CAC's planning committee sets meet-and-greet for Sept. 25
The initial meeting of the reconstituted Clintonville Area Commission planning and development committee is scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 25.
For a change, the chairman is a professional planner and not a member of the CAC. In fact, no one on the 11-member planning and development panel currently is on the area commission.
District 1 resident Andrew Overbeck, who earned his master's degree in urban and regional planning from Ohio State University in 2005, said last week the Sept. 25 meeting mostly will be an opportunity for his fellow volunteers and him to meet each other.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave.
The other members of the planning and development committee include former CAC District 1 representative Mike McLaughlin; Andy Taylor and Michael Ranney of District 2; District 3 residents Jason V. Advani, David Monroe, Micaela Stratton and Libby Wetherholt; Jim Dziatkowicz and Lisa Lamantia of District 4; and Justin Goodwin, who resides in District 7.
"The first order of business would be to get to know one another," the chairman said. "I think we've got a good group of people."
Overbeck, 37, is a senior associate with MKSK Studios, a planning, urban design, landscape architecture and entertainment design firm with offices in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and California.
"Andrew has completed transformational municipal planning, long-range planning, urban design, streetscape, alternative transportation, urban parks and campus master-plan projects," according to his biography on the website of the company that, among other projects, developed the master plan for the Arena District and the Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus. "He has worked in cities throughout the region on downtown plans and public realm improvements with a focus on urban revitalization, sustainability and connectivity."
The duties of the planning and development committee are, according to the CAC's website:
"The committee will explore what federal, state and local funds may be available to implement plans in the Clintonville area. The committee will provide arenas for interested parties and the general population to participate and discuss all such issues affecting Clintonville. The committee will work proactively with other community-based organizations to forward the development and promotion of Clintonville in a manner consistent with the commission's mission statement."
In volunteering to serve on the panel -- and accepting the chairmanship when it was unexpectedly offered -- Overbeck said he hopes to see an end to the "in-fighting and divisiveness and single-issue problems" that had plagued all things CAC in recent years, with the planning and development committee no exception.
"I know that Clintonville has a plethora of talented individuals who live in the neighborhood, and I know we can do better than we've been doing," Overbeck said.
Following the get-acquainted session Sept. 25, Overbeck said he would hope to have city staff members on hand for the Oct. 23 meeting to provide information on aspects of the Clintonville Neighborhood Plan that still need to be implemented and define terminology such as commercial overlay in order to "get people on the same page."
"Maybe farther down the line we'll get into maybe bringing in some developers to talk about particular sites," Overbeck said. "We want to look ahead and not look back on the things that have been discussed in the past.
"We're going to work closely with the area commission. We can't make decisions ourselves. We discuss things and bring them to the commission for the decisions."
Future meetings tentatively are scheduled for Nov. 27, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30 and Aug. 27.