Open house focuses on mobility


A public meeting to explore ways to improve how people get around in Clintonville is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Convened by the planning and development committee of the Clintonville Area Commission, the "mobility public open house" will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave.

CAC Chairman Daniel B. Miller made the announcement at last week's monthly session on behalf of Andrew Overbeck, chairman of the planning and development panel.

With no funding on the horizon for at least five years to have city personnel develop an official mobility plan for Clintonville, committee members decided to see what ideas residents can come up with for improving the way motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians get around the neighborhood.

"Mobility lite" committee member Justin Goodwin jokingly referred to the approach when giving a report in Overbeck's stead at the August area commission session.

CAC members approved a resolution in June requesting a formal mobility plan be developed by city officials. This plan "should maximize the city's resources by prioritizing investments, achieving economies of scale and capitalizing on opportunities to coordinate and implement multiple planned improvements wherever possible," the resolution stated.

"Community mobility planning is a comprehensive approach that looks at all modes of transportation and its success is contingent upon input from key stakeholders and the public," according to the mobility options page on the city's website.

"By considering the concerns and needs of all users of the system, a stronger, more efficient and coordinated system can be created because there is more opportunity for citizens to move around, connect and adapt to changes in the system."

Linden, Olde North Columbus, Strawberry Farms, the Hilltop and Franklinton are among the neighborhoods listed on the page as having had mobility plans developed.