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Community plan

City seeks input on development

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

City staff members are hoping a technology can get the public involved in the latest update of Dublin's community plan.

Dublin City Council members last week also got a look at a new feature on the city's website at communityplan. dublinohiousa.gov regarding community plan amendments currently underway.

The community plan that guides development in Dublin was last updated in 2007 and the city works to update it every five years.

"Since then, a variety of new planning initiatives, development projects and changing trends have emerged that warrant consideration as part of regularly scheduled plan maintenance, not the least of which is the Bridge Street Vision Process and Zoning Code amendment," information from the city website said.

Steve Langworthy, director of land use and long-range planning, said the webpage will "inform people about what we're doing" with interactive maps, updates and plan amendments.

"It will show recent updates and what we've been doing in past months," he said.

Interactive maps show changes to plans for different areas of the city.

In the Bridge Street corridor that received its own special plan to guide redevelopment in the city's core in 2010, proposed amendments include zoning that is expected to encourage a more walkable, urban feel than previously planned for the area.

In the Tuller and Tuller Ridge Road areas, for example, the land use map shows proposed changes from mixed-use town center to a new mixed-use urban core classification that would be a mix of residential and commercial.

On the west end of Historic Dublin the land-use map also shows a change for some properties to the mixed-use village center classification from standard office to be "consistent with goals of the Bridge Street District Area Plan for context-sensitive transition in development character."

The community plan webpage also has a copy of the community plan that has blue text to show additions and crossed out text to be removed.

"It's very interactive," Langworthy said. "We think it's very intuitive."

Along with providing information to the public on the proposed changes, the webpage also encourages public involvement with comment sections and a calendar of upcoming meetings.

Council members praised the site, which Langworthy said was primarily the work of planner Justin Goodwin.

"It looks really good," Councilman Michael Keenan said.

"It's a fantastic idea," Councilman Richard Gerber agreed.

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