Dublin Villager

Community Plan update headed to Planning Commission

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The latest community plan update could be approved in May.

Dublin held a live webcast last week to inform residents about the updated community plan that will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission next month and could be passed on for City Council approval as early as May.

Staff began the community plan update last year, Planner Justin Goodwin said during the March 20 live webcast.

"We had staff from nearly every department review it and look for any information that needed updated or possibly revised," Goodwin said.

A meeting to kickoff the update process with the public was held last June, Goodwin said, and sessions on different aspects of the plan were held during the second part of last year.

To get the public involved in the process, city staff created a website for the community plan at communityplan.dublinohiousa.gov.

"We want this to be a community-involved process," Goodwin said. "This is a document that belongs to the entire city of Dublin."

Some information is still being uploaded to the site, but Goodwin last week outlined the new site in the city's first live community plan webcast.

As many as 17 people watched the webcast live and it was posted online for views after the March 20 event.

"We wanted a webcast because we want to try new and innovative ways ... to engage the community," Goodwin said.

The community plan that guides development within Dublin was last updated in 2007 and established in 1987 when Dublin became a city.

The major changes to the community plan from 2007 revolve around major planning initiatives including the Bridge Street District, West Innovation District and the Hyland-Croy corridor study.

"One of the biggest things we're doing with the community plan is revising the layout of the plan itself," Goodwin said. "We want it to be as useful and accessible to the community as it can possibly be."

The community plan website has text of the plan with changes identified with red and blue text and strikethroughs. The website also takes questions and comments from the public.

"We get to those pretty quickly and answer all the questions we receive," Goodwin said.

The site also has interactive maps that show plans for every piece of land in Dublin and targets mark proposed changes.

"It provides recommended land uses for all parcels in the city of Dublin," Goodwin said.

More information about the community plan and proposed changes will be uploaded over the next few weeks, Goodwin said, and the plan will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission April 11 for a full review.

Once planning and zoning is done with the document, it will be passed onto Dublin City Council members for review and adoption.

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