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Community Plan

Updates include Bridge Street, West Innovation District

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin's vision for the future has been updated.

City Council members last week approved an update of the 2007 Community Plan in a unanimous vote.

The document that guides planning and land use within the city was last updated in 2007 and began its most recent update through public meetings, planning and zoning commission meetings and a new website last summer.

A Community Plan website was created for the update and provides, "quick access and an enhanced user experience for both the general public and regular users of the plan," a staff report to council said.

Major areas of the plan that were amended include the Bridge Street area and West Innovation District, Planner Justin Goodwin said.

The new Bridge Street District plan that trends toward walkabout, urban-style redevelopment was added.

"This new plan incorporated the 2010 Bridge Street Corridor Vision Report and related planning information, including new text, graphics and design recommendations," the staff report to council said, noting plans for the Scioto River area that include the realignment of Riverside Drive and a pedestrian bridge were also inserted.

The West Innovation District was also amended to include new plans to draw technology, research and development and other innovative companies to the area while maintaining a focus on the outdoors as an amenity.

Updates to the future land use map, thoroughfare plan and roadway character map were also included in the amendments approved by council last week.

Other matters

In other council news, John Reiner announced he will run for another term on council.

The Ward 3 representative has been on council since 1997.

"It's been a great adventure here," he said.

Mayor Tim Lecklider announced he would seek his Ward 4 seat last month while Cathy Boring, Ward 1 representative, announced her retirement from council in April.

Former council member Greg Peterson will run for Boring's seat this fall.

Council members also last week approved a contract for summer sidewalk improvements.

A $344,605 contract was awarded to Adleta Inc. for the 2013 sidewalk maintenance program that will make improvements to sidewalks in Bristol Commons, Bellepoint, Brandon, Wellington Place, Sheffield Place, Coventry Woods and Woods of Dublin.

Sidewalk maintenance is expected to start July 15 and wrap up Oct. 1.

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