Upper Arlington City Council members had the opportunity to learn a little more about the future plans of one of the city's biggest neighbors recently.

Upper Arlington City Council members had the opportunity to learn a little more about the future plans of one of the city's biggest neighbors recently.

Representatives from the Ohio State University delivered a presentation on the university's framework plan - including ideas for the western portions of OSU closest to Upper Arlington - during council's March 12 meeting.

"The framework plan is the overarching plan that deals with the campus, its buildings and development, and its programs," said Jay Kasey, OSU's senior vice president for administration and planning. "We want to be good neighbors, and we're really pleased to be here tonight, and look forward to any further discussion that this initial conversation might start us toward."

Senior director of planning and real estate Amanda Hoffsis discussed various aspects of the plan with council, including areas where connectivity could be strengthened along OSU's borders. One of those areas focuses on extending Kinnear Road, she said.

"We would like to bring Kinnear Road through and across the river someday - straighten it out and make easy access between the heart of our medical center and the research that's happening on Kinnear Road," Hoffsis said. "We're studying today if that's feasible. We feel that our initial studies have suggested that it is and we're taking a deeper look."

Councilman Mike Schadek asked whether the plan accounts for a connector road between Ackerman and Zollinger roads.

"I've had this discussion with (city manager Ted Staton) a couple of times recently," said Terry Foegler, assistant vice president for physical planning and real estate. "You can see that our plan does ultimately show and reflect that connection going through. I think that's an example of the principle of connectivity that's embodied in the plan.

"What I've told (Staton) was, in terms of capital improvements that we are looking at as important to the university, that (connector) is on no one's list at the university as a high priority at present," Foegler said. "There's nothing significant in terms of our strategic objectives that you'll find in the framework that causes that to rise to the surface. Things like (Cannon Drive and Kinnear Road), they are all going to be competing for funds far sooner than that."

Councilwoman Debbie Johnson stressed that the plan is a very long-term project.

"I want to make sure this is clear for the audience: This is a framework. It is looking out 10, 25, 50 years," she said. "(OSU) is not going to be building a bridge over Kinnear next year."

"This really gives us a snapshot of what a buildout 50 years from now might be," Hoffsis said. "It really is a 50-year scenario."

The complete text of OSU's framework plan can be viewed online at http://fod.osu.edu/afp/framework.pdf.