The Westland Area Commission (WAC) signed off on a Planning Service Agreement with the city of Columbus in order to initiate the start of revising an antiquated Westland Area Plan.

The Westland Area Commission (WAC) signed off on a Planning Service Agreement with the city of Columbus in order to initiate the start of revising an antiquated Westland Area Plan.

The measure took place at the July 21 commission meeting, where members were unanimous in getting the process started again as soon as possible. An attempt to revise the plan took place in 2004 but was derailed by issues concerning the Big Darby Creek.

A new plan promises to direct the city of Columbus in future development and redevelopment of the area for the next 10 years in the Westland area. The plan will address urban design, land use, transportation and other planning issues facing the community, with a principal focus on development-related issues and polices.

The plan's boundaries are Norfolk Southern railroad tracks to the north, Interstate 270 to the east, Big Run South Road and Grove City Road to the south and Hellbranch Run Creek to the west.

The next step of the plan will be to identify a working committee made up of area stake holders and neighborhood representatives willing to commit themselves to meetings and to giving their input on future development.

"It has been 20 years since the last plan was developed," commission member Mike McKay said. "A lot has changed. We will need good community involvement in this process."

Commission chair Linda Pitts said she would like to see each commission member send her the names of three people who would be willing to serve.

"We need names for major stake holders who are willing to put the time into a working committee," she said.

Pitts said it will be important that the committee be a fair representation of the area. The South-Western City School District, Prairie Township, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital along with the Westland Area Business Association (WABA) should all be considered major players, she said.

"We will need a good representation of all the neighborhoods too," McKay added.

After the committee is identified it is the hope of the commission to then start holding committee meetings, Pitts said.

"I would like to see individuals who have been in the area a long time be involved," Pitts said. "I want to see organized meetings begin this fall."

The next WAC meeting is slated to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital on West Broad Street.

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