The village of Johnstown will prepare for growth this year by revisiting its future land use map and updating zoning codes.

The village of Johnstown will prepare for growth this year by revisiting its future land use map and updating zoning codes.

Jim Lenner, village manager-planner, said the finalization of a planning and zoning document to prepare for future growth will be critical.

"Participation in the Western Licking County Accord will continue with Jersey Township and the city of New Albany," he said.

The accord is a planning effort among the jurisdictions to create a shared vision for the area.

Lenner said Johnstown will adopt a new, updated zoning ordinance and revisit its future land use map and strategic plan then update accordingly.

The village's budget will be very tight based on what council approved last month, he added.

"As in past years, we will continue to do as much as possible with the very limited resources we have," Lenner said. "Our residents will not see major road projects as they have in the past with Concord Road and Jersey Street.

"Depending on grant applications, we may be able to simply repair one street," he said.

He said his major concern is the severe degradation of the village's street infrastructure -- getting to a point in which the pavement and base can't be saved.

Lenner said that would result in very high construction costs for which the village has no money.

"It's a pretty serious issue in my opinion," he added.

Johnstown will continue to focus on the recruitment and retention of manufacturing businesses, Lenner said.

"We will continue our relationship with GROW Licking County and Columbus 2020 for their assistance in business retention and expansion programming," he said. "We are not able to do what they can accomplish."

Mayor Sean Staneart said he expects the village will continue to focus on economic development, planning and zoning, and working with federal, state and county agencies to optimize available resources, stretching them as far as possible.

"We should be finalizing the complete review of our current planning and zoning codes, and have an updated copy finalized by the end of the year," he said. "Depending on the budget, an extensive reworking of the design and review guidelines may or may not happen this year."

Staneart said Johnstown will continue the planning efforts of a joint parks and recreation district and also work with the Western Licking County Accord.

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