Once Marysville's comprehensive land use plan is approved by city council, the city will find itself divided into eight distinct sub-areas.

Once Marysville's comprehensive land use plan is approved by city council, the city will find itself divided into eight distinct sub-areas.

ThisWeek Marysville is continuing to take a closer look at each of those areas and what gives them their own distinct identity. This is a profile of the fourth identified district, Marysville North.

As the northernmost sub area established by the comprehensive land use plan, North Marysville is considered one of the city's newer areas, primed for future growth, according to city administrator Jillian Froment.

"Marysville North is starting to be really well known with people who are thinking about living in our town," she said. "It's one of our newest areas, and it's growing.

"One of the things we have a concern about is making sure that we create a really accessible area there for the community."

Marysville North encompasses the entire portion of the city located north of U.S. 33 and U.S. 36, from Mill Creek along the western boundary of Marysville to Simmons Lane and Waldo Road along the eastern boundary, as laid out in the plan. The sub area is naturally separated into three areas -- an almost completely developed residential community along Mill Creek, a central area of undeveloped land and government uses that has been slated to house the Cooke's Pointe development, and an eastern portion that is home to the OSU Union County extension office, a Scotts Farms subdivision and Navin Elementary School.

As Marysville North is separated from the rest of the city by the highways, Froment said the city's biggest goal with the sub area will be connecting it to Marysville as a whole, while retaining its own distinct personality.

"The road system as created wasn't built with the idea of having a large development up there," Froment said. "We want to make sure that the residents have safe access, but remain easily connected to the rest of the city. When the (highway) interchanges are redeveloped, we will be looking at designing them in a way that creates a safe passage from one side to the other."

The interchanges along U.S. 33 at Route 31 and Route 4 were the focus of the North Marysville Traffic Study, which was completed in January 2009. The study states that over the next two decades, Route 31 will need to be widened to five lanes from the 31/4 interchange north to Millwood Boulevard, and also recommends additional right-of-way be acquired along north/south Route 4 if that road would need to be widened to five lanes.

"We mentioned the study in our annual report, and have tried to get a safety study for the area," Froment said. "That's what will start us down the path toward state and federal dollars for the update of those interchanges. Ultimately we weren't successful (in securing funding), but we are in the process of meeting with ODOT on how to address this area."

One unique proposal to increase interconnectivity with Marysville North that is being considered would be the construction of a pedestrian bridge to span the highway.

"(City engineer) Valerie Klingman is looking at some options for that. Apparently those bridges are very infrequent, their design and configuration need to be as secure as those used for automobile traffic," Froment said.

"Planning for bike and pedestrian paths is also important as the area develops," she said. "We want to make sure that this area remains to be somewhere that is very neighborhood and pedestrian friendly."

Sub-areas identified in the comprehensive plan to be discussed in upcoming issues of ThisWeek Marysville include the Regional Commercial District, the Innovation District, Marysville South and Marysville West.