New Albany News

City officials to brief residents on strategic plan Jan. 29


New Albany city officials will host a public meeting for community members to view the updated strategic plan from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Market Street.

"We will have draft recommendations at the meeting," said Adrienne Joly, New Albany's interim deputy community development director.

Joly said the plan includes directions on future land use and a thoroughfare plan.

The city began an update of its strategic plan last year. The strategic plan was adopted in 1998 and last updated in 2006, with an addendum in 2008 to add the research and information district in the Central College business campus.

City staff members have worked with planners from MKSK, a planning and design firm with offices in Columbus, Kentucky and Indiana; E.P. Ferris and Associates, the city's engineering firm; and 30 community members to update the plan.

The community members include: residents; local business owners; school district officials; representatives of community groups, such as the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society, the New Albany Community Foundation, the New Albany Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Blacklick Creek; and representatives of city planning groups, such as the parks and trails advisory board, planning commission and board of zoning appeals.

The updated plan will include changes that occurred between 2006 and 2011 and set future goals for development.

Joly said the plan will include recommendations on land use in the city's Personal Care and Beauty Campus, which is the only portion of the city in Licking County.

Those recommendations were made by a leadership team that includes Tom Rubey, development director of the New Albany Co.; Craig Mohre, president of the New Albany Community Foundation; Ray Silverstein, a member of the planning commission; Mark Ryan, a New Albany-Plain Local school board member; and Suzanne Lucas, organizer of the New Albany Community Garden and member of the nonprofit organization Healthy New Albany.

The thoroughfare plan will include suggested improvements and connections to the city's road and trail systems.

Joly said recommendations being finalized for the presentation will include specifics on road width, potential design, number of lanes needed and the benefits of medians on certain roads.

The updated plan also includes information on parks and open space, economic development and sustainability issues.

The city has budgeted $150,000 for the update, which is expected to be finalized this year.