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Northland development plan

Open house set on update


An open house on the update to a plan intended to guide development in traditional Northland is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 24.

The meeting will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, 4340 Tamarack Blvd.

The update is to a document that's more than a decade old. It deals with an area of Columbus that encompasses 17.7 square miles. It is bounded on the north and east by Interstate 270; Cooke, Ferris and Morse roads on the south; and the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Huntley Road on the west.

Some 85 percent of the area falls within Columbus city boundaries. The rest is in Worthington, Minerva Park and Blendon, Clinton, Mifflin and Sharon townships.

"At the open house, an overview of the draft area plan will be on display," according to Christine Palmer, the lead project manager for the Columbus Planning Department.

"Planning staff will be on hand to answer your questions on the proposed recommendations for urban design guidelines, future land-use plan recommendations (and) transportation improvements."

The document is available for review online at by clicking on the Development tab, choosing Planning Division, then Northland/Area Plan. Comments also may be filed online in advance of the open house.

Copies of the draft plan are available for review at the local reference sections in the Karl Road and Northern Lights branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, according to Palmer.

The Northland Community Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday, Nov. 5, on recommending the updated plan for eventual approval by Columbus City Council.

The Columbus Development Commission would consider the matter on Thursday, Nov. 14.