Blendon Township residents had one last chance Monday to weigh in on potential policy statements and goals for the area's township plan before Franklin County planners put together a draft proposal.

Blendon Township residents had one last chance Monday to weigh in on potential policy statements and goals for the area's township plan before Franklin County planners put together a draft proposal.

During a public meeting Monday night, planners presented draft policy statements and potential design plans to be included in the document.

The presentation focused on policy statements drafted by the county to help the township achieve goals residents set during a public meeting last month.

Residents were asked to review the following goals and policies Monday:

Maintain the characteristics of existing neighborhoods by not allowing businesses within neighborhoods and rearranging new development in Cleveland Heights to keep as many trees as possible while keeping the same number of houses.

Maintain the rural characteristics of Big Walnut Creek by rearranging development to protect environmentally sensitive areas while maintaining the same number of houses.

Encourage attractive and economically sustainable commercial development by revising developmental regulations so new buildings are more attractive and pedestrian-friendly, improving Westerville Road according to the streetscape improvement plan and reducing the concentration of automobile-related businesses.

Nurture a sense of place by installing gateway signs, street signs and streetlights.

Allow people to stay in their homes as they age by ensuring that homes built or rehabilitated using public funds are more accessible.

Improve the appearance of rental housing by working with the property owners.

Maintain and improve parks by creating a parks master plan, creating a citizens' advisory board for park improvements and connecting neighborhoods to the trail system.

Protect the environment and keep streams clean by establishing no-disturb zones along waterways and promoting backyard conservation.

Create a complete transportation system that makes it easy for people to travel by foot, bike, public transportation or car by improving existing sidewalks and installing new ones, installing new bikeways and increasing bike parking, improving bus stops with trash cans, maps and shelters and improving roads by installing traffic-calming devices and fixing damage.

During the meeting, residents were given a survey asking whether they liked or disliked those statements them and asking for suggestions for altering them.

They also were asked for feedback on potential design plans for street signs, gateway signs and concept drawings for Westerville Road, including the Alum Creek bridge, Glengary Plaza and the intersection with Dempsey Road.

The feedback will be used to create a draft plan for the township. Residents will be asked for their input on the draft at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 Hempstead Road.

Ben Weiner, the county planner heading the project, said he knows some of the policy recommendations will be easier to implement than others, but having the policies in place in a plan will give Blendon Township the opportunity to seek available funding for the projects.

"Some recommendations are easier to carry out than others," Weiner said. "Some take money. Others require changes in behavior."

Information about the township plan can be found online at tinyurl.com/Blendon.