Although a formal, City Council-adopted update to the Clintonville neighborhood plan is not in the immediate future, the document designed to guide development in the neighborhood has been undergoing a review.
A subcommittee of the Clintonville Area Commission's planning and development committee has been examining the existing plan, which was approved by council in 2009, for the past 12 months, said Andrew Overbeck, the committee's chairman.
Speaking at the Sept. 7 area commission meeting, Overbeck said a draft memorandum of what subcommittee members have come up with will be presented at the CAC's next session, set Oct. 5.
Commission meetings usually are held in the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St. They run from 7 to 9 p.m.
CAC Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt said she is looking forward to the subcommittee's recommendations.
"It's an evaluation of the neighborhood plan and trying to see what has worked and what hasn't, what's been adhered to and what hasn't," she said. "Particularly, they're going to be looking at some of the zoning cases we've looked at and checking to see if what the builders did went along with the plan and how it's affected the community.
"I think they're also going to make some recommendations about what we as a community need to be looking at when the actual update happens."
Although the draft memorandum isn't scheduled for full discussion until next month, Overbeck provided a preview at the Sept. 7 meeting. He said that the neighborhood plan review was "spurred by increased development activity and potential for new development, primarily High Street and Indianola (Avenue)."
Work completed in the subcommittee's process includes a technical review of items in the plan and identification of "larger issues related to development guidance," according to the presentation. These include a development checklist that's part of the 2009 document being largely ignored, proposals of a scale and type not envisioned in that plan and ways to ensure "architectural and site design guidelines are appropriately implemented."
David Vottero, who represents District 1 on the area commission, applauded those sentiments.
He said he would like to see a simplified development checklist, not the complicated one in the current plan.
"The major thing will be the checklist we try to get developers to use will be much more user-friendly," Vottero said. "My hope is the idea of architectural guidelines for the commercial corridor moves forward and that it be coordinated with the neighborhood plan. The idea behind architectural guidelines was that the neighborhood plan had already articulated that there were different conditions on Indianola and High streets."
Although Overbeck said that it may be a long time before city officials are willing to spend the money required for a formal neighborhood plan update, Wetherholt said the review work probably will simplify and streamline that process when it comes around.
"Nothing we're doing is going to surprise them a lot and we've looked to them for guidance," she said. "The way the city's growing and the limitations of city planners, I think they're OK with it."