Grandview Heights officially will invite residents to help guide the city into the future April 10.

The first public meeting in the city's community planning process will be held at 7 p.m. that day at the shelter at Wyman Woods Park, 1515 Goodale Blvd.

The process, dubbed "Grandview Heights: Growing on Tradition," will be an effort to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the future, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

It will include two separate but connected elements, he said.

The planning process will focus on creating an update of the city's community plan.

"Our last plan was adopted about 20 years ago and we've made some updates here and there, but it's time for a more broad-based and comprehensive update," DeGraw said.

"A lot of conditions have changed over the last 20 years," City Council President Greta Kearns said. "We need to develop a new blueprint for where we want to go. It's going to be a process that is very visionary, values-driven and strategic."

The community planning process will address issues such as the type of residential and commercial growth the city wants, what direction residents want the city to go and the tools and guidelines that can help the city meet its goals, DeGraw said.

"A community plan creates the vision for the city's future," he said.

The city also will conduct a campus planning process to address the city's properties along Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard, including the Municipal Building and fire station site on Grandview Avenue, Wyman Woods Park and the current site of the service and parks and recreation departments on Goodale Boulevard.

The service department and parks maintenance operations soon will move to property the city has purchased on McKinley Avenue in Columbus, opening up the space it now occupies.

"We want to determine what the land-use wants and needs of our community (are) when it comes to recreational and programming space and also keeping in mind what we need for our city operations," DeGraw said.

"We want to make sure we are making the best and most-efficient use of our space that addresses what the city needs and our community's needs and desires."

The city has retained the McBride Dale Clarion firm to guide the community planning process.

A second firm will be hired to serve in the same role for the campus planning process, DeGraw said.

That firm has been selected and the city is negotiating a final agreement with the company, he said.

"We hope to have that finalized and have them in place by the time this public process begins," DeGraw said.

The second firm will work with McBride Dale Clarion to align the elements of the two plans, he said.

Community participation will be of paramount importance in both processes, DeGraw said.

"We need our residents to be involved all along the way to make sure this is a truly collaborative effort and one that reflects our community's shared vision for our future direction," he said.

"Everyone has their own ideas, but I think there is more that unites us as a community than divides us," Kearns said. "This process will be important because it will give people a chance to come together, share their own ideas and hear what others think."

The April 10 meeting will be the first step in a process that is expected to take about a year to complete, DeGraw said.

The first meeting will include "a lot of data and information about where the community has come from and where we are now," Kearns said.

A number of public meetings will be scheduled throughout the process, DeGraw said.

The city will create separate steering committees to help guide the community and campus planning efforts.

Residents are encouraged to apply to participate in one or both groups, DeGraw said.

Resumes and letters of intent may be sent to dnicodemus@ grandviewheights.org by May 1.

Information about the planning process will be updated regularly at grandviewheights .org/growingontradition.

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