The Bexley Land Use Strategy Commission will present its preliminary findings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Torat Emet Synagogue, 2375 E. Main St.

The Bexley Land Use Strategy Commission will present its preliminary findings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Torat Emet Synagogue, 2375 E. Main St.

The land-use commission began meeting last year to develop long-term strategies for Bexley and make recommendations for the next 10 years for four study areas: Livingston Avenue from Ferndale to Mayfield; Main Street; North Cassady and Delmar; and Alum Creek between Livingston and Main Street.

City council member Ben Kessler, who chairs the commission, said some common themes emerged as the group did its work. One theme was struggling properties that could benefit from the city's help in redevelopment.

Kessler said there are former gas stations located throughout the city that require environmental remediation to be redeveloped. Ferndale and Mayfield have dilapidated housing.

"(Some) properties are poorly maintained and that area is problematic (for the city)," he said.

The city could create a redevelopment fund and deposit money into it every year to clean up some of the properties, Kessler said, adding private developers don't have the same access to environmental grants that the city does.

Another recommendation is to strengthen the city's housing code. Current code allows the city to enforce proper maintenance on the outside but not on the inside of properties that are falling apart, Kessler said.

The commission also believes there would be benefits to relocating City Hall, an idea that has been tossed around for a number of years. There is no definite plan for moving City Hall, but the commission would encourage the city to establish a target date, Kessler said.

City Hall could be moved somewhere else on Main Street to a second-floor office or to North Cassady to help promote existing retail, Kessler said.

The big issue with Cassady is the variety of zoning in place, Kessler said. The commission would like to see the city create a unified zoning district similar to Main Street that would promote first-floor retail space with office space on the second floor.

Main Street is a success story because the city developed a vision for the area through newer developments like the Bexley Gateway, Kessler said.

"Main Street has really matured in the last 10 years," he said.

On Livingston Avenue, the commission would like the city to lift restrictions on fast-food restaurant drive-throughs. City code prohibits them, but they are permitted on the south side of Livingston in Columbus.

"If you look down the street you notice the fast-food restaurants with drive-throughs are the most well maintained and most successful on Livingston," Kessler said. "It puts us at a competitive disadvantage."

Commission members would like to see Ferndale and Mayfield redeveloped in the future for senior housing, hotel development or recreational uses, Kessler said.

Alum Creek could be promoted as a recreational area by establishing a walking path from Main Street to Livingston Avenue. The path could ultimately connect to the city of Columbus bike path on Alum Creek, he said.

The land-use strategy includes comments made by residents during an initial public meeting last July and input gathered from community groups, Kessler said. "It has been a productive, cooperative effort," he said.

After the June 1 public workshop, the commission will refine the plan and develop final recommendations to be brought to city council. Council will vote on the final plan that will include a list of action items, Kessler said.

Commission member Don Brosius said he is looking forward to gathering more community input about the plan at the June 1 meeting. "This will be the second public meeting we have had seeking ideas," he said.

Economic development director Bruce Langner said he likes what he has seen so far. He specifically likes plans for Cassady, because it calls for some zoning changes.

"We definitely need to be looking at some possible changes there," he said.