Nearly three years of work preparing for Hilliard's future became official Oct. 24, when city council unanimously approved an updated comprehensive plan.

Nearly three years of work preparing for Hilliard’s future became official Oct. 24, when city council unanimously approved an updated comprehensive plan.

The 233-page plan has been in the works since December 2008.

Stantec Consulting was hired to prepare an updated comprehensive plan that addressed the city’s future needs in land use, transportation, economic development, utilities, parks and recreation.

Perry J. Morgan, of Stantec Consulting, called the plan a “baseline for decision-making in the future.”

Although the plan is not a law, and its suggestions are not set in stone, the comprehensive plan will “serve as a guide for future laws,” said council president Brett Sciotto.

The plan, which was designed to guide the city for the next 20 years, included feedback from Hilliard residents who participated in data gathering sessions.

It includes 275 “action items,” for ways to enhance and redevelop key areas in the city, including the I-270 corridor, Old Hilliard and the Big Darby.

The plan states that “focus areas are priority growth areas and future decisions regarding capital improvements, development incentives, and new land use policies should encourage investment and development in these areas.”

It recommends five implementation strategies in the short term, including investing in Old Hilliard and transportation infrastructure.

For more on the Hilliard Comprehensive Plan, visit the city website at www.hilliardohio.gov.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Hilliard municipal building, 3800 Municipal Way.