There is a saying that people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan. Westerville has a long history of good planning, with significant activity in the last five years. Since 2010, the city has published an operational strategic plan, master plans for Uptown and Parks and Recreation, and an economic development and branding study. These initiatives demonstrate our commitment to continually assessing where we want to be as a community, developing actionable strategies and plans, and aligning our resources accordingly.

There is a saying that people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan. Westerville has a long history of good planning, with significant activity in the last five years. Since 2010, the city has published an operational strategic plan, master plans for Uptown and Parks and Recreation, and an economic development and branding study. These initiatives demonstrate our commitment to continually assessing where we want to be as a community, developing actionable strategies and plans, and aligning our resources accordingly.

One of the biggest planning initiatives any community can undertake is its comprehensive plan. Our last plan was adopted more than 50 years ago, so a new plan has been underway for more than a year. The project took on the essence of "Imagine Westerville," the draft of which is now available for your review and inspection.

Imagine Westerville is a community plan: a guide that expresses Westerville's values in many aspects, especially land use. It is a broad public policy document to provide strategic vision for land use, housing, environment, economic development, historic preservation and transportation. It is also a resource to prepare for change, serving as a business plan and guides future decision-makers in the ongoing development of the city.

This extensive planning project has been widely promoted for the public's participation in a series of events, asking residents to assess plan options and help establish policies and priorities. It's important that the community continue its participation as we approach the final phase of the plan's development and adoption.

There are a number of ways you can get or remain involved. One, visit imaginewesterville .org to read more about the process that has given shape to the document. Two, see it for yourself. Hard-copy drafts are available at the city building at 64 E. Walnut St., City Hall (Clerk of Council's office), the Westerville Public Library, the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Westerville City Schools district office. Lastly, attend a public hearing. The plan will be presented at a Westerville Planning Commission work session on Thursday, Sept. 24 and regular meetings on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Monday, Nov. 23. The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on these nights at City Hall, 21 S. State St. The schedule is also available at the city website, westerville.org.

Thank you to the countless citizens who have already imagined Westerville for the generation ahead. Your voice in this document makes it real; a guide city staff and your elected leadership can use to ensure Westerville's place as one of America's premier communities.

David Collinsworth is Westerville's city manager.