Dublin City Council members at their next meeting could define a set of initiatives for the year, ranging on topics from aging-in-place programs to economics.
The topics came out of an annual retreat council members attended March 2, Councilwoman Christina Alutto said.
This year, the conversation was centered on topics each council member chose, including subjects that already had momentum behind them or things on which the city was already working.
"It really is about goal-setting," Alutto said.
City staff members assembled a memo about the material discussed during the retreat that council members could review, said Mayor Greg Peterson. At their meeting Monday, April 23, council members will have an opportunity to vote to adopt what was discussed as goals for the year.
Aging in place
Alutto's initiatives consisted of ways to address current and future needs related to helping residents age in place.
Alutto said she didn't necessarily want the city to provide additional services to residents.
Rather, she said, she wants to explore how the city could partner with other agencies such as Ohio State University or those at the county level to be an information hub of sorts for residents and caregivers.
Councilwoman Cathy De Rosa's topic concentrated on the changing economic and business landscapes throughout the state and country.
De Rosa said the city needs to consider what type of information is necessary to know about economic and industry shifts and what type of programming to have to support the city's industries.
Peterson's initiative focused on mobility, as it related to how the city would continue into the second phase of its mobility study.
In order for the city's residents to be able to age in place, the city needs to provide them with ways to get around, Peterson said.
He said he is interested in establishing an intra-city shuttle system, such as a trolley service.
Those who live in the city's Bridge Street District, whether they are older residents who have decided to downsize their home or millennials looking to live and work in the same area, need to be able to travel to different parts of Dublin, he said.
Councilwoman Jane Fox's initiative is concentrated on citizen engagement.
According to an April 5 city memo about the retreat, Fox discussed the need for the city to help find ways to collaborate with, and empower, residents.
U.S. Route 33 corridor
Councilman member Mike Keenan focused on the past, present and future of the U.S. Route 33 corridor, according to the April 5 memo.
Within that topic, Keenan and City Manager Dana McDaniel discussed utility boundaries in the area, land-use development, relationships with adjacent townships and land acquisition for future parkland and economic development opportunities.
Chris Amorose Groomes focused on the city's development code and review process. She said she focused on the roles of the city's Administrative Review Team, the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission and the public, and how each of those entities' voices should be heard.
Groomes said she's concerned the ART, which is comprised of city staff, "has too loud of a voice" that diminishes the voices of Planning and Zoning Commission members and the public.
"How can we balance the voices so that we're not quieting some voices by turning other voices up," she said.
"The community belongs to the people, it belongs to the public."
Councilman John Reiner presented 11 ideas, including a field trip to new housing developments in Westerville and New Albany; Emerald Parkway landscaping at the Riverside and Bright Road roundabout; Avery-Muirfield screening for nearby private properties; encouraging custom-built residences in the city; providing stricter building materials standards; investing in recreation in the city's northern section; Glacier Ridge Park improvements; exploring the possible sale of the Club at Corazon to Dublin; improving Dublin's Bicycle Friendly Community designation from a bronze to silver rating; council team-building activities; and marketing Dublin's image.
Regarding branding, Reiner said graphics at construction sites, such as ones on chainlink security fences, would help explain a project and answer residents' questions.