Within a couple of months, there will be a concrete plan for green space throughout the Olentangy River watershed.
The watershed, which stretches from the Delaware Dam in Delaware County to the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers just north of Downtown, is a 99,500-acre area of land that drains into the Olentangy River. Only 9 percent — or 8,788 acres — is protected land.
Laura Fay, science committee chairwoman for the nonprofit Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, said it’s unclear what percentage should be protected from commercial development as an analysis continues of the area.
The group is asking community members to fill out an online survey about what they would like to see in terms of green space.
“We’re trying to get as much public input as we can,” Fay said. “Nothing’s right or wrong. It’s just we want people to have opinions.”
Fay’s group is developing the plan with a variety of conservation districts and municipalities.
With the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission estimating that 3 million people will be living in central Ohio by 2050, planning for land use is key.
To take the survey, visit www.olentangywatershed.org/?p=2216.
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