The Worthington Community Visioning Committee's desire to seek a plethora of public ideas has gone live online.

The committee, which is helping residents map out a 20-year vision for the city, is accepting comments at visionworthington.org.

"I think this is going to provide a platform for people to form their opinions but also see what others are saying," said Joe Sherman, chairman of the 13-member group.

The open forum asks residents to register and note where they live, work or own a business, share their stories and what they would like to see in their neighborhoods or community in general, Sherman said.

The website includes such information as interactive polls and surveys, discussion forums and updates from the committee.

"I think this, to me, is a good opportunity to educate the public," he said.

It's the next step of the yearlong visioning process, which started in September, Sherman said.

Worthington City Council in October approved $140,000 to cover the scope of work for the Poggemeyer Design Group Inc., a consultant based in Bowling Green, to help facilitate the process, said Worthington spokesperson Anne Brown.

Sherman said residents should know there are no wrong ideas. In other words, residents should feel free to express themselves on quality-of-life issues, he said.

"It's not specific," he said. "... We want your input. What do you want the city to do?"

Sherman throws in one caveat: Big-ticket items, such as the Northeast Gateway project, are best handled by the city's administration.

Sherman said he hopes to get 80% of the population to weigh in on the visioning process, even if that goal is unattainable.

"I'm hopeful we'll get not a number but the right people," he said.

When the weather turns warmer, members of the committee will become more visible, handing out material at the Worthington Farmers Market and other events, as well as going door to door in areas that might be underrepresented, Sherman said.

The visioning committee also will hold a public forum next month or in mid-April to inform residents about the group's progress and solicit more feedback.

"We're hoping to get 100 to 200 residents to show up," he said.

Although the initiative has no specific timeline for completion, it likely will be wrapped up by August, with a final draft submitted to council in September.

Council Vice President Scott Myers said council has not discussed how it will approach the report but likely will accept it by resolution and acknowledge the work that has been done.

"I think our hope is we would then use that document in our more formal planning and goal-setting going forward," Myers said.

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