The Southwest Columbus Area Commission (SWAC), with the help of the city of
The commission’s boundaries run south of
The challenge for creating a development plan in the SWAC area is that half of the land does not belong to the city, said Kevin Wheeler, Assistant Planning Administrator for
In order to be successful, the city’s plan must include input from local townships and
Franklin Township Trustee Tim Guyton said that the township "does not have a comprehensive plan for land usage and we would love to partner with the city of
In January, the city will begin collecting data to determine what residents would like to have added to their neighborhoods. The final plan will be submitted to the Columbus City Council for approval by the end of 2008.
The city will invite the public to open meetings where residents may make suggestions. In addition, an advisory group will be formed of locals with a vested interest in the area’s future.
Wheeler does warn that the area plan should not address police and fire concerns. The finished document will discuss land usage over a period of 15 to 20 years. Safety concerns need to be addressed more quickly.
The completed plan will "draw attention to the priorities" of the neighborhood, however it will not address how to implement changes, Wheeler said.
If for example, the plan includes a sidewalk along