The Town of Canal Winchester is creating a new Community Plan – a long-term guiding document that will provide a vision for the future development of the town.
The community plan will address topics such as land use, community character, housing, transportation, natural resources, utilities and economic development.
The plan is developed through a series of collaborative community workshops, where residents, business owners and Canal Winchester stakeholders can work together in an open and transparent environment to develop the key ingredients of the plan – y including a vision statement, a statement of core values and a draft future land use map.
“Taking a collaborative, workshop-based approach to creating the city’s new community plan gives us a unique opportunity to envision an even brighter future for Canal Winchester, helping us to remain ‘Ohio’s Greatest Little Town’.” said Mayor Mike Ebert.
The first community workshop will take place September 20-22 at the BrewDog Beer Museum, 96 Gender Road, Canal Winchester. It will include a series of working sessions, panel discussions and public events that will take place. Public events will take place each evening at 7 p.m. These evenings will be participatory, engaging and fun for the whole family. During the day, targeted workshops and discussion groups will take place, in which the public is also invited to participate. The full workshop schedule is available at https://www.cw growtogether.com/.
Development of the new Canal Winchester Community Plan began in June 2022, guided by an active Steering Committee made up of residents, government officials and business owners from all parts of the city. The committee and city staff are working with McKenna, a planning and design firm that specializes in Midwestern communities.
Workshop presentations will be recorded and posted on the project website, https://www.cw growtogether.com/. A second community workshop will take place on November 9 and 10 in the historic Old Town district, further refining the ideas developed in September and focusing on community character and urban design.