The City of Pickerington is busy creating a new Comprehensive Plan and recently asked residents to help guide the planning process by participating in a Virtual Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to gain a deeper understanding on planning issues that have been raised by residents. The workshop focused on the three major themes of the Community Survey process that concluded earlier in the year:
The workshop posed several questions about these themes with maps and images to solicit more detailed feedback on public preferences. The virtual workshop was made available online and received over 400 responses.
Workshop participants indicated that top bicycle and pedestrian destinations included Downtown, Pickerington Ponds Metropark, the library, and Sycamore Creek Park. Within Downtown respondents desired mixed-use development and entertainment, along with civic gathering spaces such as patio dining, a pedestrian promenade, and event space.
Relative to balanced growth initiatives, respondents requested that future public greenspace incorporate trails, boardwalks, and gathering spaces. Participants opined that landscaping, buffering, and lighting were the most important design features in future commercial developments.
The virtual workshop results will help guide the planning process going forward and will be used to create the plan recommendations. Draft plan recommendations will be made available to the public for review and comment early in 2021.
For a detailed summary of the virtual workshop results CLICK HERE
A community survey was released earlier this summer to gauge public preferences on a variety of planning issues including quality of life, land use, housing, infrastructure, parks, and greenspace. The City received 577 survey responses over a two-month period. Emergent themes included a desire for:
The City of Pickerington is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the plan update is to develop a cohesive community vision to guide future public decision-making relative to land-use and housing, transportation and infrastructure, economic development, public facilities, and community identity, while also providing an accompanying implementation strategy to achieve that vision. A Steering Committee comprised of local representatives is helping to facilitate the four-step planning process which is anticipated to be complete in early 2021.
The City encourages you to visit this webpage to learn more about the ways you can share your input on the future of Pickerington.