(Columbus) Officials in Columbus are hoping for a good turnout from the community for event that will help them plan out the next several years. The city kicked off a long-range planning process earlier this year called the “Columbus Road Map to 2050.” A Citizen Engagement Team (CET), a group of four local volunteers and four city staff, have been hosting planning conversations with various groups around town. Approximately one dozen such meetings are planned.
To augment those efforts, and to be more inclusive, the citizens group is hosting a large Community Potluck and City Planning program for the general public on Tuesday. The city will provide a main course and participants are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to pass. Starting at 6pm, people are encouraged to visit several stations throughout the pavilion to share their opinions and ideas on a range of topics related to the future of the Columbus-area.
Mayor Michael Thom says the city is relying on public participation, along with data, to create an action plan for growth. In addition to the work of the citizens group, the city has hired MSA Professional Services to consult on the project.
Lead Project Manager Jason Valerius says the public should help determine what the community values and what gaps exist in current programs and services. After gaining public input, the city will work on lining up the funding. An online and paper survey will be made available in coming weeks. The Community Potluck and City Planning program will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday at the Fireman’s Park Pavilion on Park Avenue.