Columbus Residents Asked For Input In Planning City’s Future

(Columbus) Columbus officials are asking the public for their help in planning the next several years. The city kicked off a long-range planning process earlier this year called the “Columbus Road Map to 2050.” City Administrator Patrick Vander Sanden explains how this initiative got started. He says it is a result of several years of visions and discussions had within the community. Vander Sanden says just recently the council put resources in the budget to make sure Columbus grows wisely. He also credits a Citizen Engagement Team (CET), a group of four local volunteers and four city staff, who have been hosting planning conversations with various groups around town. A community survey was made public several weeks ago to provide more insight for residents. Vander Sanden says the window to take the survey is closing soon. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, he encouraged citizens to take a few minutes to fill it out. Vander Sanden says there are a total of 33 questions and does not take long to answer. He says the survey taker will answer questions including why they choose to live in Columbus, the challenges facing the city and how to expand services. The survey is available at the Columbus city website at