Village of Plain City plans for growth


Staff report



This is a potential rendering of what the use of this area could look like at State Route 161 east of the Village to the Franklin/Madison County line, south to Price-Hilliards Road and north to Currier Road.


Contributed photo | Village of Plain City

The Village of Plain City has spent the last year planning for the future of our community. With imminent growth, development pressures, along with aging water and wastewater plants, Village Council and staff has made planning a priority. The quaint community, outstanding school district, safe neighborhoods and its proximity to larger communities, make Plain City very desirable, says Kevin Vaughn, Village Administrator.

“The village is trying to be proactive in land use and development to ensure our current residents don’t feel a negative effect with the growth. During this planning process, Village staff has had numerous conversations with engineers, the EPA, county commissioners, State Representatives, Jonathan Alder School District, and other local communities to evaluate the direction of the Village in the upcoming years,” he told Council Monday night.

The Village of Plain City recently completed a Feasibility Study to help assist with the decision of expanding its utility service area. Plain City is planning to expand utility services on State Route 161 east of the Village to the Franklin/Madison County line, south to Price-Hilliards Road and north to Currier Road.

Vaughn presented the feasibility study to Council at its meeting Monday night. Council plans to meet again in a work session Monday.

“This area would be a mix of green space, residential, light industrial and commercial. There will be an emphasis placed on trails for connectivity and green space to follow the natural tributaries in the area. The plan intends to respect the natural boundary of Darby Creek to maintain the existing historical feel within current corporate limits while still encouraging growth and revitalization,” Vaughn said.

“The Village will be embarking on Comprehensive Plan beginning in September to control the direction of our growth. By including input from our residents, economic development professionals, staff and many others, we look forward to a prosperous future for our community,” said Vaughn.

This is a potential rendering of what the use of this area could look like at State Route 161 east of the Village to the Franklin/Madison County line, south to Price-Hilliards Road and north to Currier Road.
http://plaincity-advocate.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/07/web1_PlainCity161PotentialDevelopmentmappiccol.jpgThis is a potential rendering of what the use of this area could look like at State Route 161 east of the Village to the Franklin/Madison County line, south to Price-Hilliards Road and north to Currier Road. Contributed photo | Village of Plain City

Staff report