2017 Annual Report
In 2017, the City accomplished many goals set forth in the Keep Powell Moving Plan as well as the Comprehensive Plan Update.
Powell City Council approved the Keep Powell Moving Plan in late 2016 as an effort to improve traffic circulation, add parking and increase walkability and bicycling in our community.
Since the adoption of this plan, the City has taken a number of steps to Keep Powell Moving and carry forward the vision of this plan:
-City Council voted to permanently prohibit left turns from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday from Liberty Street to Olentangy Street.
-Completed shared-use path connections on Liberty Street and Rutherford Road.
-Traffic signal installed at Grace Drive and Olentangy Street.
We’re also continuing to work with the Delaware County Engineer’s Office on improvements and funding for the Liberty Road and Seldom Seen Road intersection and are exploring wayfinding signage with regional partners to re-route traffic to and from the Columbus Zoo and the Polaris area where possible.
Capital Improvement Projects
The City also accomplished many capital improvement projects this past year, launching the first year of the bike path and repair program, completing various park improvements and updating other critical infrastructure items.
-Repaired bike paths throughout the City
-Opened new pickleball courts in Library Park
-Updated the tennis courts at Arbor Ridge Park
-Renovated the basketball court at Adventure Park
-Repaired more than 50 storm drain inlets
-Repaired several streets through the annual Street Maintenance Program
Zoning Code Update
City Council established the Zoning Code Diagnostic Committee in 2016 to perform a comprehensive review of the zoning, subdivision and development requirements in Powell. This review is one of the land use policy recommendations from the City’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update. In late 2017, City Council adopted the new zoning code, further advancing the goals set forth in the Comprehensive Plan.
What’s Ahead for 2018?
As we ring in the New Year, we look forward to working with our community to determine future capital improvement needs and how the City funds those projects. Powell City Council appointed residents and business leaders to the Powell Citizen Financial Review Task Force during their first meeting of 2018. Members will take a look at near-term and long-term capital infrastructure needs and identify potential funding sources. A report of findings and recommendations for City Council to consider will be presented by the end of June, 2018.
The City is also working in collaboration with Columbus-based Saperstein Associates to conduct the biennial Community Attitude Survey. This year’s phone survey will be similar to those conducted in past years, with Saperstein Associates interviewing a cross-section of approximately 400 residents and will begin in late February. Residents will be asked about a variety of topics pertaining to Powell, from what they like most about living in the City to what public officials should consider to be top priorities for the future.
Past Annual Reports
2014 Annual Report (pdf)
2013 Annual Report (pdf)
2012 Annual Report (pdf)