Council gives green light to Keep Powell Moving Plan
(POWELL, Ohio)—Nov. 16, 2016—The proposed Keep Powell Moving Downtown Powell Street System & Circulation Plan was approved 5-2 by Powell City Council during their Tuesday, Nov. 15 meeting.
The plan is an effort to improve traffic circulation, add parking and increase walkability and bicycling. Two Keep Powell Moving public workshops were held over the summer along with numerous stakeholder interviews, providing an opportunity for the community to submit feedback on the proposed recommendations.
“Our most recent Community Attitudes Survey shows that while six out of ten people believe Powell is an exceptional place to live, only one resident in three is satisfied with managing local traffic,” said City Manager Steve Lutz. “We listened to that feedback and are taking aggressive steps to address these traffic concerns.”
The Plan facilitates better traffic movement through and around the Four Corners, enhances access, parking and circulation to downtown businesses and events, and lastly, preserves and improves downtown character and walkability.
The Keep Powell Moving initiative puts the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan into action. Powell City Council approved the Comprehensive Plan in late 2015 and five out of ten guiding principles of the Plan focus on downtown, the Olentangy and Liberty Street intersection and traffic concerns.
“The Keep Powell Moving Plan is a guiding document for the future of downtown Powell,” said Mayor Brian Lorenz. “The City has a plan in place now to keep Powell on the move and to make sure we remain one of the best places to live in the country.”
The next steps for plan implementation include developing a funding strategy and prioritizing the implementation of the various improvements.
Learn more about the Keep Powell Moving Initiative by visiting here for the Fact Sheet.