Twenty years ago, City of Delaware community members worked in partnership to re-invest in the City’s historic Downtown and transform vacant and deteriorated streetscapes into a vibrant center of activity. It was a model for the Central Ohio region—and beyond—for how collaboration can lead to great placemaking and change the course of the future.
Now, the City has done it again through “Delaware Together,” its latest comprehensive planning process.
After over three years of deliberate and engaged planning—including continued, productive work through the COVID-19 pandemic—the plan was unanimously adopted by City Council on May 10.
And as with the revitalization of Downtown—which was designated by both the American Planning Association (APA) and APA Ohio as a “Great Place” in 2019—the most recent planning process has set an example for others.
“This plan embraces change while preserving what makes our community so special,” said John Rybka, Steering Committee member. “There are not too many civic activities that can compare with charting the future of the city we call home.”
The planning process was led by a volunteer steering committee and championed by City staff and many others. It has resulted in six high-level goals and over 230 specific recommendations for the next 10-15 years. The plan recommends changes to character and land use with a focus on areas with significant potential for development while balancing fiscal sustainability. Other key components of the plan include planning for population growth, supporting housing choices (especially “missing middle” housing), and building social cohesion and equity to welcome and unify all community members.
Once again, the City of Delaware has risen to its challenges during an uncertain time. And, once again, the City is setting an example for other communities in the region and across the state.
Watch the short video about the Delaware Together planning process.
More information about Delaware Together can be found at www.delawaretogether.net.