Creative Campus Planning, Columbus, OH

In Planning NEXT’s “backyard” sits one of the region’s most impactful institutions: Columbus State Community College. For nearly seven years, Planning NEXT has acted as a Swiss army knife of planning for the College. Working in close collaboration with College staff, the firm led the College’s partnership with the City for the Creative Campus initiative that includes key neighbors: Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus College of Art and Design, Edwards Company, State Auto, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), and others. With Planning NEXT’s facilitation, a 14-point action agenda was shaped.

Developing an Action Agenda

The process centered around a charrette where representatives from all the organizations within the Creative Campus along with representatives from the City of Columbus, the Columbus Downtown Development Commission, COTA, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, and local developers, came together to discuss the area’s potential. The resulting Action Agenda was created centered around topics such as collaboration, infrastructure, safety, and improving community character.

Forging partnerships

Columbus State is one of the essential institutional anchors for Central Ohio. At the same time, the College has recognized that critical to its long-term success is working collaboratively with the City and other institutional partners. Planning NEXT has helped forge key strategic partnerships between the College and other entities. Through their work, the partner institutions have proactively engaged developers and generated significant interest from the development community.

Ongoing Implementation

The Creative Campus work program has included a number of concrete projects that Planning NEXT has helped facilitate, including the following:

  • Long-term parking strategy
  • Market and physical analysis of residential, retail and office
  • Land assessment focused on land use, utilization, and ownership
  • Cleveland Avenue and surround neighborhood improvements
  • Investment Plan
  • Ongoing improvements and recommendations

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Project Type: Campus Planning
Community Type: institutional campuses
Client: Columbus State Community College
Services: visioning, land use planning, area planning, capital planning