Mayor Kneeland Launches Area Commissions to Better Engage Residents and Businesses
In an effort to better engage and encourage Gahanna residents and business owners, Mayor Tom Kneeland has established Area Commissions that will allow for more public involvement in decisions affecting commercial development, zoning and economic development efforts throughout the city. These newly created commissions will be comprised of local residents and business owners from all areas of the community and the downtown business district. The goal is to help build a better communication channel between the City and its residents, business owners, and developers.
The Area Commissions are a part of Mayor Kneeland’s 10-point Plan or “Commitment to Gahanna”
and is aligned with the City’s strategic plan, GoForward Gahanna
, which was adopted in 2016 and the Economic Development Strategy
adopted in December 2015.
“As Gahanna continues to grow, resident and business engagement and their input will be vital for future development for the City,” said Mayor Tom Kneeland. "Our goal is to get key stakeholders involved early on in the process and to foster a more transparent relationship between the community and the developers to help guide planning and reinvestment strategies for all areas of the City.”
Gahanna is the first central Ohio suburb to establish Area Commissions and joins the City of Columbus in undertaking efforts to increase engagement and communication in decisions impacting commercial and residential development.
”Area Commissions will help to provide developers with a clear picture of community expectations for new development projects while providing citizens and business owners the opportunity to shape the future development of their neighborhood,” says Anthony Jones, Director of Planning & Development.
Applications are currently being accepted and citizens are encouraged to apply. More information about the Area Commissions and the online application may be found under the Government section of the City of Gahanna website under Boards & Commissions. In addition to filling out the online form, applicants must submit a letter of interest and/or resume in order to complete their application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Gahanna
Area Commissions contact the City of Gahanna Planning & Development department at 614.342.4015 or at email@example.com