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David Robinson elected for President of Worthington City Council and Katy Brewer for President Pro tem. These are two year positions and you can read the details at this website link.Worthington Leaders


Worthington City Council voted unanimously at its December 13, 2021 meeting to deny the development proposal submitted by Lifestyle Communities (LC) for the former United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH) property.

If LC wants to submit a new application, it must wait at least six months after the October 2021 Municipal Planning Commission recommendation of denial, which would be mid-April 2022.

The Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) voted to deny requests to rezone three sections of East Wilson Bridge Road.


October 14, 2021 MPC/ARB denies current application by Lifestyle Communities to rezone and redevelop the former UMCH property. Here is the link to the video recording of the meeting. https://worthingtonoh.new.swagit.com/videos/141728



We are currently updating this web page to reflect post 2021 city council election activities. If you are interested in reading additional WARD documents they can be found on Google Drive at this link

Who is WARD?

The primary reason for WARD’s (Worthington Alliance for Responsible Development) existence is advocacy for responsible development in the City of Worthington. Our decision in 2021 to form a PAC (Political Action Committee) is to support and elect those candidates who are like-minded and share our community’s concern for responsible development.

At the time of formation of WARD the immediate threat was a Giant Eagle on the United Methodist Children Home property. That overdevelopment idea has been followed by the latest Lifestyle Communities LLC proposal for 600 residential units, including 420 apartments in four and five story blocks. At 2 residents per unit this would increase Worthington's total population by 8.5% on just 25 acres. It's that dense. The plan also calls for 1362 parking spaces and of greenspace there is precious little.

Please read WARD’s White Paper for further understanding and contact WARD at wardworthington@gmail.com with questions and suggestions. Donations, both large and small are welcome in advocating candidates who are committed to responsible development. The “Donate Now Button” follows this paragraph.

Thank you for your consideration and support.


WARD (Worthington Alliance for Responsible Development) was formed in 2012 by a considerable number of concerned residents to prevent development that would overwhelm our neighborhoods and to encourage responsible policy, planning and leadership. WARD's vision for the use of the former UMCH property is memoralized in its White Paper. The link to this White Paper is here

2021 City Council Election

From the Franklin County Board of Elections, here is the list of certified candidates for the Worthington 2021 City Council election which is scheduled for November 2, 2021 with early voting starting October 5, 2021. There are 4 seats council open for this election and Ms. Kowalczyk and Mr. Robinson are currently on council and seeking re-election as council members.

Katy Brewer

Mike Duffey

Rebecca Hermann

Beth Kowalczyk

David Robinson

Maggie Sutton

Edited August 26, 2021-----Members of the WARD Planning Group are in the process of interviewing the candidates and asking for their position(s) on real estate development within the City of Worthington. The WARD Planning Group plans to share the results of these interviews with the community in the early Fall.


The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus in partnership with the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government invites you to participate in a candidate forum at the McConnell Arts Center (777 Evening Street, 43085) on October 5, 2021 from 7:00 – 9:00pm. From 6:30 – 7:00pm there will be a Meet & Greet where all candidates are welcome to talk with audience members. There will be a table for campaign literature.


The WARD Planning Group members are: Michael Bates (Worthingway), Pamela Fair(Greenbriar Hill), Eric Gnezda (Worthingway), Tom Hamer (Worthingway), Beth Mitchell (Worthington Estates), Ellen Scherer (Old Worthington), Steve Tornes (Worthington South)



League of Woman Voters Candidate's Night Video


WARD Endorses: Brewer, Duffey, Robinson, Sutton for Worthington City Council


The upcoming City Council election in November is likely to have profound effects on the development of UMCH. For the first time in years, it seems likely that development on UMCH can finally move forward.


There are 4 seats up for election. WARD interviewed all 6 candidates. WARD is endorsing the four candidates listed below because they are most closely aligned with WARD's vision for UMCH.

(selecting the candidate's name will take you to their web page and their social media sites are listed below.)


Katy Brewer

Mike Duffey

David Robinson

Maggie Sutton


This vision for the UMCH property was presented in WARD's White Paper, 2018.

  • UMCH can become a vibrant, centrally located asset to be enjoyed by the entire community for generations to come

  • WARD envisions the largest portion of a 24.5 acre parcel in the center and rear of the property as an open contiguous public space for the common good

  • Worthington needs more housing options. A smaller portion of the 24.5 acres can be developed for residents who want to age in place and younger buyers who are entering home ownership, all adjoining a beautiful park

  • Our city needs to generate income tax revenue from development of the UMCH site in order to develop and maintain it. WARD supports the establishment of businesses with high salaried positions in the ten acres of land along High Street already zoned for commercial use

  • We call for city leaders to support the proposals made by WARD as a vision of what UMCH can become

  • We call for city leaders to ensure that WARD and other resident voices are stakeholders as plans move ahead

  • We call for city leaders to recognize that UMCH is a true legacy property, prominent in our past and a beacon for our future.



Katy Brewer

Web Site - katybrewerforcouncil.com

Facebook - Katy Brewer for Council

Instagram - n/a

Twitter - @katyforcouncil

Email - katyforcouncil2021@gmail.com

Mike Duffey

DufffeyforWorthington.com

https://www.facebook.com/YesToMikeDuffey

David Robinson

Website:

https://robinsonforworthington.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RobinsonForWorthington/

email:

RobinsonForWorthington@gmail.com

Maggie Sutton

Email: suttonforworthington@gmail.com

Cell: 773-706-5615

Website: suttonforworthington.com

Facebook: SuttonForWorthington

Instagram:@ SuttonForWorthington

Yard Sign Recycling

Worthington Residents,


The election day is almost here. We encourage you to VOTE.


As you have noticed, there are a lot of yard signs. They can be recycled! WARD would like to do its part to keep the signs out of the landfill and make sure they are recycled. SWACO is hosting a recycle event. Here are the details.


Election Sign Recycling Event, November 6

Wondering what to do with those yard signs after the election is over? SWACO will be hosting a collection and recycling event on November 6 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Bill McDonald Athletic Complex (4990 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214). All paper and plastic signs (including coroplast) and metal stands will be accepted for recycling.

Want more ideas on how you can recycle right and reduce food waste, visit www.swaco.org

Together, we can make a difference.

Yard signs can be dropped off the locations below. Drop off by Friday, 11/5. WARD members will transport them to SWACO on Saturday, 11/6. If you like to help, please let us know.

    • 58 Larrimer Avenue

    • 112 E. New England Avenue

    • 211 Chaucer Court

    • 6560 Evening Street

    • 160 Longfellow Avenue


UMCH Rezoning Don't Zone Out

The adjacent map shows the current zoning of the former Methodist Children's Home property along High Street in Worthington. This is direcly across High Street from Worthington City Hall. The new landowner Lifestyle Communities is proposing high density residential development on this property with up to 720 dwelling units. The details of the proposal can be reviewed on the City of Worthington's website here.


The map to the right clearly shows the former UMCH property in the middle of the Worthington residential area.

Above is the proposed development of the former UMCH property by Lifestyle Communites. Don't let the subdued colors surrounding the development fool you. These areas are all existing homes in the Worthington Estates and Worthingway subdivisions. The North direction is up and Sub-area 5 on the lower part of the map is the Tucker Creek reserve.

In the left frame are the details of how many proposed living units are planned for each sub area which are outlined in the above map.

I Am Boundless Master Plan