Governments to regroup, strategize over Rt. 310
Friday, December 5, 2008 6:12 PM
By LORI WINCE
ThisWeek Staff Writer
Local governments and planning groups will meet Monday to talk about improving congestion on state Route 310.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is working with officials from Etna Township, Licking and Fairfield counties, the city of Pataskala, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS) to determine how land along the state Route 310 corridor should be developed in the future. The study area includes Route 310, from state Route 161 in Licking County to Stemen Road in Fairfield County and between York Road and Mink Street.
MORPC’s concepts are based on the need to widen Route 310 to five lanes by 2030.
So if they’re meeting to determine how the land should be developed, does that mean not developing it is no longer an option? Is there something wrong with leaving it as a mix of agriculture, rural farmhouses, and small villages?
My title might be unfair. There is actually nothing in the article that suggests the land will be developed auto-centrically. But there’s also nothing in article to suggest that the existing fields won’t be redeveloped with Euclidian single-use zoning. And history suggests that the land will be sprawl. After all, when was the last time you saw anything other than sprawl developed on greenfields in Ohio?
If you happen to live in this area, by all means attend the meeting and let them know what you would like on SR-310…even if it’s strip malls and gas stations.