We, the members of the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission task force, submit this petition for the formation of an Area Commission in order to afford voluntary citizen participation, in an advisory capacity, within our boundaries. Our intention is to engage with Columbus City Council to facilitate communications, understanding, and cooperation between neighborhood groups, City of Columbus officials, City of Columbus departments, adjoining area commissions, the adjoining cities of Whitehall and Bexley, business owners, and commercial and residential developers.
This Commission will enhance and empower the importance of existing neighborhood organizations within its boundaries, making them more efficient and effective. As a commission, we will seek direct community input before decisions or recommendations are made that could affect our communities’ safety, aesthetics, property values, or quality of life.
We are residents who live, work, and/or own property within the following boundaries:
- Northern Boundary: The centerline of the Columbus & Ohio Railroad running from the Bexley to Whitehall city boundary lines
- Eastern Boundary: The Whitehall city boundary from the centerline of the Columbus & Ohio Railroad to the southwestern most corner of the city of Whitehall, turning west to the edge of the public right-of-way along Bernett Road, then continuing south to Livingston Avenue, turning west on the centerline of Livingston Avenue to James Road and then continuing south on the centerline of James Road to Interstate I-70
- Southern Boundary: Interstate I-70 running from James Road to the centerline of Alum Creek
- Western Boundary: The centerline of Alum Creek running north from Interstate I-70 to the Bexley city boundary at Livingston Avenue, and then following the Bexley city boundary north to the Columbus & Ohio Railroad right-of-way
Task Force Members
- Ari Gitlitz (North Eastmoor)
- Carolyn Thurman (Berwick Resident)
- David Martin (Central Eastmoor Resident)
- Etienne (Troy) Manning (Berwick Resident & Small Business Rep)
- James Russell (Berwick Resident)
- Joseph Potter (North Eastmoor Resident)
- Justin Shaw (Social Benefit Organization)
- Mark Kraus (Mayfair Peacekeepers Resident)
- Mat Fetters (East Hampton Resident)
- Patrick “Paddy” Page (High School Student & Central Eastmoor Resident)
- Rhett Plank (Central Eastmoor Resident
- Sarah Marsom (Central Eastmoor Resident)
- Sheri Wein Barlay (Large Landholder/Rental Management Rep)
- Suzanne Wheeler (South Eastmoor Resident)
Task Force Agent
The task force has designated Rhett Plank of Central Eastmoor as the agent for the commission to handle communications between the City of Columbus and the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission
Area Commission Bylaws
The Area Commission Task Force will establish by-laws, rules and selection procedures for the area commission. Once approved these bylaws will be filed with the city clerk as an addendum to this petition.
Area Commission Criteria
The boundaries proposed above meet each of the following criteria as set forth by Columbus City Council to qualify as a commission area:
- Consist of a compact, homogeneous area that is manageable in size, being large enough for recognition and small enough for effective representation;
- The Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission has a land mass of 2438.4 sq. acres (3.81 sq. miles), includes roughly 9100 households, and encompasses a population of 19,754 residents (2017- City of Columbus Planning & Development). Our neighboring cities of Whitehall and Bexley have comparable populations and density, with populations of 18,736 (2016) and 13,669 (2016) respectively.
- Maintain neighborhood identity and cohesiveness;
- The proposed Berwick/Eastmoor commission consists of the neighborhoods historically established and identified as Berwick and Eastmoor.
- Whenever feasible, coincide with a designated city planning area;
- The proposed Berwick/Eastmoor commission overlays the entirety of the Main Street and Broad Street Corridor Revitalization Plan,
- The commission encompasses the existing Urban Infrastructure Renewal Fund (UIRF) boundaries for grant area 12.
- The newly created East Main Street Special Improvement District lies completely within the boundaries of the proposed commission
- Be compatible with boundaries of existing commission areas;
- The Berwick/Eastmoor Commission does not conflict with any established commission area or city boundary.
- Be described by the centerline of natural or artificial boundaries with the fewest changes in course practical, together with an indication of the number of acres and dwelling units contained therein.
- The Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission boundaries follow centerlines of major streets, rail right-of-ways, and rivers where ever not prevented from doing so by city boundaries.