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About the Strategic Planning Committee

On January 21, 2022, the Intel Corporation announced it would be making a $20 billion investment in microchip manufacturing plants in neighboring Jersey Township – a project that would impact the entire Central Ohio region – and which is just a few miles from Harlem Township. Township officials quickly understood that the development risks have never been greater.  In March 2022, the Board of Township Trustees appointed the Strategic Planning Committee to serve as their advisory body and hired a consulting firm, Crossroads Community Planning, LLC, to help identify specific strategies to implement the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, while acknowledging the fact that the Township is on the cusp of development.

In August 2022, the Strategic Planning Committee held a large Community Meeting to inform residents of the information gathered to date on the extent of these development pressures, particularly when paired with the extension of sanitary sewer service to the southern portion of Harlem Township from Columbus (in partnership with Delaware County and outside of Harlem Township's authority).  The upcoming availability of sanitary sewer service significantly impacts the types of growth pressures and development Harlem Township will see.

For the next several months, the Strategic Planning Committee held regular public meetings and drafted the 2023 Harlem Township Quick Strategy Guide to supplement the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.  The Quick Strategy Guide provides additional recommendations in the areas of land use, communications, and administrative capacity to outline steps that the Township should take to be prepared for these development pressures.

The Strategic Planning Committee held a further series of Community Meetings in January/February 2023 to present to Township residents the recommendations in the proposed Quick Strategy Guide.

The narrated presentation from these Community Meetings can be viewed here:
Harlem Township January 2023 Community Meetings Presentation

The Quick Strategy Guide was reviewed and recommended for approval to the Trustees by the Zoning Commission in February 2023, and adopted by the Trustees on March 22, 2023.

A PDF copy of the adopted plan can be accessed here:
2023 Harlem Township Quick Strategy Guide

The meetings were open to the public and were also available to attend via Zoom.

Meetings were focused on the development of new and/or updated Zoning Regulations and other economic development tools as outlined in the Quick Strategy Guide.  The Strategic Planning Committee is an advisory body only and has no legislative authority.  Adoption of any Zoning Regulation changes or other economic development tools will follow appropriate procedures for adoption by the Board of Township Trustees, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.

On February 28th, 2024, the Strategic Planning Committee recommended that the Township Trustees move forward with an intent to merge with the City of Westerville, which would kick of a negotiation process between the two governments.  Ohio law provides multiple ways for local governments to merge, even if their borders do not touch, as long as their councils and voters approve.  This recommendation was not adopted by the Township Trustees.

Committee Members

The former Committee was comprised of the following members, along with representatives from Crossroads Community Planning, LLC:

  • Carl Richison, as representative of the Harlem Township Board of Trustees
  • Mike Cannon, Harlem Township Director of Zoning and Development
  • Tom Nied, as representative of the Harlem Township Zoning Commission
  • Jim Steelesmith, as representative of the Harlem Township Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Steve Eisenbrown, as at large representative of Harlem Township residents
  • Bruce McClary, as at large representative of Harlem Township residents
  • Molly Snodgrass, as at large representative of Harlem Township residents
  • Crossroads Community Planning, LLC


The Strategic Planning Committee had three subcommittees, as described below.

Infrastructure & Utilities
:  Sub-committee chair was Bruce McClary.  This subcommittee focuses on the current state and future needs of many categories of infrastructure within the township.  This includes but is not limited to: stormwater runoff/drainage, roads, sewers, electrical, water, natural gas, internet.

Developer Relations:  Sub-committee chair was Jim Steelesmith.  This sub-committee focuses on maintaining open dialogue with developers and/or property owners who currently own land in the township that they may wish to develop.  This sub-committee does NOT seek out developers to bring into Harlem Township, but rather seeks to stay informed of and in communication with existing developers in the township or seeking to be in the township.

Communications:  Sub-committee chair was Molly Snodgrass.  This subcommittee seeks to improve communication between the township and its residents, focusing on education and outreach, and updates the Strategic Planning Committee page on the township website.


Meeting Minutes


2024-04-16 Disbanded. Video Presentation on Annexations and Development Tools.
SPC votes to Disband
2024-04-02 Meeting cancelled - inclement weather.
2024-03-14 Pending Video Special Meeting: Merger
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