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Historical Background

The City of Powell was first settled around 1801 and was named Middlebury because the first settlers came from the Middlebury, Connecticut area. In 1857, Judge Thomas Powell was influential in establishing the first Powell Post Office, and the townspeople decided to rename the Village after him. Powell was incorporated as a municipality in February 1947. The population remained stable at approximately 400 until the early 1980?s when residential development in the northern parts of the Greater Columbus metropolitan area reached Powell.

Population growth within the City has been explosive over the past decade. Based on a current resident list, the City population is approximately 10,000. Population figures for the past several decades are as follows:

Year Population
1960 390
1980 378
1990 2,154
2000 6,000
2006 10,000

Powell?s population is family oriented and consists primarily of professional workers. Residents enjoy living in planned neighborhoods that are interconnected and have access to public facilities such as parks and bikepaths.

Community Characteristics

The City of Powell, encompassing approximately 4.8 square miles, is located on rolling highlands between the Scioto and Olentangy River valleys, approximately fourteen miles north of downtown Columbus, the capital of Ohio.

The City is located near the intersection of scenic State Route 315 and State Route 750, with State Route 750 bisecting the City. Commercial passenger air service is available at Port Columbus International Airport, approximately 30 minutes away. The City?s strategic location in southern Delaware county has promoted its development as a semi-rural, suburban, greenbelt town. Residential developments, combined with open space preservation and minimized commercial and industrial development, has made Powell one of the premier residential communities within Central Ohio.

The City Council adopted in December, 1995, a Comprehensive Plan Update aiming to preserve and enhance the character of the City through the implementation of six primary goals: establishment of an identity as a rural greenbelt town; redevelopment of the town center; establishment of an access management program; achievement of a balanced land use mix; creation of a small town economic development program; and provision of limited City services.

A number of recreational areas are also located within commuting distance of the City, including the 8,600 Alum Creek State Park, the 1,050-acre Highbanks Metro Park, and the Columbus Zoo/Wyandot Lake complex consisting of a 20-acre amusement and water park and 100 acres of gardens and naturalistic habitats for over 6,000 animals.

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