What a journey it has been! We are proud to report that several communities with which we have worked have formally adopted their plans. In addition to OneDecatur, the comprehensive plan for Decatur, Alabama (read more here), we congratulate the following communities for this important accomplishment.
In January, Grove City Council unanimously adopted a new community plan, called GroveCity2050. This plan marked the end of a process begun in the summer of 2016 to update the City’s 1999 land use plan and other policies. The new plan is the City’s first to integrate land use, transportation, and economic development. With the adoption of the Community Plan, Grove City has a well-supported vision to guide growth. Now the focus shifts to implementation. The City is planning to begin an update to its zoning code and land development regulations later this year. The Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) recognized GroveCity2050 with the award for Best Comprehensive Plan for a Small Jurisdiction.
Think! Downtown Lebanon Plan
The Think! Downtown Lebanon Plan was adopted in November 2017. Having completed many of the items on the previous 2001 Downtown Plan, City officials were looking to build on the momentum. The Think! Downtown Lebanon Plan is a continuation and update of those earlier efforts. The planning process was nine months long and included rigorous technical analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the area to determine assets and opportunities within the Downtown. The final document and its implementation matrix will provide City officials a consistent touchstone for guiding future development.
Millcreek Township Comprehensive Plan Update
In November 2017, the Millcreek Township Comprehensive Plan Update was adopted. This process began in 2017 to update the existing Comprehensive Plan created in 2005. Millcreek Township sits within a dynamic region. Growth and development have intensified in its surrounding jurisdictions. The Updated Plan will help ensure the community is ready to deal with these new pressures. The 2017 Update re-establishes the community’s vision and will help to support community decisions for years to come. The Township intends to remain a predominately rural community, which maintains its agricultural heritage and independence.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of these communities and our consultant partners, Randall Gross / Development Economics, EMH&T and Landplan Studios.