Are you planning to attend the APA Ohio Planning Conference in Cleveland? Come hear Planning Next and our partners talk about some exciting work in our state!

Kindling and Re-kindling: Firing Up Innovation in a Cool Place

Date & Time: Thursday | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Center Street B
Speakers: Tammy Noble, City of Dublin; Jamie Greene, Planning Next

This session will focus on two communities that have launched the state’s most ambitious Innovation Districts: Dayton, Ohio (onMain) and Dublin, Ohio (West Innovation District). Participants will learn how these two places—one urban, one suburban—are using the districts to advance economic development, leverage anchor institutions and create mixed-use, walkable, diverse, interesting places.

Preserving Ohio’s Rural Character: Hard Truths and New Strategies

Date & Time: Friday | 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Center Street B
Speakers: Trevor Hunt, Wayne County Planning Department; Arnie Oliver, Holmes County Planning Department; Brian Ashworth, Planning Next

Over the past 100 years, the rural character of Ohio has changed dramatically. This session draws from Wayne Onward, the comprehensive planning process Wayne County and other recent planning efforts, such as those in Holmes County, to share strategies for preserving the rural character of Ohio in this new era.

Stuck without the “Middle”: How Timid Housing Policies Could Hold Ohio Back

Date & Time: Friday | 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM, Center Street C
Speakers: Dave Efland, City of Delaware; Justin Milam, City of Upper Arlington; Kyle May, Planning Next; Sarah Kelly, Planning Next

Population trends and preferences point to a demand for housing that is affordable, smaller in scale and higher in quality than what has been built in recent decades. This session will present best practices from two Ohio communities—Upper Arlington and Delaware—as well as other places throughout the country to discuss policy and planning tools to build “middle” housing.

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