Cincinnati, OH
Comprehensive Plan

As the first city in the United States to adopt a comprehensive plan (in 1925) Cincinnati led the way for cities to strategically plan their growth and development. Seeking to re-establish itself as a model of a thriving urban city, in 2009 Cincinnati embarked on a process to prepare a new plan, the City’s first in 32 years. The Planning NEXT team led the public engagement effort for the process and provided project management guidance throughout the process.

Extensive Public Process.

The public engagement process lasted nearly three years and included opportunities for citizens with various levels of interest to be involved. A steering committee and twelve working groups guided the process. Public workshops including community information sessions, large neighborhood summits, an event to engage youth called ‘Planting the Future’, events to engage young adults called ‘Investing in the Future,’ and a series of open houses engaged citizens in face-to-face dialog, while a website and social media kept interested people informed about the plan and gathered ideas through polls and surveys.

A Clear, Memorable Vision.

The Planning NEXT team helped the city distill the public input into a clear memorable vision statement to serve as the plan’s foundation. The comprehensive plan has been widely embraced and is the touchstone of future engagement and planning.


2014 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan
American Planning Association

client praise

“Jamie Greene’s involvement in Plan Cincinnati helped us take our planning process from predictable to award-winning. He was key in obtaining truly meaningful engagement from our steering committee and the general public alike.”

Katherine Keough-Jurs, AICP
Senior City Planner, City of Cincinnati


Project Type: comprehensive plan
Community Type: large city
Client: City of Cincinnati
Services: public involvement process design and facilitation, visioning