Robust Public Engagement and Stakeholder Involvement Strategy
This work relied on a robust public engagement and stakeholder involvement strategy to ensure that diverse interests shaped the plan. Over 700 people participated in this process, and the Project Team collected approximately 2,200 public comments. These engagement efforts helped produce a plan which is both aspirational and realistic.
Despite the growth and change in Central Ohio, comprehensive planning at the county level is minimal, and many counties in Central Ohio do not have an up-to-date plan. CONNECT Clark County represents the promise and potential of countywide comprehensive planning—from coordinating land use decisions, to supporting shared economic development objectives, to prioritizing infrastructure investments—and offers strategies for how to approach planning across jurisdictions.
Excitement for Implementation
The planning process was completed in February 2018. Key entities in the County who will be responsible for implementing the recommendations in the Plan are already starting to work together, and the CONNECT Clark County planning process has generated renewed community optimism and excitement for “what’s next” in Clark County.