North Olmsted, OH
2015 Master Plan Update

North Olmsted is a mature, land locked suburban city located on the western edge of Cleveland, Ohio. North Olmsted has historically enjoyed a good reputation for being a well-established and favored suburb with a strong school system and strategic location, however as North Olmsted has matured it has struggled to keep up with the surrounding suburbs as a top place to live, work and play. During this planning process a number of significant events, including preparation for the city’s bicentennial, took place which has created positive momentum and energy for the city. This planning process took advantage of this special moment in time when the city is not only looking back at its rich history, but also looking forward to answer the question, “what’s next for North Olmsted?”


Planning a “fun” process

It was important for this project to not only have an open, transparent and inclusive process, but also a fun one. Three public meetings were conducted which gathered input from the public in a variety of ways, including a fast paced trivia game focused on the community’s existing conditions, an interactive mapping activity and a small group idea generation brainstorm. A citizen steering committee was formed (The Committee for the Future) which met regularly throughout the process to provide input, conduct outreach and publicity and represent the authentic voice of North Olmsted.


A Strategic Master Plan

Intended to be more strategic than past plans, the 2015 Master Plan’s Action Agenda includes five topics that organize 54 actions to advance the community.

The Conceptual Framework Map (part of the Strengthening Quality of Place topic) shows current community assets and catalytic development areas, which are areas of the city where change is recommended.

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Project Type: comprehensive plan
Community Type: mid-size city, suburb
Client: City of North Olmsted
Services: comprehensive planning, public engagement