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State Hosting Best Local Land Use Meetings to Promote Balanced Growth

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the Ohio Water Resources Council have adopted new guidelines for local communities to use for local land use planning. The Balanced Growth Best Local Land Use Practices consists of 15 recommended land use practices, including comprehensive planning, conservation development, compact development and storm water management.

“This suite of resources represents the culmination of a multi-year state effort to update and expand the guidance available to communities who want to protect water resources while maintaining the best local conservation and development standards and quality of life for their citizens,” said Gail Hesse, director of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.

Regional information sessions are planned to build upon these topics in locations around the state in April 2013. Local and regional government planners, economic development professionals, elected and appointed officials, developers and others interested in local land use decisions are invited to learn about cost-effective tools that can be used to meet regulatory requirements and work for a more prosperous future for Ohio communities.

“The recommended practices have real benefit – both environmental and economic – for communities.  We are looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned, and the tools available for communities who would like to consider implementation”, said Kirby Date, AICP, a community planner based at Cleveland State University who coordinates the Best Local Land Use Practices effort.

All meetings will be from 2-4 p.m. There is no charge to attend and attendance certificates will be available for continuing education. Meeting dates and locations are:

  • April 3 - Central Ohio: Fawcett Center, Ohio State University Campus
  • April 4 - Dayton area: Sinclair Conference Center, Dayton
  • April 8 - Northeast Ohio area: Independence Library, Independence
  • April 9 - Youngstown area: Kent State Trumbull campus, Warren
  • April 11 - Toledo area: French Quarter Holiday Inn, Perrysburg
  • April 17 - Southeast Ohio area: Fairfield Agricultural Center, Lancaster
  • April 22 - North Central area: BGSU Firelands Campus, Huron
  • April 24 - Southwest Ohio area: Anderson Center, Anderson Township, Hamilton County

Ohio’s Balanced Growth Program is a voluntary, incentive-driven means for the state to encourage locally led efforts to support sustainable growth and manage land use change.

More information about the program, links to the web resources, and address information for the sessions for the Best Local Land Use Practices may be found at www.balancedgrowth.ohio.gov. The documents, resources and technical assistance available are provided by the Ohio Balanced Growth Program in cooperation with Cleveland State University.

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