ENON – Clark County officials are inviting citizens who live and work in the county to provide their input on an updated countywide comprehensive plan that will be used to guide future development.
According to Enon Village Administrator Benjamin Ross, CONNECT Clark County is providing an opportunity for village and township residents, who want to weigh in on the plan, to share their ideas, hopes and aspirations with county leaders during three “Focus on the Future” workshops.
During the two-hour workshops, citizens will learn about the long-range vision for transportation, economic development, land use and other components that will influence the quality of life in the county. Citizens will participate in the planning process by working with others in small groups. Each group will generate planning ideas and engage in map-based activities.
“The comprehensive plan acts as a business plan and guidebook for those decision makers in the county, and these workshops will give citizens an opportunity to have their say early on in the process,” Ross said.
The first “Focus on the Future” workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the United Senior Services Enon/Mad River Township Satellite Center, located at 7571 Dayton-Springfield Road in the township.
The second workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the United Senior Services Center, 125 W. Main St. in Springfield.
The third workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the South Vienna Government Center, located at 149 W. Main St. in South Vienna.
“There will be three rounds of public meetings that will involve face-to-face participation,” Ross said. “The ‘Focus on the Future’ workshops are the first of these meetings.”
The village administrator noted that county leaders are currently reviewing the existing comprehensive plan, which was last revised and adopted in 1999, and will be soliciting public participation as they update the plan to reflect current trends, priorities, and policies that will provide the best possible future for county residents. The new comprehensive plan will also include updates to the transportation section of the previous plan and the county’s thoroughfare plan that will outline future road development.
A citizen steering committee has been established to help guide the public process. Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) staff is working closely with a planning consulting team to facilitate the steering committee’s work, convene public workshops, conduct technical work and draft the plan. Ross said county officials are committed to an open process that includes public input from the community. The planning process is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
“County officials believe that updating the county comprehensive plan will establish a foundation for well-supported policies that will create the best possible future for our citizens,” Ross said.
For more information about the Clark County Comprehensive Plan, contact Cory Lynn Golden with the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee at 937-521-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A portion of the Clark County-Springfield TCC website, www.clarktcc.com, will be dedicated to the comprehensive planning process as well.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.