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New land use plan guidelines to be reviewed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:45
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 this month. 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.
All meetings will be from 2 to 4 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Meeting dates and locations are:
• April 11: Toledo area: French Quarter Holiday Inn, Perrysburg
• April 22: North Central area: BGSU Firelands Campus, Huron
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.

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