Task force to make sure plan for Clark County’s future gets implemented


A task force will be created to oversee a recently updated road map for the future of Clark County transportation, housing and development.

Connect Clark County — a local group that worked to update the county’s Crossroads Comprehensive Plan — has held public meetings over the past year to allow residents to provide more input into the county’s future growth and development.

EARLIER COVERAGE: Clark county residents want better jobs, more youth activities

The new plan is the first update to the comprehensive plan in 19 years. It’s a long-term strategic vision used by the city and county to guide future transportation, housing and economic development projects.

More than 2,500 comments were provided as part of the plan’s update over the past year, said Cory Lynn Golden, a transportation planner with the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee.

Two members of both the Clark County Planning Commission and the Springfield City Planning Board will serve on the task force, Golden said. An at-large member will also be appointed by those four members.

“We obviously need a driver to make sure that this document gets implemented,” Golden said.

RELATED: Clark County, Springfield continue comprehensive plan update process

The recommendations must be defined clearly as to how they’re going to be measured in the future, City Commissioner David Estrop said at last month’s TCC meeting.

“This was a very lengthy, detailed set of action items,” TCC Director Scott Schmid said. “I think there’s a lot of challenges with some of them to work out how we’re going to accomplish them or how they should be worded within there to make them attainable.”

A final version of the 99-page plan is expected to head to the Springfield City Commission and Clark County Commission in the next two months. The finalized plan isn’t a legally binding document, but will be used as a tool by different local boards, including the Springfield City Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeals.

Four goals and objectives have been drafted as part of the plan — strengthening physical character, advancing economic prosperity, enhancing quality of life and improving infrastructure.

RELATED: Clark County plan includes entertainment district, youth program

Several projects have been recommended as part of the plan, including a downtown entertainment district, a program aimed at keeping young people in Clark County and school pride initiatives.

Other recommendations included creating countywide blight abatement guidelines, initiating a labor force recruitment program, developing a countywide program to grow unique food-related entrepreneurial ventures and developing access management guidelines for use by local agencies to alleviate traffic congestion.

The city of Springfield and the Chamber of Greater Springfield also are pursuing a housing study as part of the plan, Golden said.

A draft map of areas designated for potential development has been created as part of the plan. The map includes eight key areas, including several already developed such as the Upper Valley Mall, the Clark County Fairgrounds and the shopping corridors of Bechtle Avenue, South Limestone Street and the eastern edge of Springfield along U.S. 40.

MORE: New plan seeks to make Clark County a good place to live, work

The map also includes areas of opportunities designated for nine broad concepts, such as agricultural preservation, community investment, neighborhood stabilization and economic growth.

Columbus-based consulting firm Planning NEXT was hired last year to perform the $214,000 project. The city of Springfield, Clark County and the TCC are sharing the cost to update the plan. The TCC will pay $141,000, while the county will pay about $43,000 and the city will pay about $30,000.

To view the full proposal, log on to ConnectClarkCounty.org.

5 QUICK NEWS-SUN READS

Springfield pastor wants to take fight over payday loans to ballot

Clark, Champaign counties hit by outbreak linked to parasite, calves

Nonprofit to buy historic Springfield site, market to open in summer

Bethel Twp. residents worried about possible contamination from tanks

Clark County won’t spend $3M for downtown Springfield parking garage



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Politics

Highlights from first Ohio Governor’s Debate in Dayton
Highlights from first Ohio Governor’s Debate in Dayton

Ohio’s major-party governor candidates were harshly critical of each other in a spirited first debate Wednesday, jabbing each other over contrasting policy positions on opioids, abortion and e-schools and poking the other’s record in public office as a failure. The debate was hosted by the University of Dayton. Cox Media Group Ohio was...
How people are reacting to the first governor debate on Twitter
How people are reacting to the first governor debate on Twitter

The governor debate in Dayton Wednesday night was a hot topic on Twitter. At one point, #OHgovdebate was trending nationally. Here’s a look at what some had to say about the testy debate between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray:
Green Party candidate spends debate on Dayton sidewalk
Green Party candidate spends debate on Dayton sidewalk

As Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine prepared to debate face-to-face Wednesday, people protesting the policies of both candidates for Ohio governor also showed up divided on the issues, including who’s even allowed to debate.. Constance Gadell-Newton, the Green Party candidate for governor, was only to be seen or heard from...
Ohio Governor’s Race: Who is Mike DeWine?
Ohio Governor’s Race: Who is Mike DeWine?

If you don’t know who Mike DeWine is, perhaps you’re new to Ohio. For more than four decades, the Republican has been a fixture of Ohio politics: local prosecutor, state lawmaker, lieutenant governor, member of Congress and state attorney general. Now the 71-year-old Cedarville resident wants to cap off his career with Ohio governor, which...
Ohio governor race: Who is Richard Cordray?
Ohio governor race: Who is Richard Cordray?

For all but four of the past 28 years, Republicans have held a firm grip on the Ohio governor’s office. Democrat Richard Cordray wants to break that streak. Less than a year ago, Cordray jumped into the race for Ohio governor, elbowed out other contenders and grabbed 62.2 percent of the vote in a six-way primary. He is running for governor against...
More Stories