2030 Implementation Plan Outlines Many Possibilities

Document Sample
2030 Implementation Plan Outlines Many Possibilities Powered By Docstoc

DECEMBER 2004                  News for Planning Commissions and other Organizations Engaged in Community Planning in Hamilton County

Planning Partnership Members
                   Anderson Township
                         Blue Ash
                  Columbia Township
                        Deer Park
                     Delhi Township
                         Evendale                     On November 19th and 20th residents of Hamilton County gathered together at Drake Center to celebrate
                          Fairfax                     completion of the research and planning phase of Community COMPASS. Many in attendance had been
                                                      a part of the two year process which began with a countywide ‘town meeting’ at Music Hall that brought
                       Forest Park
                                                      together almost 1300 people to help establish the foundations for the 2003 Vision for Hamilton County.
                         Glendale                     Participants at the November meeting pictured above. Steve Galster, Planning Partnership Chair, during the
                    Green Township                    November Presentation (pictured right).

                                                     2030 Implementation Plan
                   Harrison Township
                       Indian Hill

                                                     Outlines Many Possibilities
                    Miami Township
                      Montgomery                         Community COMPASS, the County’s first comprehensive master plan in almost 40 years, is a
                      North Bend                     long range plan that seeks to address mutual goals related to physical, economic, and social issues.
                                                     Concern over continued population loss that erodes the County’s tax base and its ability to provide
                       Springdale                    quality services spurred County Commissioners and local jurisdictions to support the preparation
                  Springfield Township                of the plan. The result is an extensive document that is comprised of three separate components:
                   Symmes Township                   The Vision for Hamilton County’s Future, the State of the County Report, and the 2030 Plan
                        Wyoming                      and Implementation Framework. At the November 19th and 20th sessions, Ron Miller, HCRPC
               Citizens’ for Civic Renewal           Executive Director, and staff presented a summary of all three components as well as an update on
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency   the progress made in four implementation campaigns spawned by the COMPASS process.
                Cincinnatus Association
             Community Building Institute                Much of the presentation covered the findings in the twelve State of the County reports, which
      Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce         are series of research papers prepared by HCRPC staff with assistance of local experts. Reports cover
   Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati   population, economy and labor market, housing, land use and development, mobility, education,
              Junior League of Cincinnati            governance, civic engagement, community services, culture and recreation, environment, and health
                League of Women Voters
                                                     and human services.
     The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County
             Mill Creek Watershed Council                The reports identify current trends and benchmark key indicators that could be used in the
           Ohio Valley Development Council           future to track changes in these critical areas. Miller explained that by dissecting the ‘reality’ of the
        The United Way & Community Chest             county in these twelve areas, a number of key players have identified and initiated strategies that
              Western Economic Council
                                                     will help to reinforce or reverse, depending on the need, the observed trend. The 2030 Plan and
                 Wet Weather Initiative
     The mission of the Planning Partnership is
                                                     Implementation Framework which outlines actions recommended to achieve the collective vision for
     to bring together public, private and civic
                                                     Hamilton County was also presented. Copies of the reports are available from HCRPC.
    sector organizations engaged in community            Miller stated that next month the County Commissioners, HCRPC, and the Planning
   planning in Hamilton County so that mutual        Partnership will be briefed on the entire COMPASS report. Public forums on many of the twelve
   goals related to physical, economic and social    State of County reports are also being planned.
     issues can be planned for comprehensively
                                                     More on COMPASS , on page 5
             and achieved collaboratively.
          The Planning Partnership                                                                                             What’s Inside
  Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission        House Bill 148....................................................................2   A Brownfield's Story: From "What If" to "Why Not"..............4
         138 East Court Street, Suite 807             Green Township: Harrison Avenue Corridor Plan..................2                      Community COMPASS Highlights.............................5
              Cincinnati, OH 45202
                 Tel. 513 946 4455                    City of Loveland's Downtown Vision.....................................2              Hamilton County 2030 Plan..........................................6
                 Fax. 513 946 4475                    News Update.......................................................................3   Addressing Environmental and Social Justice......................7
      website: www.planningpartnership.org            First Suburbs Consortium: Building Momentum...................4                       Upcoming Events......................................................8
     email: catalina.landivar@hamilton-co.org                                                                                                                                                                        1
Guest Column:                                                                              Green Township
House Bill 148                                            Harrison Avenue Corridor Plan Promotes Mixed Uses
A Law With Some Loose Threads                                                                By Adam Goetzman
By Stephen Dana                                         The growth of Green Township and               Create a physical environment that provides

          hy is this bill significant?               surrounding communities has caused swift           diversity in the scale, intensity and design of
          HB 148(Rep. Grendell,                     changes to the landscape of Harrison Avenue,       buildings and site design on Harrison Avenue.
          sponsor) changes the                      where many services and consumer goods             Introduce unifying elements such as street
purposes for which a county                         businesses are relocating. A recently completed furniture or coordinate signage to unify the
or township may adopt zoning                        corridor plan for Harrison Avenue in Green         Corridor while setting it apart from other
regulations to be “in the interest of               Township identifies opportunities and                                   commercial corridors,
the public health, safety, convenience, comfort     strategies that will create a                                          making Harrison Avenue the
prosperity or general welfare.” The bill became     unique environment for its                                             “front door” for all of Green
law on November 5, 2004.                            redevelopment as a successful                                          Township.
                                                    mixed-use corridor with                           .74

    HB 148 responds to one of the legislative
                                                                                                      -                    Respect Harrison Avenue’s
                                                    balanced commercial, office,
priorities of the County Commissioners of                                                                                  existing natural character. The
                                                    residential and institutional
                                                                                                                           plan recognizes that Harrison
Ohio(CCAO): “County Commissioners have              uses.
                                                                                                                           Avenue’s hillsides and wooded
limited authority to effectively regulate even          The plan divides the
                                                                                                                           areas are highly prized by
the simplest land use problems….CCAO                corridor into five concept-                                    N
                                                                                                                           Green Township’s residents
proposes that boards of county commissioners        planning areas. The
                                                                                                                           and their natural features add
be given...the authority to enact zoning for the    Plan includes specific
                                                                                                                           to the attractiveness of the
purpose of promoting the general welfare and        recommendations for each                  Green Township
to encourage the preservation of agricultural       area as well as comprehensive
and agribusiness.”                                  strategies for guiding public improvements for Create a commercial corridor that functions well.
                                                    the entire corridor.                               The site designs and public improvements
   HB 148 does grant counties the authority                                                            identified ensure that traffic moves smoothly
                                                    The core elements of the plan are designed to:
to more effectively address land use issues. But                                                       and safely, and lessen the hidden factors
note these qualifications:                           Foster economic development that is multi-         that compound traffic congestion such as
                                                    dimensional. Mixed uses are encouraged,            misaligned intersections or driveways.
(1) “for activities regulated under the Oil         creating opportunities for businesses to build
and Gas Law, the Coal Mining Law or the                                                                Ensure that Harrison Avenue presents a high
                                                    on each other.
Aggregate Mining Law and related activities”                                                           quality appearance for decades into its future.
HB 148 limits the purposes for which a county                                            City of Loveland
or township may adopt zoning regulations to
be “in the interest of public health or safety.”                  Citzens Shape Loveland's Downtown Vision
So, with respect to oil, gas, coal mining, or                                                 By Tom Carroll
aggregate mining, the powers of counties and         Loveland, located in the northeast corner         leaving a five-acre parcel ready for redevelop-
townships are restricted. Why? Supposing a       of Hamilton County and better known for the ment. Fourth, the federal government revised
landfill emits gas? Will the zoning restrictions  bike trail that gives the community a unique          the flood plain maps for Loveland and now
be significant?                                   identity in the region, has experienced changes almost all of its downtown is in the flood plain.
                                                 over the last decade that motivated city leaders More properties therefore have to comply with
(2) A question also arises with respect to the
                                                 and residents to take a closer look at existing       flood code, which makes it more difficult to
regulation of landscape standards. Does Section
                                                 plans.                                                                      develop/redevelop and more
303.02 now prohibit regulation of landscape
                                                     In 1995, the City of                                                    expensive too.
standards in nonresidential districts, since it
                                                 Loveland prepared a plan                                                        In October, Love-
only enables such regulation in residential
                                                 for its downtown that                                                       land hired McGill Smith
districts? This must be so, because a technical
                                                 guided considerable public                                                  Punshon to lead a group of
amendment removing this restriction is being
                                                 and private investment                                                      45 community stakehold-
incorporated in Senate bill 18.
                                                 such as the historic district                                               ers made up of residents,
    HB 148 has some loose threads. There         streetscape improvements                                                    property owners, and busi-
are piecemeal efforts to repair the garment.     and municipal parking lot                                                   ness owners in a two-stage
Nonetheless, House Bill 148 is significant,       expansions as well as new                   City of Loveland                process of updating and
because it does extend to townships and          restaurants, new retail and                                                 redeveloping the vision of
counties in Ohio greater authority in matters    more personal service businesses.                     Historic Downtown Loveland. According to
of land use.                                         Over the last nine years, many changes            Mayor Brad Greenberg, this public participa-
    I am indebted to the Executive Director      have occurred which caused the City to want           tion is a critical step: “The downtown is a
of the Regional Planning Commission of           to update this plan. First, the City adopted a        real community treasure, and we think it is
Hamilton County, to a report from OSU’s          new master plan in 2002. Second, the Love-            important to build on the small town charm,
Department of Agricultural and Rural Law,        land area has experienced rapid residential           the bike trail and the Little Miami River. We
and to the office of Representative Grendell for  growth recently, changing not only the traffic         need resident input to help us bring that vision
the analysis of this bill.                       flows in the community but placing different           into sharper focus.” A copy of the report from
  Steve Dana, sdana@woh.rr.com, is a Land Use    demands on the marketplace. Third, Nisbet             these planning sessions is available on the City’s
  Specialist with the League of Women Voters of  Lumber moved out of downtown in 2004                  website at www.lovelandoh.com.
2 Ohio.                                          after more than 100 years in the community,
Continued from page 2                                                                   news update
Green Township...
The plan requires that new                 Housing Forum: Spring 2005             PACE: Legal Aspects of Code                 assets; assist in bringing people
commercial development meet                                                         Administration Seminar                    and businesses back to first suburb
                                       A Committee of the Planning
its site design requirements, such                                             The Legal Aspects of Code                      communities; and promote
                                    Partnership is preparing an
as high quality building materials                                          Administration. Seminar, offered                  enhancement of community
                                    information/public awareness
and construction, extensive                                                 on November 30th at the Drake                     character and local pride in first
                                    event for Hamilton County
site landscaping, and other                                                 Conference Center, concludes                      suburb communities. Fourteen
                                    jurisdictions on the topic of
improvements that go beyond the                                             the 2004 Property Maintenance                     UC students presented their
                                    housing. The Housing Forum will
basics.                                                                     series of training sponsored by                   work to “first suburb” mayors
                                    consist of 3 luncheon-discussions
                                                                            the Planning Partnership. The                     and managers at the November
    The Harrison Avenue Corridor and a final round table to be held
Plan was prepared over the past                                             trainings, aimed to provide tools                 meeting of the First Suburbs
                                    at the Drake Conference Center in
nine months by Edwards and                                                  and information to all parties                    Consortium.
                                    the Spring. The topics of the three
Kelcey and a task force of 12                                               involved in property maintenance,                    Additional “first suburbs”
                                    luncheons are: Understanding
township residents. The Plan is                                             have had a combined attendance                    research and analysis, which will
                                    Your Housing Market, Housing
currently under consideration for                                           of over 200 people including                      build on this comprehensive data
                                    Development: Challenges and
adoption by township trustees.                                              elected officials, administrators                  base, is being scheduled for future
                                    Opportunities, and Home
If adopted, the plan’s design                                               and code enforcement officers.                     planning studios.
                                    Ownership: How To Build Equity
guidelines will be implemented      in Your Community.                         The most recent seminar with                    Planning Partnership Annual Report
immediately; a study of traffic                                              fifty-five participants from 34
                                       The Housing series will include                                                           The 2004 Planning Partnership
patterns will be initiated within a                                         different jurisdictions in Ohio,
                                    presentations on policy, resources,                                                       Annual Report will be distributed
year, a streetscape plan by 2006-                                           Kentucky and Indiana had Linda
                                    implementation strategies and best                                                        at the end of December. You
7, and conceptual recommended
                                                                            Piecynski as presenter. Piecynski
land uses will be considered when practices.                                                                                  can also download an electronic
                                       The first luncheon will be            is an attorney and author of a text               version from www.planningpartn
conducting the 5-year update of
                                    offered in March. Check the             that is the primary reference for                 ership.org
the township’s comprehensive land
use plan in 2005.                   Planning Partnership website for        the International Code Council
                                                                                                                                         Save the Date:
Adam Goetzman is the Development up-to-date information www.plan            (ICC) testing.
                                                                                                                               Planning Partnership Annual Meeting
Director of Green Township. He can ningpartnership.org.                     PACE, the Professional
                                                                            Association of Code Enforcement                     The 2005 Planning Partnership
be reached at adam@greentwp.org.        Economic Development Training
                                                                            organized the event.                              Annual Meeting will be held on
                                        In 2005, the Planning                                                                 April 11th, 2005. Location to be
                                      Partnership in collaboration                                                            determined.
       *       *        *   *
                                      with The Community Building
                                      Institute at Xavier University will                                                       Attention Members
     The planning process rein-
                                      present a series of four workshops                                                       Our Library is Your Library
                                      designed to provide fundamentals                                                        HCRPC library recent arrivals:
forced and updated the vision
                                      and tools for revitalizing
provided in the 1995 plan for the                                                                                             • PinPointer 2.0 industry locator:
                                      neighborhood and community
Historic District. A strong major-                                                                                              manufacturing companies with
                                      business districts. The programs
ity of the participants want to see                                         Linda Piecynski, presenter, and Richard Osgood,     15 or more employees for the
                                      will be based on the principles of    Director of PACE
a proactive role for the City in                                                                                                counties of OH – Cincinnati-
                                      Market-Driven development.
shaping the future of the Historic                                                    UC School of Planning                     Buttler/Warren.
District. In order to implement             Stormwater Management
                                                                                      Studies First Suburbs
                                                and Zoning Code                                                               • Protecting Water Resources with
this pro-active role,the City of
                                         The Storm Water Zoning              Planning Partnership and                           Smart Growth. EPA
Loveland is marshalling resources
                                      Code project team is promoting      RPC staff collaboration with                        • Ohio Local Government:
from tax increment financing,
                                      inclusion of language in local      the UC School of Planning                             Structure and Finance. Bulletin
EPA Grants, SCIP-(State Capital
                                      zoning codes which will foster      continues to expand. The first                         835. the Ohio State University.
Improvement Project) Grants,
CBDG (Community Develop-              more responsible development and research project, development of                       • Good Neighborhoods. A Study
                                      redevelopment by ensuring that      a comprehensive data base and
ment Grant) money, and others, to                                                                                               of In-Town and Suburban
                                      stormwater management plans         comparative community profiles,
enhance Downtown Loveland in a                                                                                                  Residential Environments.
                                      effectively reduce the quantity of  is almost complete.
way that coincides with the com-                                                                                                By Sidney Brower. Praeger
                                      run-off leaving a site. The group      This innovative web-based
munity’s vision. By seeing what is                                                                                              Paperback. Westport, Conn.
                                      is developing model zoning code     data set includes tables, charts,
important to the community and                                                                                                  2000.
what actions they feel should be      language appropriate to Hamilton and maps that document the
                                                                          strengths and challenges of current                 • Strategies to Revitalize
taken, Loveland officials are better   County and a methodology for
                                                                          jurisdiction members of the First                     Rural Communities http:
able to implement ideas that help     communities to evaluate existing
                                                                          Suburbs Consortium.                                   //www.cfra.org/resources/
Loveland achieve the vision that      codes to identify opportunities
                                                                             The project is designed to:                        strategies_revitalize.htm
its residents, property owners, and   for improvement. Community
                                      presentations will occur next year. promote better understanding                        • Rethinking Local Affordable
business owners established.
                                      For more information or to find      of challenges and opportunities                       Housing Strategies: Lessons from
Tom Carroll is Loveland’s Assistant
                                      out how to join the project team,   for “first suburb” communities;                        70 Years of Policy and Practice
City Manager. He can be reached at
                                      contact Nancy Ellwood at            increase awareness of, and capacity                   http://www.brookings.edu/es/
                                      nellwood@millcreekwatershed.org. to build on, positive community                          urban/affordablehousing.htm 3
First Suburbs Consortium
Building Momentum
P        lanning Partnership members are
         interested in the revitalization of
business and neighborhoods in Hamilton
                                                 suggested additions to the GO legislative
                                                 agenda that were incorporated and are lobbied
                                                 statewide. FSC-SW is building stronger ties
                                                                                                                   produced a detailed data analysis and typology
                                                                                                                   of 14 first suburbs in Hamilton County. Over
                                                                                                                   the next several months, subsequent studios
County. During 2003 the Planning Partnership     with First Suburbs organizations in Cleveland                     will address social and physical capital issues,
embraced the Community Revitalization            and Columbus.                                                     economics, and historic trends in our older
Initiative, effort spearheaded by a group of         FSC-SW has seen the benefits of banding                        suburban communities.
hard working volunteers, that resulted in the    together to support renewed interest of                               In 2005 the FSC-SW will take the first
development of a Strategic Plan and a Resource   institutions of higher education in the future                    steps in prioritizing the recommendations
Book.                                            of the first suburbs. UC School of Planning                        of the Community Revitalization Initiative
    In order to move forward with the            is concentrating on first suburb communities                       Strategic Plan.
implementation of the strategies suggested       for a series of studio projects. The first studio
in the Plan, the Planning Partnership has
provided support to the creation of the First
Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio (FSC-
SW). The FSC-SW began meeting in March
2004 and has grown into an organization with
18 member jurisdictions and is taking the
appropiate measures to incorporate as a not-
for-profit organization.
   FSC-SW in 2004 collaborated with the
Greater Ohio Campaign (GO), a statewide
organization lobbying for changes to state
planning laws and promoting Smart Growth         First Suburbs Consortium of Sowthwest Ohio elected its officers at the October 28 meeting held at the Drake Conference Center.
principles. FSC-SW provided feedback and         In the picture, from left to right Mike Hinnekamp, Treasurer, Springfield Township Administrator, Tom Moeller, Vice Chair, Manager
                                                 for the City of Madeira, Gary Blomburg, Chair, Mayor of the City of Montgomery, Chuck Kamine, Executive Committee Member,
                                                 Mayor of Amberley Village. Dave Savage, Executive Committee member and Mayor of the City of Wyoming not in the picture.

City of Sharonville
A Brownfield Story: From “What If” to “Why Not”
By Ted Mack

W          hat if, in your
           community, you had a
9-acre tract of land that housed
                                                 vacant and create a negative impact in the
                                                 corridor with little or nothing that could be
                                                                                                                   clear of all liens.
                                                                                                                       With the leadership of the Sharonville City
                                                                                                                   Administration and elected officials, the Port
heavy industrial uses over the past                 Then in 2000 the City of Cincinnati and                        Authority’s hard work and cooperation from
47 years?                                        Hamilton County jointly established the Port                      the Princeton School District , the project
What if the last business to                     of Greater Cincinnati Authority. One of the                       was awarded $1.5 million in Clean Ohio
own the property goes bankrupt and leaves        main focuses for the Port was to facilitate                       Revitalization Funds in July 2002.
hazardous waste in the plant and the walls and   redevelopment of commercial/industrial                                 Since that time the property has completed
the floors being left contaminated as well?       properties, located in Hamilton County, that                      all required cleanup and the existing facility
What if the USEPA comes in to conduct an         were vacant, abandoned, idle or underutilized.                    has been demolished. By the time this
emergency removal of the hazardous waste at a        The Port decided to take this monumental                      article is published, the Sharonville Planning
cost of $3 million?                              task knowing that they have partners in the                       Commission will have reviewed a project that
What if the last owner left liens in excess of   City of Sharonville and the Princeton City                        is moving forward to locate on this site. This
$3.7 million on the property and delinquent      Schools. The first order of business was to take                   project will consist of a 14,500 square foot
taxes of almost $300,000?                        ownership of this property.                                       office building that will sit on 2.25 acres of the
                                                     Port Authority moved to purchase the                          9+acre site and will house 60 professionals.
What if it was your task to find an interested
party to redevelop this property encumbered      property after they had to enter into an                             For those of you that face the “What Ifs” in
with $7 million in liens, a dilapidated          Agreement and Covenant not to Sue with the                        your community , please take heart in knowing
1950’s vintage (with an industrial strength      USEPA and persuaded all of the lien holders                       that with the ingredients described above---
architectural flare) building and not knowing     to transfer the liens to the Port. This would                     most especially, a disposition to collaborate-
if there are any more contamination issues at    be leveraged when the property went up for                        --one can expect a “Why Not” attitude to
the site?                                        auction at the Sheriff ’s sale. The Sharonville                   prevail.
                                                 City Council agreed to provide the funding for                    Ted Mack is the Economic Development Direc-
     For nearly five long years the City of       the back taxes owed, and on October 19, 2000
    Sharonville watched Green Industry sit                                                                         tor of the City of Sharonville. Mr. Mack can be
                                                 the Port Authority took ownership free and
                    Community COMPASS
                       Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission

                                       NITY FORUMS
                                  “The Community Forums are an
                                  open invitation for individual
                                  residents to have an impact in
                                  the future of Hamilton County”-
                                  Commissioner Neyer, August 20,
                                  2001. Forums were held October
                                  9-18, 2001 in Sharonville,
                                  Colerain, Harrison, Cincinnati,
                                  Montgomery, Mariemont,
                                  Bridgetown and College Hill.           YWIDE TOWN MEETING
YOUTH FORUM                                                         The meeting at Music Hall on January 12, 2002, congregated over
Over 160 high school students                                       1,300 people who wanted to voice their opinions on what the future
from 31 Hamilton County public                                      of Hamilton County should look like.
and private high schools
participated in the October
9, 2001 Forum at Paul Brown

                                                                                                       BCC HEARING ON COMMUNITY COMPASS
                                                                                                       The Board of County
                                                                                                       Commissioners held public
                                                                                                       hearings prior to endorsing the
                                                                                                       Community COMPASS Vision for the
                                                                                                       Future of Hamilton County and
                                  STEERING TEAM                                                        Strategies. Pictured above are
                                  Participants from the public, private and civic sectors comprised    Commissioners Todd Portune, John
                                  the Steering Team. The Team assisted with outreach efforts, and      Dowlin and Phil Heimlich at the
                                  used the input from the Community Forums to develop the countywide   hearing on November 19, 2003 at
                                  vision and goals. Group picture taken at the Mill Race Lodge on      the Drake Conference Center.
County Commissioner John Dowlin   July 19, 2001.
reiterated the need for a Plan
to provide a clear, long term
direction for the county, at
the press conference held on
July 3, 2003 where the CATs
Tale Report was released.

                                  PLANNING PARTNERSHIP
                                  The Planning Partnership, a long range planning committee of the Hamilton County Regional Planning
                                  Commission (HCRPC), reviewed the Steering Team Recommendations. A consensus process was developed
                                  to ensure that all strategies recommended were satisfactory to individual jurisdictions and that
                                  all parties involved could support those strategies that relate to the entire county. Planning
                                  Partnership recommendations were submitted for consideration by the HCRPC on January 2003. Pictured
                                  above, the Planning Partnership in session on September 25, 2002. A color coded card system was
                                  developed to provide immediate feedback on the items discussed.

Were created to develop long                                        The November 19 and 20, 2004 presentations of the State of the
term strategies and actions,                                        County Reports and the 2030 Plan Implementation Framework marked
based on input from residents                                       the conclusion of the planning phase of the Community COMPASS.
at Community Forums and at the                                      Commissioner Todd Portune emphasized that this type of planning
Countywide Town Meeting.                                            and cooperation is long overdue, and that the development of a
                                                                    coordinated plan that represents and respects the interests of
                                                                    all 49 jurisdictions in the county offers us great promise and
Hamilton County 2030 Plan and Implementation Framework
                     Land Use Concept Plan
                                             The Land Use Concept Plan illustrates planned land
                                             uses and future development patterns in Hamilton
                                             County. It presents the collective vision of our 49 local
                                             governments as well as the vision portrayed in other
                                             plans for corridors and subregions within the county.
                                             The concept plan enables local jurisdictions a greater
                                             awareness of development patterns proposed by
                                             neighboring communities. Such awareness should be
                                             helpful in making compatible land use decisions for
                                             adjacent parcels of lands.
                                             This conceptual picture of future development in
                                             our County also helps local and multi-jurisdictional
                                             planning efforts to be prepared in the context of
                                             the whole interconnected county rather than as 49
                                             unrelated parts.

                    Greenspace Concept Plan
                                             The intent of the Greenspace Concept Plan is to
                                             promote a broad comprehensive vision for greenspace
                                             protection and restoration within Hamilton County.
                                             This conceptual plan, as it evolves, will promote
                                             complementary development and establish a common
                                             agenda and direction for the varied efforts of the many
                                             necessary participants. The Greenspace Concept is a
                                             framework for more detailed planning opportunities
                                             for open space protection and trail connections.

                   Transportation Concept Plan
                                             The Transportation Concept Plan shows highways,
                                             public transport, transit and other transportation
                                             projects proposed in Hamilton County for the next
                                             thirty years. It is a blueprint of how the land-based
                                             transportation system will be shaped in the coming

Addressing Environmental And Social Justice
By Indraneel Kumar

C          ommunity COMPASS published the State of the County Report on Environmental and Social Justice on November 2004. This report
           presents existing conditions and trends in Hamilton County related to contemporary local and national research on discrimination, and
           relays how local social and environmental justice initiatives are attempting to combat these discriminatory practices. The findings are below:

Finding 1:                                                                                          Finding 2:
   Locally unwanted land uses are often located in areas that                                           Advocacy for social and environmental justice is growing
impact some populations disproportionately. In the past various                                     stronger in Hamilton County but disparities still exist. The
studies by the U.S. General Accounting Office, the United Church of                                  Cincinnati region hosts different types of social and environmental
Christ, and individual researchers have established a disproportionate                              interest groups addressing issues of disparities and inequities. These
concentration of “locally unwanted land uses” (or “LULUs”) in                                       include initiatives by local governments, civic organizations, church
communities where Blacks are predominant. Studies published by the                                  groups, and institutions. Examples of local government initiatives are
EPA often found racial and class disparities in the amounts of exposures                            Community Action Now (CAN) launched by the City of Cincinnati to
humans receive to pollutants.                                                                       address social disparities in Black communities (including community
    Hamilton County shares parallels with other jurisdictions in the                                oriented policing), and the environmental justice advisory committee at
United States in that there is some spatial correlation between industries                          OKI, which is addressing environmental justice issues in transportation
releasing toxic materials and the percentage of an area’s population                                planning.
that lives below the poverty line. However, in addition to locations of                                 Community groups in Cincinnati helped to repeal Article XII of
TRI, toxic-releasing facilities, in minority and poorer neighborhoods,                              the City’s Charter, which sanctioned discrimination based on sexual
Hamilton County has jurisdictions with TRI locations, which are                                     orientation. Public interest groups have formed to address issues of
predominantly White and well-to-do neighborhoods.                                                   public transportation. Church groups, such as the AMOS Project
    Two areas within the City of Cincinnati, Lower Price Hill with                                  and Christ Church Cathedral, are working on different types of race
industrial emissions and Winton Hills with a landfill, are perceived                                 interrelationship and community development initiatives. Recently,
as cases of environmental inequities. Various interest groups                                       Cincinnatus Association launched the Greater Cincinnati Commitment
and coalitions have launched initiatives or surveyed the health of                                  campaign. Recently, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
the community residents. However, if LULUs existed prior to                                         was inaugurated in Cincinnati, which will add to the region’s ongoing
concentration of minorities and poor in an area , then it is difficult to                            social justice dialogue.
determine environmental injustice. According to researchers, LULUs                                      Despite efforts by different groups, a recent study analyzing four
such as chemical industries or toxic emitting facilities tend to attract                            decades of socio-economic status (SES) finds that racial isolation
other LULUs in the area with a notion the existence of one more                                     increased in the lowest of four social areas. Socio-economic integration
facility would not make much of a difference. According to others,                                  also did not improve much, as most of the poor families remain
there are cases where industries have located with the assumption that                              concentrated in the core area of the metropolitan region.
minority or poor may not have political clout to counter the decision.                              Indraneel Kumar can be reached at Indraneel.Kumar@hamiltion-co.org

                     Distribution of population in poverty                                                                 Distribution of minority population
                      and toxic-releasing facilities (TRI)                                                                 and toxic-releasing facilities (TRI)
                                                                                    75                                                                                                  75

                                                                                         71                                                                                                  71

    74                                                                                                  74

                                                                                              275                                                                                                 275

  275                                                                                                 275

                                                                      471                                                                                                 471

                                                               75                                                                                                 75

                                                               71                                                                                                  71

Source: State of the County Report: COMMUNITY COMPASS REPORT NO. 16-7,                              Source: State of the County Report: COMMUNITY COMPASS REPORT NO. 16-7,
CAGIS, Toxic Release Inventory-EPA, Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.                   CAGIS, Toxic Release Inventory-EPA, Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.
                                                      upcoming events

                Event                     Date                     Time                          Location                       Contact

         Executive Committee           January 10            9:00 AM - 11:00 AM       Drake Conference Center Room H       Ron Miller 946-4453

                                                                                                                         Catalina Landivar-Simon
          Program Committee            January 19            10:00 AM - 12:00 PM       Wyoming Administration Building

      First Suburbs Consortium of      January 27             8:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Drake Conference Center Room D     Andy Dobson 946-4466
             Southwest Ohio

                                                                                                                         Catalina Landivar-Simon
          Program Committee            February 16           10:00 AM - 12:00 PM       Wyoming Administration Building

      First Suburbs Consortium of      February 24            8:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Drake Conference Center Room D     Andy Dobson 946-4466
             Southwest Ohio

                                                                                                                         Catalina Landivar-Simon
          Program Committee             March 16             10:00 AM - 12:00 PM       Wyoming Administration Building

      First Suburbs Consortium of       March 24              8:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Drake Conference Center Room D     Andy Dobson 946-4466
             Southwest Ohio
                                                                                                                         Catalina Landivar-Simon
            Housing Forum                 TBD                       TBD                             TBD                         946-4455
    Note: Schedule of meetings is subject to change. Please confirm with the listed contact person or check the Planning Partnership website: