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					NEW CONCORD PLANNING
      TASK FORCE


     FINAL REPORT



        Sponsored By:
     Village of New Concord
   New Concord Board of Trade
              RENEW




        Facilitated By:




      September, 2008
                               Acknowledgements

The Village of New Concord, the New Concord Board of Trade and RENEW wish
to thank the following volunteers for their time and commitment in developing
this plan for our community.

                                     Participants

Greg Adams – Mayor, Village of New Concord; Resource Systems, Inc.
John Anderson - NCAARD
Christy Applegate – Christy’s Main Street Memories
Brian Bennett – Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative Inc.; RENew; Board
of Education, East Muskingum School District
Alan Chaffee – New Concord Village Council; Muskingum College
Michael De Leon – Minister, Lighthouse Baptist Church
Robert Dickson – New Concord Village Council; NCAARD
Charlie Drubel – Muskingum College
Beth Drubel - Resident
Sheila Ellenberger – NCAARD; Muskingum College
Brett Essex – New Concord Village Council
Kathy Frakes – RENew; The Wilds
Charles Gates – New Concord Village Council
Jim Heagen – East Muskingum School District Superintendent
Jean Hinebaugh – Resident
John Huey – New Concord Village Administrator
Janice Hutchison – New Concord Board of Trade; Century National Bank
William Kerrigan – NCAARD; John and Annie Glenn Historic Site; Muskingum
College
Steve Kokovich – New Concord Village Council; Muskingum College
Jennifer Lyle – RENew; Muskingum College
Don McKendry – John and Annie Glenn Historic Site
Jean McKendry – Resident


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Larry Miller – New Concord Planning Committee
Lorle Porter - John and Annie Glenn Historic Site; New Concord Design Review
Committee
Dave Radecke – Peak Performance/Bosky Group
Gail Requardt – East Muskingum School District Board of Education
George St. Clair – John and Annie Glenn Historic Site; New Concord Design
Review Committee
Jan Stults – Resident
Taylor Stults – Resident
Steve Sullivan – Minister, United Methodist Church
James Taylor – RENEW; Lions Club
Sandy White – Sandy’s Sewing Room
Beth Wharton – Orme-West Hardware
Clyta Young – RENew; East Muskingum School District


Facilitators: Myra Moss and Bill Grunkemeyer, Ohio State University Extension


We also wish to thank Brian Bennett and the Guernsey-Muskingum Electric
Cooperative for providing meeting space for our planning sessions.




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                       Overview of Planning Initiative

In October of 2007 the Village of New Concord engaged in a DART visit,
conducted by Heritage Ohio, to assess and recommend strategies for the Village
to consider in its community revitalization efforts. As a result of this assessment
the New Concord Planning Task Force identified planning areas for further
consideration by the community. The following four planning areas were
identified:

      COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT AND AESTHETICS
      NCAARD – PARKS AND RECREATION
      BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT
      HOUSING

Workgroups created goals and strategies for three of the four planning areas.
(See Exhibit I)

After establishing the four planning areas the Task Force secured assistance from
Ohio State University Extension. An initial review meeting was held to seek
community concurrence that the four planning areas were the highest priority
and to determine next steps in the planning process. Participants decided to
engage in a planning process, using OSU Extension as the facilitator.

Review Meeting:

Objective: Seek concurrence with planning areas and design of planning process

The four planning areas were shared by the New Concord Planning Task Force
with New Concord area leaders and stakeholder organizations in a community
review meeting held on May 21, 2008. Over 60 community leaders attended this
meeting, reaffirmed their agreement with the four planning areas and their
acceptance of the planning area goals, committed their continued interest in the
planning process, and indicated their willingness to participate in a community
action planning initiative.

A number of options designed to move the planning process forward were
presented. The selected planning steps included:

      Understand and commit to four planning areas:
          o Parks and Recreation
          o Business Enhancement
          o Community Improvements and Aesthetics
          o Housing




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      Identify existing organizations or create new committees to move each planning
       area forward
      Explore development strategies
      Analyze capacities to choose appropriate strategies
      Build on existing physical, capital, social and human resources
      Create an action plan for implementation of outcomes

These steps would be completed through two sessions designed to create an
action plan for each of the four planning areas.

                           Planning Sessions Report

Session I:

Objective: Dialogue with experts and develop a final list of feasible goals and
strategies

On July 21, 2008 a resource expert in each of the four planning areas worked
with each of the planning area committees. These experts included:

       Paul Tecpanecatl, AICP, Principal Owner, Poggemeyer Design Group
             Paul, an expert in housing development, facilitated the Housing
             Committee
       Greg Davis, Ph.D., Director, Ohio Business Retention & Expansion
             Program, OSU Extension
             Greg, an expert in business development, facilitated the Business
             Enhancement Committee
       Mary Gilbert, Executive Director, Main Street Kent Program
             Mary, an expert in downtown development provided input and Bill
             Grunkemeyer, Specialist, OSU Extension, facilitated the Community
             Improvement and Aesthetics Workgroup.
       Myra Moss, Specialist, OSU Extension Sustainable Community and
             Economic Development initiatives provided input and facilitation for
             the NCAARD-Parks and Rec Committee

Each workgroup dialogued with the resource experts about their previous goals
and strategies and arrived at a final list of feasible goals and strategies. They
then presented their Workgroup’s report to the entire group. Finally, linkages
and common themes among the four workgroup’s strategies were identified by
the entire group. These linkages include:

      Each group identified the need for input from the community through
       surveys




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      Each group identified the need to identify and seek funding from public
       and private entities
      All groups identified the need for the collaboration with the public schools
       and Muskingum College in pursuing goals
      All groups were identified the East Muskingum School District boundaries
       as a planning area
      Alternative transportation linkages/community walkability and bikeability
       were mentioned as a need –
              To connect neighborhood housing with the downtown business
              district
              To connect residents with recreational facilities
              To connect the college with the downtown
      Becoming a green, sustainable community

A report of Session One is presented as Exhibit II. Session Two: Action Planning.

Session Two: Action Planning:

Objective: Development of Action Plans for each goal

On September 8, 2008, each of the four planning workgroups selected one or
two strategies to address, then developed Action Plans around the selected
strategies. These Action Plans will provide the guidance needed by each
workgroup to accomplish their goal.

The Action Plans include, for each strategy chosen:

   1. What specific actions must be taken to implement the strategy within the
      next 6 months to one year
   2. The responsible person/organization for each action as well as their roles
      and responsibilities
   3. When the action will be taken
   4. What resources will be needed and where they will be obtained
   5. How implementation of the strategy will be reviewed and monitored and
      accountability be assured
   6. A list of workgroup members and email addresses

Each of the four planning workgroups developed at least one Action Plan during
the September 8th meeting. These Action Plans follow in this report on pages 7
through 14.
                               Report Prepared by Ohio State University Extension, October, 2008




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                                   COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT AND AESTHETICS
                                                            Action Plan

Goal: Improve the Physical Appearance of New Concord
Strategy: “Brand” the New Concord Area
1. What specific actions must be taken to     2. Who has responsibility for each               3. When will the action be taken?
implement the strategy in the next 6          action? What are their roles and
months to 1 year?                             responsibilities?
I. Replace Community Group Signs              I. DRB                                           I. October 2008 – first meeting
A. DRB – convene meeting for all community                                                     Target June 1, 2009 to construct
groups
B. Request that Council approve design/plan
budget

II. Extend Decorative Lighting                II. Village Council to approve engineering and   II. November 2008 – hire engineer
A. Create preliminary engineering plan with   hold public meetings                             Target August 1, 2009 to start
cost estimates                                                                                 construction
B. Hold public meetings to discuss plan
4. What resources will be needed and      5. How will implementation be reviewed   6. Workgroup Members
where will they be obtained?              and monitored and accountability be
                                          assured?
                                                                                   John Huey: jhuey@newconcord-oh.gov

I. Community Groups and Village Council   I. Lorle Porter                          Greg Adams: gadams@tdpi.com

                                                                                   Brian Bennett: bbennett@gmenergy.com

                                                                                   Lorle Porter
II. Village Council and Donations         II. Greg Adams
                                                                                   George St. Clair: barbstcl@core.com




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                                               NCAARD – PARKS AND RECREATION
                                                                Action Plan
Strategy I: Seek Funding from Safe Routes to School Program
1. What specific actions must be taken to          2. Who has responsibility for each            3. When will the action be taken?
implement the strategy in the next 6               action? What are their roles and
months to 1 year?                                  responsibilities?

I. Investigate the feasibility of getting a Safe   Jim Heagen will schedule a meeting for week   Meeting will occur week of September 8, 2008
Routes to School Planning Grant                    of September 8, 2008
                                                                                                 Application will be prepared and submitted
II. Get EMSD, NCAARD, the Village and                                                            prior to Safe Routes Grant deadline of
possibly Muskingum College to sponsor it                                                         November 3, 2008

III. Schedule a meeting for week of
September 8, 2008 with John Anderson, John
Huey and Jim Heagen


4. What resources will be needed and               5. How will implementation be reviewed        6. Workgroup Members
where will they be obtained?                       and monitored and accountability be
                                                   assured?                                      Gail Requardt: gailrequardt@gmail.com
                                                                                                 Steve Kokovich: skokovich@muskingum.edu
Grant writing assistance: EMSD                                                                   Robert Dickson: rdicksondic@hotmail.com
                                                                                                 Steve Sullivan: ncumcpastor@clover.net
                                                                                                 Bil Kerrigan: kerrigan@muskingum.edu
                                                                                                 John Anderson: ncaard@newconcord-oh.gov
                                                                                                 Jim Heagen:
                                                                                                 jheagen@east-muskingum.k12.oh.us
                                                                                                 James Taylor: RENEW




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                                          NCAARD – PARKS AND RECREATION
                                                            Action Plan
Strategy II: Identify and Create appropriate Organization/Financial Structure
1. What specific actions must be taken to     2. Who has responsibility for each           3. When will the action be taken?
implement the strategy in the next 6          action? What are their roles and
months to 1 year?                             responsibilities?

Explore developing a financial (tax,          NCAARD or new committee                      Within next 6 months (by March 2009)
Foundation) entity that would oversee major
recreational developments                     Responsibility is follow-up and next steps
    o parks/recreation                        Exploring what it takes to be a
    o Indoor recreation facility              Foundation/Park Recreation District
    o Ball fields/parks

4. What resources will be needed and          5. How will implementation be reviewed       6. Workgroup Members
where will they be obtained?                  and monitored and accountability be
                                              assured?                                     Gail Requardt: gailrequardt@gmail.com
                                                                                           Steve Kokovich: skokovich@muskingum.edu
Information and where to obtain it            One month review                             Robert Dickson: rdicksondic@hotmail.com
                                                                                           Steve Sullivan: ncumcpastor@clover.net
                                                                                           Bil Kerrigan: kerrigan@muskingum.edu
                                                                                           John Anderson: ncaard@newconcord-oh.gov
                                                                                           Jim Heagen:
                                                                                           jheagen@east-muskingum.k12.oh.us
                                                                                           James Taylor: RENEW




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                                                BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT
                                                            Action Plan

Goal: Help Current and Existing Businesses Succeed and Promote New Businesses
Strategy: Build a Business Map Locating Area Businesses
1. What specific actions must be taken to     2. Who has responsibility for each             3. When will the action be taken?
implement the strategy in the next 6          action? What are their roles and
months to 1 year?                             responsibilities?

Create a map with business locations marked   To be assigned to Board of Trade               October 1, 2008
on map

Gather names and locations of businesses




4. What resources will be needed and          5. How will implementation be reviewed         6. Workgroup Members
where will they be obtained?                  and monitored and accountability be
                                              assured?                                       Michael DeLeon: michaelmjd@gmail.com

Village                                       Business Task Force meet with Board of Trade   Brett Essex: bessex@columbus.rr.com
                                              in December of 2008 to monitor what has
School District – map                         been accomplished and what is yet to be done   Janice Hutchison:
                                                                                             jhutchison@centurynationalbank.com
College Project – Tom German
                                                                                             Christy Applegate: christy04@verizon.net

                                                                                             Jennifer Lyle (ad hoc)




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                                                                  HOUSING
                                                                Action Plan

Goal: Diversify and Expand the Housing Stock in the New Concord Area

Strategy I: Conduct Community Housing Survey
1. What specific actions must be taken to         2. Who has responsibility for each                3. When will the action be taken?
implement the strategy in the next 6              action? What are their roles and
months to 1 year?                                 responsibilities?
1. Find a survey facilitator
    o Determine cost                              Charley and Jennifer talk with Center for         Within 6 months put survey into action or
    o Decide on a facilitator                     Regional Planning and Development                 completion
2. Identify sources of funding for survey                                                               o 30 days to develop
3. Determine who we want to survey and how        Combination of full housing group for                 o 90 days to completion
to best reach them                                information input and 2 – 3 individuals to work
     How do we reach Muskingum College           with survey facilitator
         alumni and others who might be
         interested in retiring in New Concord?
    o Random and representative
4. Design survey questions
5. Determine best method(s) to reach target
populations
    o Mail and internet
    o Focus Group Interviews
    o Phone, door to door
    o Other
6. Compile survey input and analyze results
4. What resources will be needed and              5. How will implementation be reviewed            6. Workgroup Members
where will they be obtained?                      and monitored and accountability be               Taylor Stults: tstults@columbus.rr.com
                                                  assured?                                          Jan Stults: tstults@columbus.rr.com
                                                                                                    Charlie Drubel: adrubel@muskingum.edu
OSU Extension                                     Analysis of survey by facilitators and members    Jennifer Lyle: jenniferlyl@gmail.com
                                                  of the Workgroup                                  Larry Miller: lwmiller@columbus.rr.com




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Center for Regional Planning and Development                                                 Jean Hinebaugh: hinebaughjean@yahoo.com
                                                                                             Sandy White: skwhite3@verizon.net
East Muskingum School District                                                               Don and Jean McKendry:
                                                                                             dmckendr@columbus.rr.com
                                                                                             Clyta Young: cyoung@columbus.rr.com




                                                               HOUSING
                                                               Action Plan

Strategy II: Identify Landowners for Housing Development
1. What specific actions must be taken to       2. Who has responsibility for each           3. When will the action be taken?
implement the strategy in the next 6            action? What are their roles and
months to 1 year?                               responsibilities?
1. Complete Survey (see Strategy I)
2. Identify type of housing we want to          Don McKendry
prioritize
3. Identify existing water and sewer            Andy Roberts at Muskingum County for flood
4. Determine reasonable geographic              plain map
boundaries
5. Talk to known landowners
    o Determine questions
    o Keith Vickers, D. Radecke, McCall,
          White
6. Identify additional landowners and talk to
them

4. What resources will be needed and            5. How will implementation be reviewed       6. Workgroup Members
where will they be obtained?                    and monitored and accountability be          Taylor Stults: tstults@columbus.rr.com
                                                assured?                                     Jan Stults: tstults@columbus.rr.com
                                                                                             Charlie Drubel: adrubel@muskingum.edu
                                                                                             Jennifer Lyle: jenniferlyl@gmail.com
                                                                                             Larry Miller: lwmiller@columbus.rr.com




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     Jean Hinebaugh: hinebaughjean@yahoo.com
     Sandy White: skwhite3@verizon.net
     Don and Jean McKendry:
     dmckendr@columbus.rr.com
     Clyta Young: cyoung@columbus.rr.com




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            EXHIBIT I




NEW CONCORD PLANNING
     TASK FORCE


Dart Visit Planning Areas Goals,
 Strategies & Projects Report
           COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS AND AESTHETICS
                                    COMMITTEE


GOAL
Improve the physical appearance of New Concord


SCOPE
Streetscapes, lighting, sidewalks, signage, parking areas, displays, building facades and
landscaping, green areas

STRATEGIES (suggested)
            The task force will identify and prioritize projects to present to the DART
            committee.

           After receiving a consensus for priority projects, the task force will work
            with various stakeholders to acquire funding and complete projects.

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (suggested)
            Extend decorative street lights.

            Create pedestrian linkage and walking paths around the New Concord.

            Replace entrance signs for community groups.

            Work with property owners to encourage improvements to building
             facades, landscaping, signage, lighting, window displays, curbs and
            sidewalks.




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               BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE


GOAL
Help current businesses succeed and promote new businesses


SCOPE
Existing and potential businesses in the New Concord area


STRATEGIES (suggested)
            Conduct a needs assessment of current businesses
            Identify how to interact schools and college with current businesses
            Identify potential new businesses (e.g. restaurants)
            Identify locations for new and/or expanded business


BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS (suggested)
            Work with village and Board of Trade to create tools for business
            promotion

            Work with schools and college to encourage students and teachers to shop
            downtown.

           Find a way that the Muskingum community can use Muskie Bucks cards
            with local merchants.

            Locate sites and ideas to attract new businesses to New Concord

            Develop a nice restaurant [dinner?]

            Work with college and schools to promote more downtown activity




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                            HOUSING COMMITTEE


GOAL
Diversify and expand the housing stock in the New Concord area


SCOPE
Senior housing and startup housing were identified. Others may be added.


STRATEGIES (suggested)
        Determine priorities for various housing projects – a needs analysis. Can a
        single solution serve multiple purposes?

        Get as much community input as possible.

        Identify and assess potential locations

        Is a development or other partner needed?

HOUSING PROJECTS (suggested)
      How best to address the varied needs for senior housing (aging-in-place,
        independent housing, assisted living, etc.)

      How best to address the varied needs for startup housing (rentals, condo, smaller
        homes, etc.)




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              Exhibit II


 Report from Session One
Discussion of Goals and Strategies




   Village of New Concord, Ohio
           July 21, 2008




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                      Meeting Objectives and Agenda

This Planning Task Force Meeting, held at the Guernsey-Muskingum Electric
Cooperative in New Concord, was the first in a series of two community meetings
designed to establish goals, strategies and action plans for four planning areas
chosen by the planning task force:
    Parks and Recreation
    Business Enhancement
    Community Improvements and Aesthetics
    Housing


The following reports capture the group’s thinking regarding goals for each of
the four planning areas.

                              Report Prepared by Ohio State University Extension, August, 2008




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                  NAARD: Parks and Recreation Workgroup

Strategies:

      New Concord is a walkable community
      Residents of the New Concord Area/John Glenn School District have
       access to walking/biking trails for recreation and alternative transportation
      Athletic space is available through cooperation and improvement to meet
       a wide variety of community recreational needs
      Parks and Recreation program delivery, planning, and development is
       accomplished through appropriate organizational structure(s)

Long range Strategies:

      Multi-purpose Center developed, through collaborations/partnerships
      EMSPA (pool) improved/rebuilt and a separate entity

Possible Assumptions:

          1. Planning area is East Muskingum School District boundaries
          2. Collaborating parties include Village of New Concord, East
             Muskingum School District, Muskingum College, and Township
             Trustees of townships within EMSD


The following comments were gathered from the overall discussion of the Parks
and Recreation workgroup:

      Vision that New Concord is a walkable village
       a. Improve crossing safety on Rt. 83, Liberty and at various places in
       Village
               Funding possibility for planning and construction: ODOT Safe
               Routes to Schools Program
                      Grants provided for planning/mapping first year, then
                      construction subsequent years
               Explore the Installation of safety improvements such as crosswalks,
               stop signs, lights, etc. at key places in village so children/adults can
               safely cross roadways
       b. Connect reservoir to community from northern side of reservoir to JGHS
       campus
               Village has control of a portion of this route; remainder of route
               needs to be determined and more area under village control to
               provide a complete right of way
               There is a steep ravine that will need to be bridged


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          Unclear property ownership
 Ball fields: Pike ball fields – cooperation on existing fields versus separate
  fields
 Explore the creation of a new entity that encompassed the whole school
  district. Muskingum County/whole region should be a full partner.
          If become a recreational district, can have certain advantages in
          raising revenues (taxing ability) and applying for grants.
          Who should be included? How do we begin process?
                  Research advantages and disadvantages of different
                  organizational structures
                  Decide goals & priorities and determine which organizational
                  structure/entity could best help to achieve them
  Need for traffic calming throughout villages and especially at entrance
    from Rt. 83 north. Need visual clues to slow down because you are
    entering the village.
  Develop New Concord as a “green community” by encouraging both
    walking and biking dimensions. Consider allowing alternative forms of
    transportation such as segways and golf carts.
  Explore Grant and other funding possibilities to achieve goals:
          Explore Rails with Trails program that allows development of
          bikeways along active rail lines.
          Nature Works funding
          County Park District
          CDBG
          ODOT (various grant programs)




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                     Business Enhancement Workgroup

Goal: Help current businesses succeed and promote new businesses

Strategies:
1.     Develop a Business Directory:
             Put on a website with direct links to individual business web sites

2.    Build a Business Map locating area businesses:
             Flyers/welcome folders for college students and their parents, and
             teachers
             Recognize businesses with new employees

3.    Produce a Business Highlight video

4.    Conduct study of what type of business people want, where are people
      shopping. Consider the feasibility of a restaurant and hotel.

5.    Create a New Concord Farmer’s Market

6.    Create an ongoing dialogue between the village and the college to
      enhance the mutual relationship




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          Community Improvements and Aesthetics Workgroup

The workgroup’s discussion centered on the following goals and strategies: Goal:
Improve the physical appearance of New Concord

Strategies:




          1. Improve I70 Interchange
             Improve Rt. 83 corridor into the village

          2. Replace community group signs at entrances into town

          3. Better educate downtown businesses about Design Standards

          4. Design/develop pedestrian linkages not just for recreation – but
             also to link businesses, schools, housing

          5. Extend decorative lighting

          6. Publicize successes to get community support

   7. Consider “branding” the New Concord area
         30 years ago New Concord was known as a “National Road Town”
         10 years ago the Main Street lights and entrance walls were
            introduced
         What is New Concord’s brand today?




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                                     Housing Workgroup

Goal: Diversity & expand the housing stock in the New Concord area:

Strategies:
1.     Conduct a community housing survey to determine the needs of area
       residents and types of housing:

         Seek assistance, where needed, in conducting a community housing
         survey and analyzing the results.

2.       Look at the area and integrate housing with recreation, economic
         development, and other land use considerations:

         New Concord’s land use planning should incorporate all areas of need
         including housing, recreation, economic development, etc.

3.       Identify potential partners and co-sponsors in housing development:

         Potential partners include the Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian
         groups who sponsor retirement housing. Identify and consider possible
         sources of public and private funding for market rate housing
         development.

4.       Identify and facilitate land suitable for housing development and form
         relationships with developers:

         Identify and secure land of sufficient size for housing development and
         facilitate relationships with developers.

5.       Use Google maps at the next planning session to create a dynamic visual
         representation of all our ideas & geographic areas, not just for housing
         but for all the discussions.




The following comments were gathered from the overall discussion of the
Housing Workgroup:

        Need to identify types of housing – size, needs, ages, etc.
               Sites and site control



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           The facilitator used the term 'lifecycle' housing to help the group
           pinpoint the kinds of housing we might need, i.e. at what point in
           someone's life (single just out of school, young couples, young
           families, growing families, older singles, older couples & empty
           nesters, retirement, assisted living, etc)
   Housing types (new housing) – condos – villas
           We discussed the definition of these terms, i.e. 'condo' is a form of
           property ownership as opposed to a physical style of housing and
           'villa' is generally used to refer to a specific type of detached
           suburban dwelling (per Wikipedia). We also realized that we might
           be talking about a) more than one development and b) that several
           housing styles can be included in a development as well; very little
           is either/or.
   Housing for middle income
           The group agreed that New Concord has low income & high income
           housing already, but middle income housing is lacking regardless of
           point in lifestyle.
   Identify funding resources (Government, private)
           Are there funding resources available for middle income housing?
   Infrastructure – e.g. water, sewer
           The housing group agreed that their thinking should not be limited
           to New Concord village boundaries, although we shouldn't exclude
           possibilities such as buying up existing property that perhaps in not
           in great shape and building new on the land. If development takes
           place outside of New Concord proper, will the village annex? What
           is the village policy/process on annexation?
   Visionary planning and development
           Green technology, accessibility, universal design, sustainability and
           future gas/carbon usage
   Zoning criteria and impacts
   55+ housing needs
           The needs differ with each person, e.g. some in the group
           expressed an interest in mixed-use housing so that they could
           continue to be around different generations; some prefer to be only
           with others in their same age range for more peace & quiet
   Muskingum College input needed
           The group discussed the important role that many higher
           educational institutions are playing in providing and/or supporting
           retirement housing. Such developments benefit the colleges
           because it they brings paying students to programs and classes and
           also provide an opportunity to bring alumni back to the community.
           At some point the Muskingum College administration should be
           approached to discuss opportunities to collaborate.
   Invite developers in to discuss possibilities


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   Identify available land of sufficient size
           The group had a wide-ranging discussion of land that might or
           might not be available in a number of areas surrounding the village
           and including some areas within New Concord. This discussion
           dovetails with infrastructure needs and village land use planning.
           The facilitator indicated that developers need to build 22 or more
           units in order to recoup their investment and this requires 5 – 8
           acres of land.
   Convert Stormont School Building
           The group felt that this was an unlikely possibility due to public
           sentiment surrounding elementary school mergers.




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               Linkages and Common Themes Among the Four Planning
                                     Areas

The following common themes and linking strategies were found between the
four planning areas of Housing, Business Enhancement, Parks and Recreation
and Community Improvement and Aesthetics:

      Each group identified the need for input from the community through
       surveys
      Each group identified the need to identify and seek funding from public
       and private entities
      All groups identified the need for the cooperation of the public schools and
       Muskingum College in pursuing goals
      All groups were interested in the inclusion of residents outside of the
       village in planning; the use of the East Muskingum School District
       boundaries as a planning area was proposed
      Alternative transportation linkages/community walkability and bikeability
       were mentioned as a need –
               To connect neighborhood housing with the downtown business
               district
               To connect residents with recreational facilities
               To connect the college with the downtown
      The adoption of a visionary approach to planning and community
       development was identified – as things develop, think about accessibility
       and walkability
      Becoming a green, sustainable community




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