OSU grad students plan to update county land use plan

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Ohio State University graduate students are completing the first update of the Fayette County Comprehensive Land Use Strategy Plan since its inception in 2006.

In partnership with the Board of Fayette County Commissioners, graduate students in the Master of City and Regional Planning program will propose new strategies for the county to remain economically resilient, attract and retain residents, and maintain its strong agricultural heritage.

Students are working with subcommittees of stakeholders from Fayette County to address priorities such as economic development, health and safety, historic and cultural preservation, and natural resources. Building on the feedback of these subcommittees, students will suggest updates to the existing comprehensive land use plan based on new best practices in the planning field and changes in local context.

“The advancement of a new and updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan will aid Fayette County leaders in a wide ranging, diverse number of areas that are very important to a reasonable, well thought-out plan for a future that allows for urban and rural needs,” said Fayette County Commissioner Tony Anderson. “The hopeful future interaction of industry and family, modern agriculture and other rural life, and the potential for new heavy residential growth and small communities need attention. We (Fayette County interested individuals) are excited with the inclusion of all parties and the Ohio State students. We look forward to all ideas and hope to be inclusive of all ideas presented. Our last (2006) plan proved to be a valuable tool in directing the proper use of limited resources for our Community.”

Students will present preliminary recommendations to the community on Oct. 6th at 7 p.m. in the community room at Southern State Community College, 1270 US Route 62 Southwest, Washington Court House. The event will be open to the public and Fayette County residents are encouraged to attend to provide feedback.

More information about community presentations and a link to a community survey are available at envisionfayette.weebly.com.

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