About The SRPP

The How Do We Grow From Here? – Strategic Regional Policy Plan was adopted by the OKI Land Use Commission on Sept. 11, 2014. The plan contains a vision for regional vitality, sustainability, and competitiveness, focusing on the land use–transportation connection. Conceptually, the strategic planning process addresses four questions: Where are we as a region? Where are we going given current trends? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? Six strategic subject areas guide and focus planning efforts to achieve the overall regional vision. These strategic subject areas are housing, transportation, land use, public facilities and services, natural systems, and economic development. Each subject area of the SRPP contains an overview, a goal, the trends and conditions associated with each strategic regional issue in that subject, and objectives and policy recommendations that address each of the issues.

On this website, you will find the adopted the Strategic Regional Issues, Goals, Objectives and Policy Recommendations. These core plan elements only update with action by the Land Use Commission. In addition to these core elements, you will also find data and trend information about the Strategic Regional Issues, as well as information about what’s being done to implement the plan. These elements of the website are updated as new information becomes available and as progress is made toward plan implementation.

Background & History on the 2005 Strategic Regional Policy Plan 

The plan’s original version, the Where Do We Grow From Here – Strategic Regional Policy Plan (SRPP) was adopted by the OKI Land Use Commission in 2005. This plan was a results of a seven-year long planning and visioning process that involved hundreds of organizations and thousands of citizens.

In response to the chronic gap between transportation needs and dollars available, and to federal directives to consider land use in transportation planning, the OKI board agreed that current trends need to be changed, and that the blueprint for change would be a strategic policy plan.  This policy plan is implemented through voluntary cooperation among local governments, OKI, and other organizations.

While OKI has no authority – and seeks no authority – over local land uses, OKI’s Board created, and sat as, a land use commission to study the complex connection between transportation and how we use land for homes, businesses, parks, and factories.  The primary goal of the OKI Land Use Commission is to bring about more consistency between local land use planning and regional transportation planning, so that scarce taxpayer dollars can be used for maximum benefit.

The Commission and its committees started collecting and analyzing baseline data in 1998 to better understand the many regional issues associated with transportation and land use planning. In its initial data gathering and analysis, the Commission identified over 200 issues that affect the transportation and land use planning relationship, and consulted with the 190 units of local government and the 138 local planning authorities in the region.

In 2002, the Commission and the public developed a vision for the region, and the Commission selected 28 strategic regional issues in six issue categories as the focus for developing the regional policy plan.  Thousands of people were reached through grass roots and media coverage in every county of the region that described the visioning process and its components.

Goals and objectives were drafted for the strategic regional issues in 2003. In 2004, the Commission systematically drafted and discussed over a hundred policies to indicate how the goals and objectives could be met and how the strategic regional issues could be addressed.  Between January and March of 2005, another extensive public involvement process was conducted to get feedback on the draft policies.  In response, over 400 people participated in public meetings and returned policy surveys, and over 500 comments were received.

The draft slate of policies was then modified to reflect recurring public comments and was adopted by OKI’s Board on April 14, 2005 as part of the strategic regional policy plan.

The process of developing the strategic regional policy plan has made evident that residents of the OKI region live their lives at the scale of the region – moving through multiple jurisdictions several times a day to work, shop, play, or seek entertainment.  For that reason, the fate of any individual community is inherently connected to the fate of the region.  OKI is committed to working with local governments, the private and nonprofit sectors, and citizens so that the region is an exceptional place to live.

2014 How Do We Grow From Here – Plan Update Process

While much has been accomplished since the plan’s original adoption in 2005, much remains to be done to reach its goals. In addition, much has changed in the region since 2005. The SRPP was updated in 2014 to reflect the impacts of subsequent events such as the “Great Recession” and the significant changes in our demographics, particularly as the baby-boom generation ages.

The first step of this planning process was the evaluation of the strategic regional issues. Late in 2012, a public questionnaire was promoted on this website. Nearly 2,500 responses were gathered and were used to inform the OKI Land Use Commission as the Strategic Regional Issues were updated in the spring of 2013. In addition to updating the 28 issues in the 2005 plan, 4 new issues were develop in response to feedback about aging infrastructure, stormwater management, public health & community development and quality of life assets in the region.

On July 10, 2013 the newly revised 32 Strategic Regional Issues were revealed with a public event in downtown Cincinnati.  Following the public event, OKI began the process of revisiting the policy recommendations. Peer working groups of experts from the region were formed for each of the six topic areas of the plan. These groups reviewed and revised the policy recommendations, which were further revised in a working session with the OKI Land Use Commission on November 15th, 2013. The policy recommendations in final draft form were presented on this website for public review and comment through the spring and summer of 2014. The final policy recommendations were developed based on this extensive public input.

On Sept. 11th, 2014, the OKI Land Use Commission unanimously adopted the How Do We Grow from Here? – Strategic Regional Policy Plan language for the updated Strategic Regional Issues, Goals, Objectives and Policy Recommendations. The online version of this plan is featured on this website and will remain a resource for communities in the region.

Land Use Commission

While OKI has no authority – and seeks no authority – over local land uses, OKI’s Board created, and sat as, a land use commission to study the complex connection between transportation and how we use land for homes, businesses, parks, and factories. The primary goal of the OKI Land Use Commission is to bring about more consistency between local land use planning and regional transportation planning, so that scarce taxpayer dollars can be used for maximum benefit.
A Steering Committee of the Land Use Commission has convened since the 2005 adoption of the Strategic Regional Policy Plan (SRPP). The Steering Committee works to advance activities related to the implementation and maintenance of the SRPP. The Steering Committee includes representation from each county of the OKI region as well as individuals with expertise in all six topical areas of the SRPP.

OKI Land Use Commission Steering Committee Members:
Kenneth Reed, Chair
Elizabeth Brown
Kevin Costello
Dennis Gordon
Andrew Kuchta
Christine Matacic
Larry Maxey
Pamela Mullins
David Okum
Randy Maxwell
Bruce Whitteberry
Stan Williams
Tom Yeager