OKI Elements of an Effective Local Comprehensive Plan
OKI published the Elements of an Effective Local Comprehensive Plan in January 2016. OKI staff has presented this Guide at local conference and workshop sessions, including the region’s annual David J Allor Planning and Zoning Workshop and often features topical elements at OKI Regional Planning Forum events. To date, 150 copies have been distributed to local communities and private sector consultants. For a copy of the Guide or to request a workshop please contact Andy Meyer, Senior Planner firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on the 2014 SRPP update, new topic areas included in the 2016 publication include Public Health, Energy, and Community Character.
Comprehensive Planning & Land Use Planning Guidance and Technical Assistance
Tools, research and resources related to the Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Planning are available as a service to local government in the region. OKI staff is available to provide technical assistance for specific local planning needs and projects as resources permit. In addition, OKI has developed planning guidance documents and model ordinances on special topics related to the How Do We Grow From Here? Plan. OKI staff will update the documents as needed. For additional information and links to the guidance documents, click here.
Regional Planning Forum
OKI holds information meetings each year for professional planners across the region, called Regional Planning Forum. The forum features a variety of topics that help inform planners about the issues and policy recommendations in the How Do We Grow from Here? Plan. The purpose of the Forum is to create a regional outlet for sharing information, experience and expertise among planners and those in related disciplines so that we can provide the best possible quality of life for those who live and work in our region. For more information, click here.
Fiscal Impact Analysis Model
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has developed a Fiscal Impact Analysis Model to give decision makers a better understanding of the budgetary implications of land use proposals. The model has been in use in the region since 2009 and is regularly updated. The Fiscal Impact Analysis Model estimates the costs and revenues associated with land use change. It can compare alternative development scenarios within a jurisdiction and analyze effects of specific development projects.
The FIAM program includes six active partner communities: Dearborn County, Covington, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Independence, and Taylor Mill.
OKI has also engaged existing and past users for input regarding use of the model, model performance, and potential features to be included in upcoming improvements.
Improvements to the FIAM tool launched in September 2017 and presented to the Board in November 2017:
- Added fiscal impact analysis for school districts, and the ability to model the impacts of TIF districts – existing and proposed
- Allows side-by-side comparison of multiple scenarios
- Faster operation with less error codes
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Public Health in Community Planning & Development
The relationship between public health and the built environment is a new issue in the 2014 How Do We Grow From Here? Plan. OKI staff has worked over the last few years to understand this relationship and to develop partnerships with local public health agencies and planning organizations to move this issue forward. In the near term, OKI will provide guidance documents and technical assistance to local communities who want to explore this issue. OKI will also convene partners to develop additional resources for communities in the region.
OKI along with Northern Kentucky partners, Center for Great Neighborhoods, PDS, and the Northern Kentucky Health Department, formed the Kenton County Plan4Health Coalition in 2015. The Coalition successfully engaged four strategically located corner stores in Covington which committed to increasing healthy food options. These stores received mini-grants to purchase equipment and marketing materials necessary to include fruit/vegetable options in their inventory. The project team also engaged school administrators and implemented activities encouraging students to choose healthier snack options. Since the project concluded in April 2016, the American Planning Association has continued to promote successes from it with other regions interested in implementing similar programs.
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The Solar Ready project was completed in April 2016 and resulted in a series of best practice recommendations for local planning offices and code officials regarding rooftop solar PV regulations. These materials are housed on OKI’s website section titled Go Solar Ready and features an interactive solar map providing solar potential of rooftops across the OKI region. In February 2016 OKI hosted the Solar Ready Financing and Investments Conference focused on lending opportunities for corporate property owners/managers and featuring a panel of corporate representatives sharing solar successes including GM, IKEA, and Johnson & Johnson.
Community Strategic Energy Planning Project
With an award from the Duke Class Benefit Fund, OKI began producing Community Strategic Energy Plans for two interested local communities in 2017; The Village of Cleves and Colerain Township. Although generally based on content from the US Department of Energy’s guide on producing a local energy plan, OKI worked with the local governments to tailor each plan to the local community’s situation; and each plan featured robust public input.
Ways this project benefits the local Community and the Region:
- Builds awareness of how energy affects local communities and ties into traditional community planning topics like transportation, housing, economic development, and natural systems
- Develops a knowledge base, data, and indicators that can be used to understand energy impacts throughout the region
- Provides funds to kick-start the implementation of the plans
- Builds stronger awareness of local priorities regarding energy, which is expected to lead to further local and regional activity on energy issues
This project is resulting in a much better understanding of something that is currently lacking from the discussion of energy issues – and that is local community priorities. We have come to understand that things work better when our regional transportation priorities and local land use priorities are mutually aligned. The same holds true for our energy policies and infrastructure. It is essential that we develop a locally-driven set of energy priorities and are able to effectively communicate those to everyone involved in the energy field. Technologies and regulations are changing rapidly. As a region, we need to develop a voice in that conversation – and that voice starts at the local community level.
Through 2019, OKI will be developing Community Strategic Energy Plans with Middletown, North College Hill, Harlan Township, Turtlecreek Township, and Silverton.