Land Use

What’s Being Done – Plan Implementation

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, 130 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

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, please visit

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, please visit

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.

In 2016, the FIAM program added four new partners: Covington, Crestview Hills, Edgewood and Taylor Mill, Kentucky to join existing partners, Independence, Kentucky and Dearborn County, Indiana.

OKI continues to engage existing and past users for input regarding use of the model, model performance, and potential features to be included as the FIAM functionality is enhanced.

For more information, please visit

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.