In 2016 OKI developed web-based interactive water resource profiles for each of the 131 Ohio jurisdictions in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties. The profiles provide a tool to support informed local decision-making regarding natural systems, public facilities and land use.
Water and Sewer System Mapping
OKI last updated mapping water service areas in the region in 2005. Between 2009-2011, OKI mapped sewer service areas in the Ohio and Indiana portions of the region and updated sewer service areas in Ohio will be complete in 2015.
Incorporating Level of Service Standards/Benchmarks in Comprehensive Plans
OKI will consult with planners and water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure providers to identify elements to consider as standards or benchmarks for adequacy in comprehensive plans, and then incorporate them in guidance for local planners.
Analysis of Impervious Surface
Because impervious surface increases the likelihood and amount of stormwater runoff, in September 2012 OKI completed an analysis of impervious surface in the Ohio portion of the region that was incorporated as Appendix C to the Water Quality Management Plan. Next steps (as funds are identified) are to perform such an analysis for the Kentucky and Indiana portions of the region.
Identification of Stormwater Management Agencies
In the spring of 2013 OKI completed an analysis of stormwater management agencies responsible for meeting federal requirements in the Ohio portion of the region, an analysis that was then incorporated within Chapter 5 of the Water Quality Management Plan. Next steps (as funds are identified) are to perform such an analysis for the Kentucky and Indiana portions of the region.
OKI Regional Conservation Council
The RCC is comprised of the soil and water conservation districts from all the counties of region, and is a collegial information-sharing body for the promotion and implementation of best practices, especially for managing stormwater run-off and the pollutants it carries. The RCC convenes during events twice each year.
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 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.
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 http://www.oki.org/plans-and-programs/strategic-regional-policy-plan-how-do-we-grow-from-here
OKI 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 http://www.oki.org/rpf/