In 2016, OKI introduced new economic development criteria to the project prioritization process used to select projects for federal funding awards. The new criteria factors the number of jobs located within ½ mile of a proposed project and also considers any new job creation and/or real capital investment resulting from the built project within the project area.
Regional Tourism Assets
In 2019, OKI consulted with state and local tourism and visitors bureaus across the region to identify regionally significant assets and to discuss current and anticipated transportation facility needs. The information gathered was incorporated into the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and will be expanded upon in future plan updates.
Fiscal Impact Analysis Model (FIAM 2.0)
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 FIAM 2.0 was launched in 2020 to better address communities needs. 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.
Learn more about FIAM 2.0.
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, over 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
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.
OKI Regional Planning Forum
OKI holds information meetings each year for professional planners across the region, called the 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. More information is available here.