PLANCincinnati Recognized for Comprehensive Plan

PLANCincinnati Recognized for Visionary Comprehensive Plan

The City of Cincinnati City Planning Commission is awarded the Frank F. Ferris II Community Planning Award from The Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission for PLAN Cincinnati -- a comprehensive visionary plan that focuses on what the City will look like in the future.

Hamilton County Planning and Development Director Todd Kinskey said, "The planning award is given annually to a local planning commission or committee whose efforts have contributed to the elevation of planning principles, greater awareness of the value of planning and improved quality of life."

Charles Graves, Director of the Department of Planning and Buildings said, "PLAN Cincinnati engaged business leaders and thousands of Cincinnati residents and community organizations from all 52 neighborhoods as part of a collaborative four-year process.  We are pleased to have our efforts recognized with such a prestigious award."

PLAN Cincinnati is the culmination of an interactive planning process involving a cross-section of community residents and leaders -- from the youngest citizens to the most senior. The result of those efforts is a long-range plan to promote growth, protect the environment and influence future development in Cincinnati. PLAN Cincinnati outlines five key initiative areas:

Compete - Be the pivotal economic force of the region.
Connect - Bring people and places together.
Live - Strengthen our magnetic City with energized people.
Sustain - Steward resources and ensure long-term vitality.
Collaborate - Partner to reach our common goals.

"We have received unanimous support from the Mayor, City Council and the City Manager Milton Dohoney who have directed that PLAN Cincinnati serve as the guiding policy document to build on community assets," adds Graves.

Each initiative area has a series of goals, strategies, action steps and tasks to deliver desired outcomes. The research and recommendations of previous plans are covered in the scope of PLAN Cincinnati which includes Economic Development, Housing, Transportation, Health, and Arts and Culture. PLAN Cincinnati complements the regional work being done by Agenda 360, Vision 2015, Hamilton County Community COMPASS, Building Cincinnati, OKI 2030 Transportation Plan and the OKI Strategic Regional Policy Plan, Strive Together and others.

"PLAN Cincinnati will evolve as it is implemented. Over time, we will work with other City departments to adjust the plan to meet current needs while maintaining an overall integrated approach," continues Graves. "We now have an overarching plan that will build on the assets we already have."

Caleb Faux, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Co-Chair of the PLAN Cincinnati Steering Committee is proud of the PLAN Cincinnati outcomes. "We have reached another milestone in Cincinnati’s history by developing a plan that will be reviewed annually, including giving a progress update to City Council. We certainly do not intend for PLAN Cincinnati to sit on a shelf and gather dust. Our last Plan was written in the 1980s and this planning process was long overdue. What we have now helps design and inform our future."

Copies of the PLAN are available online at www.plancincinnati.org