Monday, October 5, 2009

Second public meeting on Cincinnati master plan tonight

The second of four public meetings being held to develop Cincinnati's first comprehensive master plan in 30 years will be held this evening at 6 p.m. at the Price Hill Recreation Center, 959 Hawthorne Avenue.

The Department of City Planning and Buildings is holding the meeting to gather information on the City's biggest issues and greatest opportunities, which will help inform policy and guide the allocation of resources within the City's neighborhoods over the next 10 to 20 years.
"The development of a comprehensive plan for a large city like Cincinnati will act as the primary guide for the physical development of the City for many years to come," said Charles C. Graves III, director of the Department of City Planning and Buildings.

The meetings are part of an 18-month process to develop strategies for housing and neighborhood development; economic development and business retention; transportation and transit; health, the environment, and open space; land use; historic preservation; urban design; utilities and infrastructure; institutions; intergovernmental cooperation; and fiscal responsibility.

In addition to public input, the plan will incorporate recommendations from completed studies such as the GO Cincinnati plan, the Agenda 360 action plan, and Community COMPASS, as well as recommendations from the View Corridor Study and Cincinnati Parks Centennial Master Plan.

Next year's Neighborhood Summit will be devoted entirely to the plan, and a draft plan is scheduled for late fall of 2010. Final public hearings and consideration by both the City Planning Commission and City Council is proposed for 2011.

"It is critical for community members interested in the physical development of the City of Cincinnati to actively engage in the planning process," said Graves. "The completed comprehensive plan will, in large part, be a product of those who choose to be involved. The time is right for Cincinnati to critically analyze our challenges and strengths, and establish goals that will guide the future development of our City."

The first meeting was held last Wednesday in Corryville. Future meetings will be held October 15 at 6 p.m. at the College Hill Recreation Center and October 22 at 6 p.m. at the Madisonville Recreation Center.