Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Planning summit to tackle sprawl

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Sprawl is likely to be a top issue Thursday when planners, elected officials and business leaders from across Warren County pack into one room for the inaugural Warren County planning summit.

        “It'll be some philosophizing on which way they want the county to head and changing the regulations so it can head that direction,” said Richard Renneker, the county's water and sewer director and chairman of the Regional Planning Commission.

        Other likely topics:

        • Infrastructure, including roads, storm-water management and aquifer protection.

        • Building and zoning, including residential lot sizes and parkland.

        • Development, including farmland preservation and commercial and industrial construction.

        • Legislative issues, including annexation rules and impact fees on construction.

        Planning Director Bob Craig said the first meeting — to be held at the county administration building on Justice Drive — will be largely to set up a framework for an continuing effort.

        “What do we want to get out of this and what process do we want to follow?” he said. “It's pretty open-ended.”

        Lebanon Planning Director Marty Kohler said he would like to see the county get input from residents and use it to develop a formal comprehensive plan such as one the city is completing.

        “I can specifically cite Lebanon's goals and objectives after going through the process,” Mr. Kohler said. “We have a fairly good blueprint of where we want to go.”

        The regular monthly meeting of the Regional Planning Commission, of which Mr. Kohler is a member, “tends to be on the day-to-day development and not the long-term strategy,” he said.

        In addition to planners, the summit will include the Warren County commissioners, the Area Progress Council and local home builders associations.


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