Monday, June 24, 2002

Forum to address Warren sprawl

By Cindi Andrews,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The public's views on growth in Warren County will be sought at a forum Wednesday.

        The Smart Growth Coalition of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will show slides of Warren County development and lead a discussion of how to achieve the audience's goals, spokeswoman Liz Brown said.

        The Lebanon event is the first for the Smart Growth Coalition in Warren County, although it has held others in western Hamilton County and in Kentucky.

   • What: Public forum sponsored by the Smart Growth Coalition.

    • When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

    • Where: Second floor of the Old Courthouse, 300 E. Silver St., Lebanon.

        “I think it's a good step forward in trying to get people to think regionally and act regionally,” said Yana Keck, a Warren planner who plans to attend.

        The coalition hopes the forum draws farmers, anti-sprawl activists, elected officials, planners and citizens.

        “I'm hoping for a diverse group,” Ms. Brown said.

        The Smart Growth Coalition is a nonprofit group formed two years ago to educate the public on alternatives to sprawl. The Sierra Club — which is part of the coalition — has ranked Greater Cincinnati the fourth most sprawl-threatened region in the nation and called Warren's Mason and Deerfield Township the worst examples of sprawl in Ohio.


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