Best Local Land Use Practices: New Tools for Plan and Zoning Code Review

Akron Section APA Ohio


Friday, May 16, 2014
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. EDT

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Best Practices are recommended land use and zoning provisions that local governments can implement to balance growth, manage storm water better, and improve the quality of the built environment. They go hand-in-hand with economic development efforts to attract business and residents, and community efforts to manage storm water programs, and work with developers to provide quality development. This presentation will provide information on several new tools that have been developed by the Ohio Balanced Growth Program and its partners: a checklist for review of zoning codes and development regulations; a checklist for review of your comprehensive plan; case studies illustrating implementation of recommended Best Practices; and updated/rewritten model code language for conservation development, tree and woodland protection, as well as stormwater management, off street parking, and riparian and wetland setbacks. Participants will learn of the link between site development regulations (zoning and subdivision regulations) and the economic benefits of planning/zoning Best Practices; the range of practices recommended with highlights of the issues related to the newest models for these practices; how they can use the zoning and comprehensive plan checklists to review their own codes and identify areas that need improvement; and where to go (both on the web and in person) for information, model and example code language, case studies, example projects, and technical assistance.