1. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is a strategic guide that expresses the values and aspirations of a community. It is the broadest public policy document our community can create and will set forth the long-range vision for development, housing, environment, economic development, transportation, and related topics. This document gives a universal view of the whole township, is a tool to prepare for change, and acts as both a business plan and guidebook for decision-makers.
2. Why does Deerfield Township need to update its Comprehensive Plan?
In general, planning represents good stewardship. Since the plan’s adoption in 2015 some of the plan’s initiatives are ongoing and a few have already been completed. It is great practice to review the status of a plan every five years to determine what has been implemented and respond to any shifting regional or national trends. It is also a chance to provide another level of transparency and public engagement in the planning process.
3. Why should I care?
As a citizen, business owner, or property owner in Deerfield Township, you have made an important choice to invest in this community. If you like the community just the way it is, you should care because change is always happening. If you want aspects of the community improved, you should also care enough to help identify what needs to be addressed.
4. Who will lead the planning process?
The Township staff is working closely with a planning consulting team to facilitate the public process, conduct technical work and draft the recommendations for the plan update. There is also a citizen Steering Committee who is helping to guide the process and ensure the authentic voice of the community is represented.
5. Is there a role for residents to get involved?
Yes! Township leaders are committed to an open and inclusive process. Anybody that cares about the future of Deerfield Township will be able to participate and contribute their ideas and insight.
6. Are there more public participation opportunities?
Yes! Following the What’s Next? Workshop, there will be a similar web activity on the website for anyone who was unable to attend the workshop, and those who were at the workshop will still have a chance to share further input! Later in the process, there will be an open house opportunity to attend.
7. Do I have to be an expert to contribute ideas?
You are an expert if you live or work in Deerfield Township. Who knows the community better than someone who lives or works here?
8. What is the timeline for completing the plan?
The planning process kicked off in June of 2019 and will last approximately 12 months.
9. Where can I learn more?
For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact:
Planning and Zoning Director
4900 Parkway Drive, Suite 150
Deerfield Township, OH 45040