The comprehensive plan is a strategic guide that expresses the values and aspirations of a community. Specifically, the comp plan is used to evaluate proposed map amendments (rezoning’s) to ensure consistency with the community’s vision for future development and/or redevelopment of a specific area or site.
- Comprehensive Plans are recommendations adopted by resolution making them advisory and not regulatory.
- Zoning is an ordinance which makes it an enforceable regulatory law.
If you would like to know more about the trends and forces currently shaping the Township’s future, please review the presentation from the What’s Next? Workshop before completing the Activities.
Activity 1. Evaluating Existing Plan Goals
The existing Comprehensive Plan included eight goals, which are desired outcomes expressed in simple terms. For each goal, please rate on a scale of 1 to 5 how much you support the current goal statements, 1 being no support and 5 being full support.
Planning Focus Areas Mapping Activity
The following mapping activity is intended to allow residents to identify specific areas within Deerfield where they have opinions on the type of development or redevelopment (i.e. single-family homes, mixed-use town center development, condos, parks and open space, hotels, restaurants) that should be allowed in that area. This input will help the steering committee and consultants create specific recommendations for these areas for potential inclusion in the comprehensive plan. You can see visual representations of each development type here. You may want to keep this open in a different tab for reference as you place your dots.
Most of the Township is occupied by committed residential uses, however there are some areas in the Township that have greater potential to change from their current use. These areas include large lots currently used for agriculture or farming, single-family residential lots over 5 acres in size, and most of the areas with commercial uses (retail, restaurants, hotels, services, offices), as these uses typically have occupancy that can change frequently over five or ten years’ time.
Planning Focus Areas are identified on the map to help you identify areas that may change in the next 5-20 years so you can provide us with insight about how you would like to see these areas look if they were to change from the current use.
- Large Lot Residential is shown with an orange outline because current zoning would allow these lots to be subdivided for additional units at an average density of 3 units per acre.
- Agriculturally used land is shown with a green outline because while the current owners may be using it for agricultural purposes, it can be subdivided and used for residential development at 3 units per acre without a zone change.
- Commercially developed land or vacant commercial land is shown with a red outline because it is highly likely that some type of redevelopment, reinvestment or reuse could happen in these locations in the next 5-10 years.
Your input will be considered by the Steering Committee as we craft the recommendations for these Planning Focus Areas. The comprehensive plan is the primary guide the Zoning Commission and Board of Trustees use when considering rezoning applications. The comprehensive plan is not the zoning regulation.
Place a dot anywhere within the township boundaries and identify the type of place by using the dropdown list. Next, provide the name of the place (if applicable) and provide a description of why you placed the dot in the specific location. For example, a resident may place a dot in the area along the east side of Mason-Montgomery Road between Fields Drive and Irwin-Simpson Road with a drop-down of single-family residential and indicate it should be identified as residential single-family on the character area map (currently within overlapping character areas: Town-Center Mixed Use and Office Park). See the file linked in the sidebar for descriptions of the land uses. Locations identified for potential changes in land use are highlighted in orange, red, and green depending on their existing uses. These are the area’s most likely to change. Therefore the comprehensive plan should indicate what types of development or preservation are most appropriate in these locations.
1. To move a marker, click and hold on the marker and drag it to a new location.
2. To zoom in/out, use the + and - buttons.
3. To pan the map view, Click and drag away from the marker.
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This information will help the planning team know how participation compares to Deerfield Township’s demographics. Responses are anonymous.