Open house set for county’s comprehensive land use plan

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(Posted Nov. 7, 2019)

The Madison County Comprehensive Land Use Plan open house is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Madison County Engineer’s conference room, 825 U.S. Rte. 42 NE, London. This is an opportunity for the public to review land use maps, become familiar with the proposed land use plan, and provide comments.

Madison County uses a comprehensive plan, which describes the visions and goals of the county, for managing growth. The plan is used to produce a land use map of the development pattern the county wants to achieve over the next 20 years.

The plan is a basis for making decisions on zoning requests and subdivision proposals. It provides the justification and rationale for subdivision and zoning regulations. Developers use it for guidance regarding locations for different types of development.

The plan is revised every five to seven years to ensure that it is addressing the goals and objectives for the citizens of Madison County. The two central questions in the review process are: (1) How have things changed since the last time the plan was updated? (2) Given the current situation, what changes do we need to make in order to realize our vision for the future?

To help answer these questions, the county commissioners formed an advisory committee made up of representatives from township, city and county governments, farm organizations, the chamber of commerce, public health, schools, OSU Extension, and the Soil and Water Conservation District.

The advisory committee asked township trustees to review the plan and recommend changes to the land use map within their townships. They also conducted a public opinion survey which was mailed randomly to 1,000 county residents.

At the open house, the proposed Comprehensive Land Use Plan maps will be on display. Attendees can ask questions and give comments about the maps that affect them. Hard copies of the proposed plan will be available to read.  The plan also is available for download at Madison County Comprehensive Land Use Plan – Draft.

For more information, contact Julia Cumming, program administrator for the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, at (740) 852-4004 or julia.cumming@oh.nacdnet.net.

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