Saving the Great Lakes from Sprawl: Balanced Growth Ohio

In the name of protecting water quality in Lake Erie and the state’s streams, the State of Ohio has developed a voluntary, incentive-based program for sustainable development.

Beautiful Lake Erie

Beautiful Lake Erie

It’s full of really good stuff, for example:

  • Identify priority development and conservation areas.
  • Offer incentives like density bonuses, streamlined review processes, and design flexibility for development in priority areas.
  • Evaluate existing zoning codes, review processes, and regulations for disincentives to desirable development practices, and set policy for correcting the disincentives.
  • Establish regulations that prohibit construction in the wetland and riparian setback area.
  • Encourage compact neighborhood development, historic preservation and infill development.

Someone I trust recently told me that the way to approach regionalism is through the lens of water quality. He said economic and tax sharing appeals were failing.

It’s good to see the state of Ohio is cognizant of these issues.

Here’s more on the program from Green City Blue Lake.



Filed under Headline, the environment, Urban Planning

4 responses to “Saving the Great Lakes from Sprawl: Balanced Growth Ohio

  1. Special K

    Yeah Great Lakes! They are truly our region’s greatest resource, in my opinion.

  2. Special K

    And while we are talking about Ohio and the Great Lakes, I have been meaning to write something about this story for awhile:

    “Ohio’s greatest potential for creating wind energy is offshore in Lake Erie, and this partnership marks a significant step forward,” said Gov. Ted Strickland. “In Ohio we have all the right assets to make offshore wind energy successful, including an innovative workforce and the manufacturing strengths that would allow us to build all the component parts for wind turbines.”

  3. Claudia

    Great news! I truly believe the great lakes will be key to our economic revival. It just might take a few decades.

  4. Pittsburgh still wants tall ships on the Allegheny. Somehow, ithink it won’t work.

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