A Comprehensive Plan… Focuses on the whole community: Blueprint for community’s physical future Provides long-term guidance for the community (e.g. helps determine local infrastructure deficiencies & future needs) Helps guide short-term community decisions. Provides for more defensible zoning & subdivision decisions Helps avoid lawsuits by providing a basis for zoning Provides for timing and location of development or redevelopment Land is scarce resource Planning for infrastructure
Relationship of plans across different geographic scales
The Planning Process Inventory/ Data Collection Data Analysis Draft Plan Final Plan Public Input Community Survey (May-June 2013) 3 Public Meetings Time frame: 23 months
Comprehensive Plan Elements Introduction Background & Context Development History Administration Physical Characteristics Population & Demographics Housing Characteristics Economic Characteristics Transportation Water & Waste Water Facilities Community Facilities Parks & Recreation Public School System Library Cemetery Public Safety Services (Police, Fire & EMS) Existing & Future Land Use Plan Implementation Goals, Policies & Objectives Zoning Review & Recommendations Intergovernmental Coordination Monitoring & Evaluation
Vital Statistics of 80-Acre Parcel Parcel #s: 46-903724 & 46-904011 Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF CHAMPION TOWNSHIP Address: STATE ROUTE 45 Land Use: 100 - AGRICULTURAL VACANT LAND Acreage: 81.74 (80.89 +.85) Frontage: approx. 391’ Maximum Depth: approx. 4,000’
2001 Champion Township Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use map shows parcel as open space Consideration given to constructing or leasing facility for Township Hall use (current location could be used by police and road departments) Policies: Opportunities to expand or enhance recreation, education or other cultural resources in the community should be encouraged whenever possible to take advantage of existing and potential facilities Wetlands, flood plains, and other ecologically sensitive areas will be preserved in their natural state as open space to the fullest extent possible to avoid environmental degradation
2001 Champion Township Comprehensive Plan Goals: To protect ecologically sensitive areas, including wetlands, flood plains and other areas that should be preserved from development. To retain some open spaces to provide aesthetically pleasing vistas and surroundings for the community’s citizens.
2001 Champion Township Comprehensive Plan Objectives: To protect ecologically sensitive areas from intensive development, through zoning and other measures (i.e. CAUV Program, Transfer of Development Rights, Riparian Zones). To encourage the public ownership of some wetlands, flood plains and streamside forests to prevent development in these sensitive areas and provide passive or active recreation facilities or public open spaces for community residents.
2001 Champion Township Comprehensive Plan Recommendations: Development in wetland areas of the township should be discouraged in favor of more suitable sites that will not endanger any plant or animal species. Preservation of riparian zones or “streamside forests” should be encouraged to reduce erosion and water pollution and to protect natural habitat for local fish and wildlife. Flood plain areas should not be developed in order to alleviate worse flooding problems associated with obstacles in the flood plains during heavy rainfalls and to prevent problems such as basement flooding or other property damage. The township should also consider the use of some acreage not suitable for developed land uses (due to flood plains and wetlands) as public open space areas like local parks or nature preserves.
2010 Western Trumbull County Comprehensive Plan Goals (10): Create and/or preserve unique community centers or community focal points – places of concentrated community identity – whether building on traditional downtowns, historic rural centers, historical features, or civic facilities. Provide the full range of supporting facilities and services (i.e. civic, institutional, recreational, job training …). Maximize the preservation of the rural environment in order to: Protect natural areas; etc.
2010 Western Trumbull County Comprehensive Plan Create unique community center around H.S. that includes civic/ public uses and connections to Western Reserve Greenway bike trail
Community Survey Distribution via website, community locations and Township Trustee outreach Response via online or mail-in Administered in May & June of 2013 93 surveys completed Two questions directly related to the 80-acre parcel
Top Choices from Survey Question 7b. 1. Park/ playground Pavilions Athletic Fields Tennis Courts Pool Running/ Walking Path Splash Park 2. Community Center 3. (tie) Township Hall/Farmers Market 4. (tie) Recycling Center/ Police/ Fire
Top Choices from Survey 5. (tie) Access to Trail/Cemetery 6. (tie) School/Ampitheater 7. Other
‘You Make the Decision’ exercise Public meeting held in December 2013 Helps set priorities in comp. plan (top 4 responses): Recreation/Open Space/Cultural Activities Business/Commercial/Economic Development Transportation Infrastructure Other important issues to consider (open-ended): Town Hall Walking Trail Museum
Water & Waste Water Facilities 3,450 Acres/21 % Sanitary Sewer Service Area 44 miles of sanitary sewer 3.2 miles - Sanitary Sewer constructed since 2001 Six private developments Four County Projects: State Rd. Extension; Champion East Extension; TCTC Extensions 80-acre parcel has sewer access
Water & Waste Water Facilities 3,300 Acres/20 % Water Service Area 40.3 miles of water line 3.19 miles – Water Line constructed since 2001 500,000 gal. Water Tower constructed in 2005 80-acre parcel has water access
Agricultural Land Use Category AuditorActual Land Use/Coverage Total Productive Farm Lands Meadows/ Pastures WoodlandsResidential General Farmland5,5791,4484163,226489 Classified Forest384-0- 384-0- Agricultural Vacant3,4006753492,35620 Total9,3632,1237655,966509 Existing Land Coverage
Prime Farmlands Prime Farmland: 409Acres (27%) Prime Farmland where drained: 6,778 Acres (59%) Non-Prime Farmland: 9,436 Acres (14%) Total: 16,731 Acres
Additional Recent Engagement Police Chief Not ideal sharing space with road dept. Open to moving Fire Chief Need for updated facility Open to moving to more strategic location Road Superintendent Need bigger garage Keep slag piles out of site Open to moving
Additional Recent Engagement Cemetery Current property is adequate into the future More people being cremated Champion Local School District Will need to rebuild or renovate elementary, jr. high and high school in near future Interested in 80-acre parcel for K-12 campus design
Will Jim Tressel make a good president at YSU? A. Yes B. No C. Not Sure
How would you describe your connection to Champion Township? A. Resident B. Only work in township C. None of the above
TCPC Contact Information Anthony Kobak, Planner III Trumbull County Planning Commission 347 N. Park Ave. Warren, OH 44481 330-675-2480 (f) 330-675-2790 firstname.lastname@example.org www.planning.co.trumbull.oh.us