The City of Sidney has partnered with The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture’s City and Regional Planning Program to update the Sidney Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan intended to guide growth and development of a community or region. It includes analysis of the community and recommendations for future actions. The Sidney plan was last updated in January 2017.
The updated Sidney Comprehensive Plan (The Plan) will be a refurbished document that will outline the community’s vision as well as provide for potential changes in several areas such as community services and facilities, housing, economic development, land use, and infrastructure. The Plan will be used to help update and inform officials and the Planning Commission and leadership team to evaluate current and potential future changes to make improvement decisions. It will be accessible to all to inform or help neighborhood groups, developers to help build, and brand or revitalize neighborhood sectors.
The group will soon be seeking public comment on the project. The plan will involve multiple levels of public input and will allow for greater investment and innovation within the City of Sidney. These will include:
- Online surveys being shared via social media, news networks, in person outreach, etc.
- Focus-group meetings with residents, community leaders, organizers and businesses
The update team consists of eight OSU undergraduate students in City and Regional Planning, Professor Chad Gibson and his experience as the Community Development Director for the City of Upper Arlington and key members of Sidney city staff.
This partnership allows the city to update its Comprehensive Plan at a fraction of the cost and provides the students with valuable experience.