The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking State endorsement of the Olentangy Balanced Growth Plan, thanks to overwhelming support from communities in the watershed planning partnership. Balanced Growth Planning is a MORPC facilitated initiative that provides communities with the opportunity to prioritize areas for directed development and areas to conserve at the regional level.
To be eligible for endorsement by the Ohio Water Resources Council, the Plan needed to be adopted by at least 75 percent of the participating Olentangy Watershed communities. In addition, at least 75 percent of the total watershed planning area population and land area must be represented by the endorsing communities. As of February 21, 2012, 25 of the 27 participating communities (93%) have passed resolutions of support for the Olentangy Balanced Growth Plan. The 25 supporting communities also represent almost 100 percent of the population and 97percent of the land area in the watershed. MORPC will meet with the State Assistance Working Group in March to present the plan for state endorsement.