Comprehensive Plan Update 2021

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We thank everyone who submitted feedback for the Comprehensive Plan Draft! The Final Draft of the Comprehensive Plan includes necessary changes that were made based on the comments received and additional review by City staff.

NEXT STEPS:

1. At the regular Planning Commission meeting held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the Commission voted to table the Comprehensive Plan for 2 months pending additional public outreach. The Planning Commission will review the Comprehensive Plan again at their regular meeting on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. The Planning Commission’s recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for final review and decision. 

*a mapping error on the Final Draft 11.23.21 was discovered and updated on 12.7.21. The updated version is posted below.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OVERVIEW:

The Comprehensive Plan is an aspirational guidebook that includes input from the steering committee, City staff, Planning Commission, and City Council and Middletown’s citizens and stakeholders. The plan will provide a road map for enhancing the cultural and economic vitality of our community through strong public-private partnerships and community leadership. Middletown prides itself on having a diverse community and rich history. It is important that as Middletown continues to evolve and develop that there is a focus on the health and safety of our community. The City of Middletown is committed to hands-on economic development policies that promote the city’s locational benefits, amenities, and resources along with business-friendly policies such as creating a one-stop-shop in order to streamline the development approval process. The comprehensive plan used different forms of public engagement and reflects the ideas, values, and desires of the community, aligning these with a range of plans, policies, and initiatives in place or underway in both Middletown and the wider region.

Once approved, the Comprehensive Plan will help guide both day-to-day decision-making, short-term actions, and longer-term initiatives and strategies to achieve the community’s vision. The comprehensive plan will serve as a tool to help guide the community toward its desired outcomes. However, it is intended to be a living document, meaning it will be updated and amended as needed to reflect progress made, changing conditions in Middletown and the region, and the evolving needs of the community.

This updated plan serves as a reinvigorated foundation for the city, establishing a comprehensive vision for the future, refreshed land use recommendations, and both general and specific implementation recommendations to guide the city moving forward.

Questions or Comments? Please email Tina Blevins at tinab@cityofmiddletown.org or 513-425-7950.

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