Comprehensive Plan

The first City of Middletown Master Plan was adopted in 1965, substantially updated in 1977, and partially updated in 1997 to plan for new growth on the city’s east side. Many of the recommendations found in the 1965 Master Plan and the 1997 update have been implemented. This fact coupled with new community conditions, expectations, and challenges underscored the need to prepare the 2005 Master Plan for the city.

The 2005 Master Plan established a single, community-wide plan that considered many of the recommendations set forth in previous planning efforts. The 2005 plan has served the city well and has been used to guide planning, fiscal, and other governmental decisions. Numerous departments have used the master plan as groundwork for submitting and receiving grants and other funding sources that have contributed to the implementation of the plan.

The 2021 Comprehensive Plan provides a road map for the city as it continues to grow and evolve. 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.

Moving forward, 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.

The Middletown City Planning Commission voted to recommend the adoption of the 2022 Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. The City Council reviewed the Comprehensive Plan for adoption as a public hearing at their regular meeting held on April 5, 2022. The City Council formally voted to adopt the Comprehensive Plan at their meeting held on April 19, 2022. The Comprehensive Plan became effective on Friday, May 20, 2022. The City thanks everyone who submitted feedback for the Comprehensive Plan.

Please contact the Development Services Department (513-425-7950) for previous draft documents or additional information regarding the Comprehensive Plan.

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