Vibrant NEO 2040 Public Vision Sessions

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This presentation discusses what the Vibrant NEO 2040 project is, what has happened so far, where we are today in its creation, and what the proposed vision for the Northeast Ohio region is-- drawing …

This presentation discusses what the Vibrant NEO 2040 project is, what has happened so far, where we are today in its creation, and what the proposed vision for the Northeast Ohio region is-- drawing on input from citizens over the course of the last 6 months.

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  • 1. Public Vision Sessions October 7 – October 17, 2013
  • 2. Topics What is Vibrant NEO 2040? What has happened so far? Where are we today? What is the Proposed Regional Vision? Q&A
  • 3. WHAT IS VIBRANT NEO 2040?
  • 4. What is Vibrant NEO 2040? A regional visioning and decision-making framework for Northeast Ohio Creating a more vibrant, resilient, and sustainable region
  • 5. • Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) Regional, county, and local government Non-profit and private sector • Supported by team of local and national experts • Northeast Ohio residents—all of you! Who is Vibrant NEO 2040?
  • 6. A Year of Learning LEARN ACT Build Capacity 2013 Beyond
  • 7. WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?
  • 8. Technical Workstream Areas STRONG ECONOMIC BASE Community-Focused Economic Development Strategies COMMUNITIES Equitable Housing Access and Quality ENVIRONMENTS Built Environment and Natural Systems CONNECTIONS Regional Mobility and Transit Options QUALITY CONNECTED PLACES Place Based Community Design and Integrated Capital Investment Strategies ENGAGEMENT DATA/GIS
  • 9. cat.neoscc.org NEO Conditions and Trends Platform • 31 Findings organized under 5 Themes • Developed by NEOSCC’s 5 Workstreams
  • 10. Vibrant NEO 2040 Implementation Products DASHBOARD Measuring progress and inspiring us toward our goals. TOOL KIT & BEST PRACTICES Implementing and sustaining the vision across the region. POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Supporting and advancing our vision and goals. PILOT PROGRAMS Proving and highlighting our vision and goals. Four action products to turn our vision into reality
  • 11. “Where are we headed currently?” “What are the possibilities?” “Where do we want to go?” Open Houses July 29 – Aug 2 August - DecemberMay - JulyJanuary - April The Scenario Planning Process Vision Sessions Oct 7 – Oct 17 aWorkshops April 30 – May 1 Regional Vision Initiation and “Trend” Scenario Alternative Scenarios
  • 12. BASED ON EXISTING TRENDS 2040
  • 13. WHERE ARE WE TODAY?
  • 14. Vision Development Schedule Proposed Regional Vision September October November Public Review Final Regional Vision We are here! The vision shown today is a draft We need your feedback!
  • 15. Vibrant NEO 2040: A Vision & Framework for Our Future Data Vibrant NEO 2040 Material Outputs Work Products Software • History • Current Conditions • Trends • Scenarios • Vision, Recommendations, and Guidelines
  • 16. WHAT IS THE PROPOSED REGIONAL VISION?
  • 17. What is the Regional Vision? • An aspirational future for Northeast Ohio, built upon public engagement, and accompanied by a set of recommendations and tools to help make it a reality • Vision elements: • Objectives • Maps • Indicators and targets • Recommendations
  • 18. How did we make the vision? Objective Findings Values Regional Vision • Workstreams • Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (Regional AI) & Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) • Conditions & Trends • Scenarios • Statistically Valid Surveys • Workshops • ImagineMyNEO • Open Houses • On-going Outreach
  • 19. OBJECTIVES
  • 20. Vision Objectives Overarching theme: promote investment in our established communities
  • 21. Vision ObjectivesVision Objectives Protect our soil, water, air, and ecologically sensitive areas
  • 22. Improve our regional fiscal health Vision Objectives
  • 23. Develop our regional economy with accessible employment opportunities Vision Objectives
  • 24. Enhance our regional transportation network Vision Objectives
  • 25. Cultivate and celebrate our local assets and places of public value Vision Objectives
  • 26. Expand our parks and open space network Vision Objectives
  • 27. Preserve our prime farmland Vision Objectives
  • 28. Where are we currently heading as a region? • Increasing abandonment in urban areas • New dispersed development at edges of metro areas on land that is currently agricultural or undeveloped • Increasing distance between people and jobs • Limited transportation options other than personal vehicles
  • 29. Where are we currently heading as a region?
  • 30. Where do we want to be in 2040? • Strengthen established communities • Diversity of neighborhoods and place types • Diversity of transportation options • Reinvest in legacy cities and established towns and villages • Preserve agriculture and natural character of rural landscapes
  • 31. 3 Themes
  • 32. Strengthen Established Communities
  • 33. Current Trend: Outward Migration Results: • Increasing abandonment risk • Mounting infrastructure costs • Rising transportation costs, increased distances, fewer transportation options (other than car)
  • 34. Current trends will result in declining fiscal health across the region -0.3%
  • 35. Public Feedback Polling Question: We should invest in existing communities to create new jobs and housing Outward vs Inward Development Dispersed vs Compact Development
  • 36. Community Categorization by Growth Patterns Legacy Cities (Pre 1910) Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Warren, Youngstown 1st Ring Suburbs (1910-1959) Cleveland Heights, Wickliffe, Sheffield, Parma, Mogadore, East Canton, Howland, etc. 2nd Ring Suburbs (1950-1969) Orange, Eastlake, Norton, Fairlawn, Boardman, Liberty, North Olmstead, etc. Outer Ring Suburbs (1970-present) Bainbridge, Avon, Westlake, Twinsburgh, Bazetta, etc. Established Cities & Towns (varies) Medina, Painesville, Ravenna, Wooster, Niles, Ashtabula, Kent, Oberlin, etc. Rural Townships (varies) Parkman, Wellington, Westfield, Hiram, Wyndham, Saybrook, Jackson, Gustavus
  • 37. Place Types City
  • 38. Community Categorization by Growth Patterns Legacy Cities (Pre 1910) Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Warren, Youngstown 1st Ring Suburbs (1910-1959) Cleveland Heights, Wickliffe, Sheffield, Parma, Mogadore, East Canton, Howland, etc. 2nd Ring Suburbs (1950-1969) Orange, Eastlake, Norton, Fairlawn, Boardman, Liberty, North Olmsted, etc. Outer Ring Suburbs (1970-present) Bainbridge, Avon, Westlake, Twinsburgh, Bazetta, etc. Established Cities & Towns (varies) Medina, Painesville, Ravenna, Wooster, Niles, Ashtabula, Kent, Oberlin, etc. Rural Townships (varies) Parkman, Wellington, Westfield, Hiram, Wyndham, Saybrook, Jackson, Gustavus 95% 91% 86%
  • 39. Workshop Map Activity Public Feedback
  • 40. Local Examples
  • 41. 2040: A Diversity of Strong Communities • Encourage infill and reinvestment in Legacy Cities and existing towns and villages • Customize strategies based on local challenges • Expand compact housing options • Provide a range of housing types, but account for the long-term costs of building and maintaining them
  • 42. HOW DO WE GET THERE? Sample Recommendations • Promote infill development in established cities and towns • Develop a robust network of regional centers connected by multimodal corridors • Maximize investment in existing roads before building new ones 2040: A Diversity of Strong Communities
  • 43. 2040: Strategic Nodes
  • 44. Sample Recommendation: Coordinate regionally on remediation, preparation, and marketing of industrial sites 2040: A Diversity of Strong Communities HOW DO WE GET THERE?
  • 45. Increase Transportation Choice
  • 46. Current Trends Outward migration + dispersed development results in increased distance between people, jobs, and other destinations Of NEO residents spend >25% of their income on transportation (15% is considered affordable) In average daily vehicle miles traveled per capita since 1990 Sources: Costs: H+T Affordability Index - http://htaindex.cnt.org/map/ VMT: Ohio Department of Transportation, Division of Planning, Office of Technical Services. (1990-2011). Daily vehicle miles traveled reports (http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/TechServ/TIM/Pages/DVMT.aspx People are spending more money on transportation . . . . . . and more time in their cars Meanwhile, the density of new dispersed development is too low to support public transit service, increasing reliance on cars
  • 47. Public Feedback Ideal Community Character ResultsTransportation Investment
  • 48. Local Example
  • 49. • Expand public transit network • Improve coordination between transit investments and land use • Focus major developments around transit nodes • Provide for all modes: vehicles, public transit, walking, and bicycling 2040: Connected Communities
  • 50. HOW DO WE GET THERE? Expanded Public Transit Network 2040: Connected Communities
  • 51. HOW DO WE GET THERE? Expanded Public Transit Network 2040: Connected Communities
  • 52. Sample Recommendations • Enhance and integrate regional public transit services • Make walking, biking, and transit better and more accessible mobility choices • Develop a robust network of regional centers connected by multimodal corridors 2040: Connected Communities HOW DO WE GET THERE?
  • 53. Preserve and protect natural resources
  • 54. Open space conservation has been increasing in the region . . .
  • 55. Dispersed development away from existing communities creates significant impacts on water quality and valued rural landscapes 29% of Ohio’s principal streams and large rivers are impaired for aquatic life* *http://www.epa.ohio.go v/portals/35/tmdl/2010Int Report/Section_B.pdf
  • 56. Public Feedback Environmental Regulations ImagineMyNEO Priorities
  • 57. Local Examples
  • 58. 2040: Robust Open Space Networks • Expand existing open space network: • Large protected areas • Riparian corridors • Scattered conservation & neighborhood parks • Greenway network links communities, park resources, and Lake Erie
  • 59. Sample Recommendations • Develop a regional approach to knowledge sharing, coordination, and action on water and soil resources • Introduce ecological functions to vacant and underutilized urban land as well as public land where such treatments are effective and appropriate • Partner with individual landowners and organizations to secure ecologically and agriculturally valuable land for future use 2040: Robust Open Space Networks HOW DO WE GET THERE?
  • 60. Vibrant NEO 2040: Proposed Regional Vision
  • 61. How will your feedback be incorporated? • Gauge of overall support…critical for regional leadership buy-in • Revise objectives and recommendations • Fill in potential gaps • New connections with individuals and organizations
  • 62. “Where are we headed currently?” “What are the possibilities?” “Where do we want to go?” Open Houses July 29 – Aug 2 August - DecemberMay - JulyJanuary - April The Scenario Planning Process Vision Sessions Oct 7 – Oct 17 aWorkshops April 30 – May 1 Regional Vision Initiation and “Trend” Scenario Alternative Scenarios Vision, Framework and Products Presentation MPO/COGS 12/2 – 12/12 NEOSCC Board Mtg 12/17
  • 63. THANK YOU!