Help balance growth along Middle East Fork

July 29th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

Clermont County citizens are invited to attend the first in a series of public meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 10 to learn about the goals and objectives of the Middle East Fork Balanced Growth Initiative. 

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Batavia Township Administration Building, located at 1535 Clough Pike and will include presentations and opportunities for citizen feedback.

“Population in the Middle East Fork watershed has increased 75 percent since 1990 and it is important to ensure that plans are in place to protect our watershed by identifying areas for potential growth and economic development while protecting water resources,” said Becky McClatchey with the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District.

"We recognize the importance of water resources when it comes to community growth and the overall quality of life in Clermont County," said Assistant County Administrator Scot Lahrmer.  "This initiative is an opportunity to incorporate balanced growth planning principles into existing community land use plans.  We want to develop a balanced growth initiative that has input from citizens, businesses, communities, developers, and local government."

McClatchey and Lahrmer say that the voluntary balanced growth initiative has a lot of preliminary support from townships and villages that have been involved in the early stages of the process.  Additional public meetings have been set for Oct. 28 and Dec. 8, both at 6 p.m., at the Batavia Township Administration Building.

"There are some landowners who will have property that is considered priority development, priority agricultural and priority conservation," said McClatchey.  "That means that the property could have a stream or wetland, along with farmland, and perhaps flat acreage with good drainage that could be considered a potential development site."

McClatchey hopes that the Watershed Planning Partnership group can begin identifying and mapping out area's along the watershed for potential growth and conservation areas by December 2010, and develop a final version of the Balanced Growth plan by December 2011.

For more information about the Middle East Fork Balanced Growth Initiative visit the Web site www.clermontswcd.org.
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