Comprehensive planning can sometimes be overwhelming! We have compiled a list of common questions to help you better understand the process and its importance to Hamilton County.
What is a comprehensive plan?
A comprehensive plan is a long-range statement of a community’s vision for the future. It provides guidance for decision making related to development, preservation, and the provision of services and public facilities. It is a formal policy document that is adopted by the village but is implemented through zoning regulations, and other ordinances, laws, and actions of the village.
Why should I care?
As a citizen, business owner, or property owner in Newtown, you have made an important choice to invest in this community. If you like the community the way it is, you should care because change is always happening. If you want aspects of the community improved you should care enough to help identify what needs to be addressed. This is your best chance to have a direct say in what Newtown looks like in the future.
Why is Newtown preparing a comprehensive plan?
The village hopes to develop an updated vision and supporting recommendations that have been embraced and developed with the community’s input. By doing so, the comprehensive plan will assist in ensuring that any future priorities and decisions are made with the citizen’s vision in mind.
Who is leading the process?
The planning process is being led by a steering committee that was appointed by the Mayor as a cross section of the community. The steering committee is charged with meeting on a regular basis to guide the planning consultant (McBride Dale Clarion) in the creation of several milestone deliverables and to process and reflect on information and input provided by the broader public over the next year.
How can I be involved?
We are committed to an inclusive and open process to foster community engagement and action. There will be a series of input opportunities specifically designed for you to share your ideas and review drafts of the plan. Please follow the project here and on the village’s website for the engagement schedule, and online activities.
Do I have to be an expert to participate?
You are already an expert if you live or work in Newtown. Who knows the community better than someone who lives or works here?