Ad Hoc Steering Committee Members Needed!
Would you like to be part of the visioning process for the future of Sycamore Township land uses?
Land Use Steering Committee
Are you a dynamic and positive person who has an interest in how your community will be developed? Have you worked as an architect, engineer, urban planner, surveyor, real estate agent, broker or attorney with experience in land use or development? If so, we need your help in shaping our community as a member of the Land Use Steering Committee.
The Land Use Steering Committee (LUSC) will serve as an advisory body on matters of land use within Sycamore Township. The goal of the committee is to engage in public dialog and discussion on matters of land use as they relate to Sycamore Township. It will not be the LUSC’s charge to review, comment on, or create site plans for individual sites. The LUSC will be a standing Township committee whose membership will be determined by the Board of Township Trustees. Committee members will serve at the sole pleasure of the Board of Trustees and may be removed by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees at any time for any reason.
All members of the LUSC must meet the qualifications below and be a resident of Sycamore Township for the duration of their term, except as noted below. Should a member change residence status to reside outside Sycamore Township, even on a temporary basis, that member will be removed from the committee. The Board of Trustees may appoint members of the LUSC at their sole discretion.
The committee will serve an advisory role with all recommendations being non-binding. All meetings are open to the public and all public hearings will follow standard notification procedures.
The committee’s goal will be to assist in the finalization of the land use / comprehensive plan. The committee may hold public meetings, hearings, and open houses. Township staff will direct any meetings and open houses as necessary. A draft of the plan will be presented to the Sycamore Township Zoning Commission to begin the final adoption stage.
Qualifications to be considered for the committee:
– A design professional, such as an architect, engineer, urban planner or surveyor with at least 10 years’ experience.
– A real estate agent or broker, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in both residential and commercial real estate.
-An attorney who has practiced in land use, land contracts, surveys or legal descriptions.
-A Sycamore Township Resident, business owner or business representative
-The ability to understand and comprehend the Township Zoning Resolution, current land use map, zoning statutes as set forth by the Ohio Revised Code and any existing plan or study on file with the Township.
-The ability to make recommendations with no bias or personal agenda, willingness to work together as a team for the betterment of our whole community with an open mind and the ability to engage in dialog in a non-confrontational manner.
Required Items to be considered as a Committee member:
-Letter of intent stating why you have an interest in this committee
-List of professional qualifications along with experience in those fields
Optional Items to assist in determining membership
-3 Professional references
-3 Personal references
Submit requested information to:
Sycamore Township Planning and Zoning Department
8540 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
Attention: Harry L. Holbert Jr., Planning and Zoning Administrator
Established in 1803, Sycamore Township has long enjoyed its position as a rural preserve at the edge of an ever-growing metropolis. However, explosive growth in recent years has transformed Sycamore Township’s rural character to that of an “edge city.” The Township is home to over 23,000 residents and boasts over 2 million square feet of retail space (more than in all of Downtown Cincinnati) and over 750,000 square feet of office space. The Township Trustees and the Township Planning and Zoning Commission, realizing both the benefits and costs of such dramatic growth, understood that the Township needed a Land Use Plan to guide future growth and development. Such a plan would enable Sycamore Township to maintain and increase the quality of life that those who live and work there currently enjoy. The Township Trustees established a three-fold strategy as the basis for the formulation of their vision for the Township:
- Support and protect the residential neighborhoods
- Encourage private enterprise and job growth within clearly defined areas and;
- Provide necessary infrastructure improvements, land use controls and funding for implementation.
The first planning efforts by the Township were focused on the Montgomery Road Corridor between Silverton and the northern Hamilton County boundary line. The Montgomery Road corridor Land Use Plan was adopted in 1985. In June 1986, the Township Trustees hired a planning consultant to develop a Land Use Plan for the Northern Sycamore township area, realizing that the large amount of prime, undeveloped land were ripe for development in the near future. The “Northern Sycamore Township Focus Area Land Use/Zoning Plan” was the first Land Use Plan developed and adopted by the Township Trustees to attempt to control growth in the Township. It was also the first document in a line of several subsequent Land Use Plans developed and adopted by the Trustees established to manage growth in the entire Township. This document, the “Sycamore Township Coordinated Land Use Plan” combines three Land Use Plans, developed and adopted over the course of the last five years, into one cohesive planning policy document. This document contains the following Land Use Planning Documents reviewed, adopted and endorsed by the Township Trustees:
- The Sycamore Center Land Use Plan – adopted in April 1993
- The Northern Sycamore Township Land Use Plan – adopted in April 1995
- The South Sycamore Land Use Plan – adopted in 1996
- The Montgomery Road Corridor Land Use Plan – adopted in 1985
The aforementioned plans were developed by the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission and Sycamore Township in conjunction with Edwards and Kelcey (formally Pflum, Klausmeier & Gehrum Consultants, Inc. – PKG). It is imperative that any planning process in a community with well established institutions and lifelong residents evolve so that the Plan has a strong sense of local ownership. The challenge for PKG was not to prepare a plan “for” the Township, but rather to facilitate a process whereby the Township plans for itself. The planning process used to develop each Land Use Plan and ultimately this document, was that of Steering comprised of residents, community leaders, members of the Township Planning and Zoning Commission, township Trustees and representatives from the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission. The Steering committees worked with PKG to become the driving force behind the ideas, goals, policies and recommendations of these plans. Each committee met on a monthly basis to develop and refine issues to be included in each of the plans included in the Sycamore Township Coordinated Land Use Plan. Each of the Steering Committee meetings were open to the public in order to receive feedback and ideas from the citizens of Sycamore Township. Furthermore, several as hoc committees were formed in order to address specific neighborhood concerns. Examples include the Montgomery Road/Moeller High School area, Holiday Acres Neighborhood Association (HANA), and the East Kemper Road Residents Group.This document also recognized the land use studies researched and developed by the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission in an effort to manage and control growth and redevelopment occurring along the major arterial traversing through Sycamore Township Section 4 of the Sycamore Township Land Use Plan includes those sections of the Montgomery Road Corridor Land Use Plan developed and adopted in 1985, and updated by the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission in January 1994 that related to South Sycamore Township. Although the Montgomery Road Corridor Land Use Plan is not an official part of Sycamore Township Coordinated Land Use Plan during the adoption of this document in 1996, the Township will revisit the land use planning document in five years to determine the applicability and validity of the Coordinated Land Use Plan and the potential inclusion of the Montgomery Road Corridor Land Use Plan.
The Sycamore Township Land Use Plan is the combination of the results of the public input process and the research and evaluation process of the Township and its planning consultant. This document represents the intentional efforts and desires of the Township to control the location, type and quality of development and redevelopment in relation to the ability of the township to provide the necessary infrastructure, in a fiscally sound and responsive manner, while preserving the quality of life that makes Sycamore Township attractive to residents and business owners alike.
For a complete review of the Sycamore Township Land Use Plan, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department for a copy or download for no cost below.
In addition, if you would like to become part of the public input for the Sycamore Township Land Use Plan please feel free to contact us at 513.792.7250.