Public invited to BW Watershed presentation July 30 in Galena
The Village of Galena invites local residents and government representatives to attend a presentation by David Rutter, from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, at the Village’s July 30 Council meeting at 7 p.m. Rutter will present the Big Walnut Watershed Planning Partnership’s recommendations.
Community representatives and stakeholders in the Big Walnut Creek Watershed worked together in a voluntary effort to address the interrelated issues of water quality and economic competitiveness. A major feature of the resulting Big Walnut Balanced Growth Plan is the identification of the following priority areas:
• Priority Conservation Areas — Areas which are most critical for protection;
• Priority Development Areas — Areas which are particularly well-suited to development or redevelopment; and,
• Priority Agricultural Areas — Areas which are targeted for continued or expanded agricultural activities.
In addition to the priority area maps, the Big Walnut Balanced Growth Plan also includes an implementation toolbox containing information and resources for communities that choose to implement components of the plan.
The next step in the process is for jurisdictions in the planning area to pass resolutions of support for the plan. MORPC will then submit the plan to the state for endorsement. The state offers special incentives for communities included in the endorsed Balanced Growth Plans. These incentives can include extra points on grant applications, low-interest loans and more. Currently, there are 28 state programs that include special consideration for communities participating in Balanced Growth.
At its July meeting, Galena’s Village Council will hold a third reading on a resolution of support for the Big Walnut Watershed Planning Partnership’s Balanced Growth Plan.