The Swan Creek watershed was selected by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission in 2005 for a pilot project to test the use of incentives as a tool to promote balanced regional planning. The plan calls for the 23 jurisdictions in the watershed to work together voluntarily to define local needs. The technical committee has worked to define preferred priority areas for conservation, agriculture, and development. When the plan describing regional preferences is complete, and if 75% of the jurisdictions in the watershed agree with the plan, incentives will be available for communities to implement elements of the plan. The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is working with state agencies to develop the incentives that will support the plan's goals. (For more information, see Lake Erie Balanced Growth Program)
Balanced Growth Incentives
First steps involved inventory of existing uses of the land. Next, the participants developed a point system to help them weigh potential uses of other land. Areas that were weighted more heavily for priority development, for example, are those areas closer to existing roads, with access to utilities and water supply. Areas that are priorities for conservation are those undeveloped, along waterways, and/or part of the Oak Openings Region. Not all areas fell neatly into one category but all areas have been weighted and mapped accordingly.
Before the plan can be submitted to the state of Ohio for approval, priority areas must be approved by at least 75% of the political jurisdictions in the Swan Creek watershed. To gain approval throughout the watershed, the technical committee will be presenting these draft priority area maps to the jurisdictions for their feedback. In 2008, the committee completed the final draft, and asked each jurisdiction for formal endorsement. More than 75% of jurisdictions have endorsed the plan.
The creation of the draft plan has been the work of representatives throughout the Swan Creek watershed. Thanks are due to Pete Gerken, Lucas County commissioner and chair of the Swan Creek Pilot Program; Steve Brown, regional planning director for Fulton County and vice chair, and Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District.
To learn more about the planning process, to review the plan in detail, or to learn more about the public input process, please contact a staff member of TMACOG Environmental Planning:
Kari Gerwin, Water Quality Planner, TMACOG
firstname.lastname@example.org, 419.241.9155 ext. 123
Kurt Erichsen, Vice President Environmental Planning, TMACOG
email@example.com, 419.241.9155, ext. 126
Operating Procedures of Swan Creek Balanced Growth Committee
>>November 19, 2012 Meeting notes
January, 13, 2011 Agenda
For further information on previous meetings, please contact us.
>>2013 Swan Creek Balanced Growth Plan Update
Swan Creek Balanced Watershed Growth Plan
TMACOG Resolution (Draft)
Updated Jurisdiction Maps
The maps included here represent each jurisdiction in the Swan Creek Watershed. Each jurisdiction has a corresponding map and can be found by file name. The 2013 map update includes the streamside buffers corresponding to current building regulations. Waterways with a drainage area of 20 to 300 mi 2 are given a 100’ buffer on each side from centerline of the waterway. Waterways with 3 to less than 20 mi 2 are given a 40’ buffer on each side from centerline of waterway and those with less than 3 mi 2 are given a 30’ buffer on each side from centerline of waterway. The buffer areas will be included in the Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs).
Balanced Growth Plan Model Maps
Swan Creek Watershed Priority Areas map
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