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Regional planners want your opinion
Written by Sarah Minges   
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:34 PM

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Government needs your input!
OKI, a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies to improve the quality of life and the economic vitality of the region, is updating its 28 issue Strategic Regional Policy Plan.

“The SRPP is a document intended to assist local governments across the region by providing guidance in the form of policy recommendations designed to address what are referred to in the plan as Strategic Regional Issues,” said Travis Miller, Ohio regional planning manager

The plan includes  information on regional trends associated with transportation, economic development, housing, public services and natural systems, he said.

Started in 2005, the plan primarily is transportation oriented, but includes environmental, housing and economic aspects of the region.

The plan from 2005 now is being reviewed to see which of the 28 issues remain relevant.

“We are hoping to get a community pulse on critical issues,” said Miller.

“As technology makes it easier to communicate and businesses make more competition, it is good to have a plan; to find trends and make better decisions.”

To involve the public, OKI has instituted a survey at wwww.howdowegrow.org.  The survey takes about five minutes.

There have been 13,000 responses in the eight counties in which OKI is involved but it is seeking more responses from Western Hamilton County.

“As we work to update the 2005 plan over the next year and a half, we are beginning with a focused look at the strategic regional issues currently identified in the plan. The current public outreach and questionnaire is designed to inform OKI on these strategic issues to ensure that the updated plan includes issues that our region deem to be the most critical to address as our region plans for the future,” said Miller.

This is the first time OKI has chosen an online survey.

“The current public outreach campaign is significant for OKI because it marks the first time we have used an online format for input and relied on social media outlets to the extent we are with this effort,” said Miller.

New day
Recognizing that hosting a public meeting and hoping residents show up is no longer the best way to get high volumes of input.

The online questionnaire, promoted through Facebook and Twitter, allows residents to participate on their own schedules, he said.

The online survey, launched in mid-October, will continue through the end of the year.

“Following the work on the strategic regional issues early next year, we anticipate the launch of a second campaign next summer to inform us on the updated policy recommendations in the plan update,” said Miller.

“This second outreach campaign will follow a similar time period as this year, so residents can expect more opportunities to provide input in the plan update next fall,” said Miller.

For more information, visit http://www.oki.org.