Friday, December 20, 2013
11 December 2013 Dearborn County Comprehensive Plan Meeting Summary
Dearborn County Comprehensive Plan Meeting Summary, December 11th, 2013:
ATTENDEES: (Underlined members present)
Advisory Committee Members:
Al Abdon (E), Doug Baer (R), Craig Beckley, Andy Bischoff (E), Cliff Bischoff, Bill Black, Mike Clark, Archie
Crouch, Phil Darling, Jim Deaton, Guinevere Emery, Brett Fehrman, Rick Fields, Pat Hawkins (E), Jim Helms
(E), Jeff Hendrix, Roger Howard, Grant Hughes, Jennifer Hughes, Bruce Keller, Wade Kimmon, Dennis Kraus
(Sr.), Helen Kremer, Todd Listerman, Randy Maxwell (E), Chris McHenry (R), Jay McMullen, Chris Mueller,
Mark Neff, Jane Ohlmansiek (E), Rick Pope, Susan Pope (E), Terri Randall (E), Jim Red Elk, Mark Rosenberger,
Robert Sauerbrey, Kathy Scott, Bill Shelton, Jeff Stratman, Christina Swafford, Ralph Thompson, Harley & Jan
Ulmansiek, Bill Ullrich
County Commissioners: Kevin Lynch (E), Shane McHenry, (Art Little)
Mike Hall, Dennis Kraus, Jr., Art Little (E), Dan Lansing, Mike Hornbach, Russell Beiersdorfer, Mark Lehmann,
Ken Nelson, Jake Hoog (E)
Planning & Zoning Staff:
Mark McCormack, Troy Frasier, Karen Abbott
PRESENTATION & DISCUSSIONS
Mark McCormack, the Planning Director, welcomed everyone and began discussions by
presenting the feedback / input that the Advisory Committee members had submitted to County
staff for the 2 ‘homework’ questions that Mr. McCormack had emailed them in early November
(Please refer to the attached handout.) Upon reviewing these questions and preliminary
feedback, Mr. McCormack asked if there were any questions or additional input for these items
and the responses included:
What are your goals for our comprehensive plan process?
Questions / Comments from meeting:
There were no additional questions or feedback items for this question.
How / what do you envision Dearborn County will look in 20
Questions / Comments from meeting:
We need to stop the exodus of our working-age population and do what we can to bring
people back by providing more educational opportunities.
The County needs to weigh the benefits and costs of providing tax breaks for businesses
to move into the community. What are the tax implications of this practice?
The County has an annual shortfall of $6 million in its transportation budget. Without the
additional revenue, the roads in the County cannot be paved on a schedule—which is
once every 28 years. Currently, only the arterials and collectors and some significant
local roads get paved. Everything else is patching and repair work.
We need to be consistent in our vision. It is a hard balance to have “rural flavor” and
improve our infrastructure and entice development at the same time.
The language of the plan should be more about what we can do and instead of what we
can’t do. Goals and objectives need to be achievable ion the timeframe of the Plan and
must be financially feasible as well—otherwise, they aren’t very meaningful.
In the next section of this meeting, Mr. McCormack presented and discussed a draft Vision for
the Comprehensive Plan. The staff utilized feedback from the Advisory Committee from its last
meeting in October, as well as from the answers provided from the ‘homework’ exercise. The
draft Vision, at the beginning of the exercise, was:
Preliminary Vision Statement
Dearborn County is an inviting, growing community with small-town charm and hospitality,
beautiful rolling hills and waterways, unique recreational opportunities, and quick and easy
access to the heart of Cincinnati and its international airport.
In the next twenty years, Dearborn County will be recognized as a great place to live, work, and
play for people of all ages and backgrounds. We will strive to grow in a well-planned,
coordinated manner—preserving and utilizing our natural resources and agricultural assets
wisely, protecting the environment, and promoting economic diversity, innovation, and
investment. The Dearborn County community will become a hub for business expansion and
recruitment, offer quality educational opportunities, and become a premier destination in the tristate
for all types of recreational opportunities.
Upon review of the draft Vision, the Advisory Committee suggested some changes:
The word ‘play’ in the first sentence of the second statement should be changed to
something like ‘enjoy life’…It is broad a term that may not apply to all.
The Vision should reference / include residents and visitors (both).
The Vision should be applicable to multiple generations—and maybe should reference
our past, present, and future.
Our Vision should highlight our recreational opportunities more.
We don’t necessarily need to define a specific time period for the Vision.
The Vision should reference the Ohio River and our railroad linkages.
Our Vision should acknowledge that we will have, not just offer, quality educational
opportunities and a skilled, educated labor force.
We should acknowledge that we will be making an effort to protect our ‘rural’
We should reference that we want to be a healthy community.
Following the discussion of the Vision Statement, Mr. McCormack proceeded to review the
Guiding Principles of the Comprehensive Plan and asked if there were any questions, comments,
or recommendations regarding these items. Everyone in attendance seemed to be in agreement
with these items.
Mr. McCormack concluded the meeting by noting that he would be emailing the Advisory
Committee and board members with a schedule of the next couple of meetings for next year as
well as some informative materials related to the group’s next set of topics / work regarding
updating the Plan’s Elements.
The meeting ended at 8:35PM
UPDATED Vision Statement
Dearborn County is, and will continue to be, an inviting, growing community with small-town
charm and hospitality—home to remarkable rolling hills and scenic views of the Ohio River, and
diverse, year-round recreational opportunities—with quick and easy access to the heart of
Cincinnati, its international airport, and the tri-state’s unique rail and river transportation
Dearborn County will be recognized as a great place to make a career, build a home, and enjoy
life. We will strive to grow in a well-planned, coordinated manner that ensures a high quality of
life for everyone—preserving our rural heritage(s), utilizing our natural resources and
agricultural assets wisely, protecting the environment, and promoting economic diversity,
innovation, and investment. We will be a safe and healthy community with quality educational
systems and a commitment to job creation and business expansion.