WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Drawing a new roadmap for the City of Warren will now be a task for the Trumbull County Planning Commission, and government leaders say it is long overdue.
The city’s partnership with the Trumbull County Planning Commission was announced Wednesday. The commission will produce a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which includes maps, charts and text that analyze trends and make recommendations for the growth and development of the community.
“This will provide the city a refreshed blueprint for potential development for years to come,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa.
The City of Warren’s last plan was completed back in 1960, and comprehensive plans are supposed to be updated every 20 years. City leaders say the partnership with the county is a bargain, as the plan will be completed for just under $100,000.
“A fraction of the cost of a private consultant, quite frankly,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.
The new comprehensive plan is in addition to the city’s current strategic plan. The comprehensive plan will include everything from recommendations for zoning, projects to attract businesses and families and making it easier to get grant money from Ohio and the federal government, according to Trish Nuskievicz, executive director of the Trumbull County Planning Commission.
“If your projects are mentioned in the comprehensive plan, whatever grant you’re going for, it adds strength to that application,” she said.
Trumbull County planners said this is just the first step of the plan. They’re going to reach out to people who live in Warren, as well as business owners, to gather data as they craft a plan over the next three years.
Farmington Township recently adopted its first comprehensive plan that was completed by the Trumbull County Planning Commission, and the commission is working on plans for Girard, Braceville Township and Hubbard Township.