From July 29 – August 7, more than 500 residents attended the regional open houses, which were held in 10 communities across Northeast Ohio as part of the second phase of the Vibrant NEO 2040 planning process being led by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC).
“Turnout and participation in these open houses shows that Northeast Ohioans are interested in and passionate about ensuring that our region remains vibrant, resilient and sustainable into the future,” said Hunter Morrison, NEOSCC Executive Director.
Earlier in the year, NEOSCC organized workshops that focused on the “Trend Scenario,” which describes what Northeast Ohio may be like in 2040 if our region continues in its current direction.
Through their recently concluded Open Houses and their online engagement efforts, NEOSCC is asking Northeast Ohioans to explore three alternatives to the Trend Scenario. The names of these “Alternative Scenarios” and the questions they are based on are:
1. The “Grow the Same” Scenario: How might Northeast Ohio’s future be different if population and jobs in our region grew at the same rate as the rest of the country from 2013-2040?
2. The “Do Things Differently” Scenario: How Might Northeast Ohio’s future be different if we pursued the different policy priorities that Vibrant NEO 2040 participants identified at the last set of workshops (which included focusing on reinvestment in existing communities, limiting development in environmentally sensitive areas, using existing infrastructure wherever possible, increasing the proportion of mixed-use, walkable development, expanding public transportation networks, and prioritizing growth near existing communities)?