In April 2014, MVRPC Board of Directors approved the Going Places regional land use plan, consisting of a set of eleven Implementation Tools. The Tools are intended to be used as a resource and guide to address local and regional needs and facilitate the implementation of the Concentrated Development Vision resulted from the Going Places initiative. MVRPC will be developing these tools with our partnering organizations.
PRIORITY #1: BETTER INFORMATION FOR STRONG DECISION MAKING
A. Shared Regional Geographic Information System (GIS)
A shared regional GIS would be a web-based, publicly accessible data system allowing for a better understanding and visualization of data revealing relationships and trends through maps, reports, and charts. This tool would be built from MVRPC’s existing data sources, including data for transportation, land use, demographics, zoning, natural and built environment factors, infrastructure, and other regional assets. New data would be created and maintained by MVRPC, or provided by local governments and organizations as needed.
With its technical capacity and expertise, MVRPC can lead this initiative in partnership with various organizations. MVRPC can perform analyses upon request, and train local government staff how to use the data.
B. Data Support for the Economic Development Site Selection Database
Businesses looking to locate in the Miami Valley have access to a powerful state-built site selection database to help them quickly identify locations that meet their needs provided by JobsOhio and is served regionally through the Dayton Development Coalition. The value of this database depends entirely on the quantity and quality of information, and that information is currently provided by local designated officials on a voluntary basis.
Upon request, MVRPC would assist local jurisdictions and regional economic development agencies with data support to compile needed information related to a specific site, providing enhanced data for JobsOhio’s site selection database.
MVRPC can support local communities by supplying data and information that enhances the JobsOhio site selection database, while partnering and supporting the Dayton Development Coalition in promoting awareness of the site.
C. Return on Investment/Impact Analysis Tool
This tool would help communities seek high return on investments and explore alternatives when planning or managing projects such as development, redevelopment, preservation, and brownfield remediation. It would allow them to evaluate a wide variety of factors—such as potential tax revenues, infrastructure cost, short and long term maintenance costs, local and regional economic impact and environmental impact, and more—to predict the potential impacts, costs, and benefits of a proposed project both before and during the project development process. This analysis tool would be web based for easy access by local government staff, allowing them to enter their own data for their own analysis.
MVRPC can partner with local jurisdictions, agencies and organizations to help identify the tool parameters and facilitate beta testing, coordinating the actual production of the tool through a consultant.
D. Series of Regional Assets and Economic Analyses
This tool would identify, document, and analyze important regional assets and economic indicators to benchmark—such as the built environment, natural environment, transportation, infrastructure, employment, education, public and private institutions, and other regional features—and then monitor trends and progress. Interactive mapping of related assets would help identify opportunities to improve, strengthen and connect assets. This information would provide insights on where the Region stands and serve as a foundation for future planning, coordination, service delivery, and project development efforts.
MVRPC can coordinate and partner with organizations to identify assets, determine indicators for measurement, and data collection. MVRPC can manage the data and mapping and lead the effort to prepare reports.
E. Project Funding Competitiveness Analysis
Given increasingly tough competition for state and federal funding, this tool would offer analysis to help identify additional funding opportunities beyond MVRPC’s regionally controlled federal transportation funding, and focus on opportunities to increase a project’s competitiveness for funding awards. MVRPC would partner with and assist jurisdictions and organizations seeking funding upon request.
MVRPC can analyze funding requirements and award trends, identify factors critical in winning competitive funding, connect organizations where collaboration would be beneficial, help refine project scopes to increase competitiveness, and help identify positive regional impacts.
PRIORITY #2: STRENGTHEN REGIONAL COLLABORATION
F. Forum for Regional Transportation and Development
A forum of a broad cross section of leaders and stakeholders from the Miami Valley Region would be held on a regular basis to share perspectives on regional challenges, opportunities, and coordination efforts. Occurring at least once per year, this forum would be designed and promoted to focus on the identification and prioritization of regional issues and initiatives.
MVRPC can coordinate and host this forum, and act as a liaison during regional discussions hosted by other agencies.
G. Targeted Subgroups to Address Specific Issues of Local Jurisdiction Coordination
The goal of this tool would be to facilitate coordination and cooperation while supporting the search for solutions to particular issues identified by local jurisdictions and agencies. Topics would be selected by the participants, but could include comprehensive and land use planning, zoning regulations, infrastructure, transportation, development, preservation and natural resources. MVRPC would help connect and convene key participants to identify shared solutions for these local and regional challenges, organizing and facilitating meetings between groups upon request. MVRPC would also support existing coordination efforts from various associations or groups.
MVRPC can serve as a host for jurisdictions and agencies that request this service, while providing staff support for best practices research, data and mapping to support the group’s decision-making process.
PRIORITY #3: BUILD THE REGION'S CAPACITY FOR SOLUTIONS
H. Regional Collaboration Training Program
A regional collaboration training program would provide interested regional stakeholders wanting to enhance cross-discipline and organizational collaboration skills with an opportunity for learning specific, actionable skills and techniques to help them build consensus, manage conflict constructively, and establish a basis for shared action around common goals held by individuals and interest groups. This training program would be designed to enhance, not replace, training opportunities already available.
MVRPC can help convene and provide support for the coordination of the training program, which will serve as a foundation for and facilitate advancement of the Regional Stewardship goal in MVRPC’s Strategic Plan.
I. Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development and Redevelopment
This tool would offer support and provide resources for sustainable development and redevelopment efforts for local jurisdictions and regional partners, focusing on projects such as sustainable design, vacant properties, brownfields, water and air quality, transportation and existing infrastructure. MVRPC would manage data resources for mapping and analysis, research best practices for sustainability, and help with funding opportunities.
MVRPC can support and collaborate with regional organizations and agencies to provide necessary data, analysis, and research.
J. Innovative Solutions for Natural Resources Preservation and Enhancement
With this tool, MVRPC would help manage data resources for mapping and analysis while researching best practices for natural resources preservation. Given the issues identified to date, this effort would focus on strategies for low-impact development, managing stormwater runoff, and groundwater quality management. MVRPC would help raise awareness of established and innovative solutions for natural resource preservation and enhancement issues.
MVRPC’s environmental planning program, housed under the Department of Sustainable Solutions and Transportation Alternatives, is currently leading the effort to promote and advance natural resource preservation with various regional partners. This program can serve as a foundation and facilitate advancing the Sustainable Solutions and Environment Goal in MVRPC’s Strategic Plan.
K. Miami Valley Story Project for More Meaningful Regional Marketing and Increased Local Tourism
This tool would market the Miami Valley to residents and to outside interests as a Region. Since the Region has such a wide variety of communities and resources, this would reveal and articulate a series of authentic statements and images that could be woven into regional marketing efforts of all kinds, positively raising general public awareness of the Region as a whole. A key challenge of this initiative would be in promoting it. It would not be led by MVRPC, but led by regional marketing and economic development specialists, such as a regional tourism agency.