I hope everyone has had a smooth transition into a new school year as we say goodbye to summer and welcome to fall. Between now and the end of the year, I will be supporting and working on some exciting new initiatives that will enhance the economic development of Orange Township.
If you live in Orange Township you are aware of our boom in residential growth.
In fact, Orange Township is the largest township in Delaware County, ranking in the top two percent of the population out of more than 1,300+ townships in Ohio. In response to this growth, we are prioritizing smart economic development and are working to position ourselves as a more business friendly location.
In October, we will be holding an invite-only Business Appreciation Day. This will be the township’s fourth Annual Business Appreciation Day and will be held in partnership with the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of this event is to communicate our vision and pending plans for economic development and to solicit the input and opinions of our local business leaders.
During the Business Appreciation Day event, we’ll be sharing the updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This plan was completed in partnership with students from The Ohio State University’s Master of City & Regional Planning (MCRP) program. The plan is a strategic guide for any new development or redevelopment proposed in the Township and helps to facilitate relationships with leaders, residents and businesses.
We’ll also be discussing the US 23 Corridor Study currently being conducted by Delaware Now, a 501(c)(3) organization made up of business and property owners, focused on promoting and fostering economic development.
Delaware County is one of the most desirable places to live in the state of Ohio, as reflected by the tremendous growth over the last 30 years. However, our transportation infrastructure has struggled to keep pace with our growth and it’s now impacting the county’s economic potential. It would be fair to say at times we’ve experienced overwhelmed roads and a lack of alternative routes.
At the same time, the recent increase in residential development has created a heavy tax load on property owners. The study will provide an implementable, actionable transportation and smart growth development vision to unlock the potential on the US 23 corridor. The goal is to attract commercial investment, which will bring jobs and increase the tax base through better connectivity and access. The study results will assist Delaware Now in making recommendations for well-planned and managed growth needs, and potential infrastructure improvements.
The study results will be communicated to residents, elected officials and community partners as to the importance, need and benefits of these transportation, land use and zoning improvements.
To improve our commercial development and build a cohesive identity for our township and business community, we have also included our commercial image as part of our current brand study. We expect this to be completed in November.
I look forward to learning about the outcome of these studies and communicating the results to you. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.