The Connections work stream will work to guide the development of goals and policies for future infrastructure investments that will balance the needs of all transportation system users in the region. The Connections team will also seek to find ways to optimize access to each mode of transportation in order to connect people to jobs and destinations, move goods and freight, and lower transportation costs for users. In achieving these goals, the Connections work stream plan will help to foster the ideals of the other work streams such as reducing environmental impact and promoting vibrant, inter-connected communities and neighborhoods.
The Connections work stream is led by Project Manager Kelley Britt and co-chairs John Getchy (Director, Eastgate) and Sara Maier (NOACA).
The Connections work stream upcoming meeting schedule is available here.
The Housing and Communities work stream will recommend policies, practices, and priorities that are crafted to improve regional housing equity, access, and quality. Such suggestions will include energy-efficient, cost-saving alternatives to traditional solutions. The work stream will also value the individual communities and neighborhoods in northeast Ohio by promoting the growth of a healthy, safe, and walkable region.
The Housing & Communities work stream is led by Project Manager Anthony Kobak and co-chairs Bob Nau (SCRPC) and Don Emerson (Trumbull Co. MHA).
The Housing & Communities work stream upcoming meeting schedule is available here.
The Environments work stream seeks to deliver an actionable plan for the protection of significant natural resources in northeast Ohio. By integrating existing plans for air and water quality, sewer and water infrastructure, parks and recreation, and energy resources, policy recommendations can be given that foster true implementation at each level of government. The work stream will identify important connections between the environment, transportation, and land use strategies with achievable outcomes. This includes tasks such as reducing availability of undeveloped land while simultaneously facilitating compact, infill, mixed-use, and walkable development. The plan will also seek to increase public access to parks, trails, local food, and other recreational amenities. The implementation of other useful tools, like facility siting, will help to remediate environmental degradation and mitigate environmental impacts.
The Envrionments work stream is led by Program Manager Joseph MacDonald and co-chairs Rachel McCartney (Eastgate) and John Mitterholzer (Gund Foundation).
The Environments work stream upcoming meeting schedule is available here.
The Economic Development work stream will begin by assessing economic trends in northeast Ohio and its subregions by concentrating on target industries that contribute to economic growth. In collaboration with the other work streams, the Economic Development team will identify development principles that contribute to a sustainable northeast Ohio economy. Using these tools, the Economic Development work stream will craft specific policies and practices that can be implemented by various stakeholders to support long-term economic growth in the region.
The Economic Development work stream is led by Project Manager Mark Barbash and co-chairs Brad Whitehead (Fund for Our Economic Future) and Pat Kelly (First Energy).
The Economic Development work stream upcoming meeting schedule is available here.
Quality Connected Places
The Quality Connected Places work stream will primarily integrate and synthesize the output of other work streams. The team will focus on supporting preexisting communities by identifying, linking, and leveraging their unique assets. This will include recommending changes to the policies and procedures that prevent the northeast Ohio area from competing as a true “quality connected” region. Scenario planning will be conducted to identify and evaluate alternative long-term development patterns and their impact on the region’s various built and natural communities and environments. The Quality Connected Places plan will help direct the production of the final NEOSCC Regional Plan.
The Quality Connected Places work stream is led by Executive Director Hunter Morrison and Board Chair Jason Segedy (AMATS).
The Quality Connected Places work stream upcoming meeting schedule is available here.