Workstream: Quality Connected Places - NEOSCC Conditions & Trends

The Quality Connected Places work stream will primarily integrate and synthesize the output of other work streams. The team will focus on supporting the region’s 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.

Finding: Northeast Ohio is Home to Natural and Built Assets that have Significant Regional and Local Impact.

Northeast Ohio Land Use Map Prevalence of Certain Types of Land Uses Agricultural use is the largest land designation in the region: 49% of the region’s land is classified as “agricultural” for real estate tax purposes. Residential development is the second largest land use in the region, with over 26% of the region’s land area [...]

Finding: Northeast Ohio’s population peaked in 1970 and in the decades since has fluctuated up and down. By 2010, Northeast Ohio’s population was 7% smaller than it was in 1970.

Northeast Ohio’s population also now takes up more space; population has grown in some areas that had been relatively vacant and has decreased in many urban areas that had been denser.

Finding: Northeast Ohio’s population has been spreading out.

Population has grown in some areas that had been less populated and has decreased in many urban areas that had been more populated.