A few weeks ago, many people attended the North Avondale Neighborhood Association annual meeting and discussed many of the neighborhood successes in the past year. The housing market is doing well, business and university activity in neighboring communities is growing, and our residents continue to make the community a place that newcomers can proudly call home.
As part of the meeting, the City of Cincinnati also held a much needed exercise to begin updating North Avondale’s over 40 year old Master Plan. Thank you to Kathleen Colley and Stacey Hoffman from City Planning for coming to our meeting and leading this exercise. A lot has changed, even in the last ten years, so several members of NANA’s leadership team is planning the charge to not only update the plan, but to execute on that plan as well.
The first thing that’s needed is a steering committee, or a dedicated group of individuals that decides on the priorities or order of business of the Master Plan team and manages the general course of the neighborhood’s future. The steering committee is vital, as it not only helps create the plan for the community’s future, but it acts on that plan as well to ensure its effectiveness. Committee members also help modify the plan as ideas are implemented and results, or the lack of results, are realized.
Here are some examples of other neighborhood Master Plans as reference point of what we in North Avondale can do, and how we’d be engaged:
Walnut Hills Reinvestment Plan, 2017 http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/assets/File/Walnut%20Hills%20Reinvestment%20Plan%20Final.pdf
University Impact Area Solutions Study, 2016 http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/assets/File/UIASS%20Final%20Approved%20Plan%20(Web)%20(Reduced)(1).pdf
West End Speaks Plan, 2016 http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/assets/File/UIASS%20Final%20Approved%20Plan%20(Web)%20(Reduced)(1).pdf
Northside Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update, 2014 http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/assets/File/nlupu_final_document_6-18-14_reduced(1).pdf
Additionally, here is a link to the City of Cincinnati’s Master Plan, as well as all updated community plans within the City:
There are large successes that other neighborhoods are having, and it’s in large part due to their action plans and community engagement. Neighborhoods that generate more foot traffic like Hyde Park, Oakley or Mount Lookout have built up safe, walkable squares with businesses and residential units on top. Other communities like East Walnut Hills and Pleasant Ridge have mimicked those concepts and attracted business entrepreneurs to generate more “people traffic” and create safer and more desirable communities.
Also: A quick read on more data supporting developing Reading Rd into a more walkable corridor .https://smartgrowthamerica.org/resources/foot-traffic-ahead-2016/
Ian Smith, Chair, Master Plan Update Committee