Oak Harbor asks for more input on comprehensive village plan

Nov 21, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Local and statewide dignitaries and government officials had the opportunity to kayak in the Portage River at the Oak Harbor Interurban Overlook after Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz designated the Portage River Water Trail in 2022 as the 17th official state water trail in Ohio.

Mayor Quinton Babcock is asking residents to complete a survey to preserve and build upon the heritage of the Village of Oak Harbor while providing guidance for desirable growth, redevelopment and the implementation of important priorities. (Photos by Sheri Trusty)

The Village of Oak Harbor is once again reaching out to the community, seeking feedback for the development of a new Comprehensive Community Plan. Announced in early 2023, Oak Harbor – in partnership with the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee – is looking to create a fresh shared vision for the community.

This vision aims to preserve and build upon its heritage while also providing guidance for desirable growth, redevelopment and the implementation of important priorities. This second survey has been developed using responses from the first survey, in which over 300 residents provided feedback about the necessary improvements to downtown, parks, streets, and quality of life.

For instance, most respondents believe that preserving historical and architecturally significant properties is essential for promoting downtown’s character and marketability. In this survey, the village invites residents to dive deeper and share more of their thoughts on the best ways to preserve these properties and maintain the appearance of downtown.

“I’m so thankful for input from our community members emphasizing that they envision an Oak Harbor with thriving historic buildings and inspiring public spaces,” said Mayor Quinton Babcock. “Just like residents are helping us set a destination, we are also asking them to help us find the best route to get there. Their input in this survey will be critical to identifying that route.”

Oak Harbor’s last comprehensive plan is several decades old and no longer suitable to guide the village today, said Babcock. By developing a new plan, it provides an opportunity for the village to further build upon all that’s currently happening throughout the community.

To aid in the development of the plan, village council has approved the hiring of Reveille, a Bowling Green, Ohio-based firm that specializes in comprehensive community development solutions.

Grant funding from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation is helping offset the expenses associated with hiring Reveille.

The village aims to reveal and formally adopt the new plan this coming spring. Once finalized, this plan will serve as a valuable resource, offering guidance to community officials, residents and decision-makers.

To access the survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OH_community_preferences_survey?fbclid=IwAR3GtYjkRV1ZEOb4dWZ4_Xe4-vldomg9UZhPfeXoJt5SKBuNrqWFDIamOR8

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