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neXtPlan is an update of Xenia’s comprehensive plan - a community-based vision for future development and a road map of how to achieve the vision. It helps City leaders and others in the community make development-related decisions and take actions that benefit Xenia citizens now and in the future.
The plan includes the following key components: Analysis of existing community conditions and trends. An extensive public input process that allows citizens to help create/review the plan. Recommendations and strategies for future development and improvement in land use, housing, economic development, mobility, utilities, public safety, parks and recreation.
neXtPlan, or Xenia's comprehensive plan, helps Xenia become proactive. It identifies activities that public officials and private partners can undertake to proactively improve our community. It markets our community’s assets/opportunities both internally and externally.
The plan empowers citizens by allowing them to determine the community’s future – not just City staff or outside influences. It also educates the public and promotes their involvement in the City’s future. It builds consensus among citizens/businesses/leaders around a vision, helping to ensure that the private and public sectors are “rowing in the same direction.”
The comprehensive plan can leverage resources by helping the City prioritize actions and expenditures and target them strategically, maximizing bang for the buck. It also helps to identify funding sources (e.g. grants) and partnerships, and improves the City’s ability to pursue them.
This plan can guide decisions by providing detailed information that helps leaders anticipate community needs and expectations (short-term and long-term) when making funding or policy decisions. It establishes a rational, defensible basis for zoning decisions. Additionally, the plan helps developers/ businesses/property owners identify opportunities and gauge the success of pursuing them.
neXtPlan is citizen-driven.
First, a diverse group of residents and community leaders (called "neXTeam") has been convened to advise City staff on community involvement and issues to address.
Second, all Xenia residents can now participate in an online opinion survey to help identify the direction of neXtPlan. Click here to take the survey!
Early in 2023 there will be listening sessions, open to the public, allowing residents to discuss their priorities in person, with one another and with City staff. Focus groups will occur later in the process and each will consist of a meeting organized around a specific topic, such as housing, mobility, economic development, etc. This public input will be combined with objective analysis of demographic and market trends to create goals, objectives and strategies. Once completed, the draft plan will be shared with the general public for review, to make sure we "got it right." Only after completion of this process will the City consider the plan for formal adoption - likely in late 2023.
More information will be available in the coming weeks, including specific dates and links.