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RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR THE OLENTANGY WATERSHED BALANCED GROWTH PLAN IN COOPERATION PARTICIPATING COMMUNITIES AND THE MID OHIO REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (MORPC)
WHEREAS, a portion of the Olentangy Watershed is located within the boundaries of the City of Marion; and
WHEREAS, MORPC formed a Watershed Planning Partnership (WPP) of jurisdictions with planning authority within the Olentangy Watershed, including the City of Marion, and the WPP then worked collaboratively to seek broad public input and develop a balanced growth plan for the Olentangy Watershed based on that input; and
WHEREAS, the balanced growth plan identifies Priority Conservation Areas within the Olentangy Watershed to protect critically important ecological, recreational, agricultural, heritage, public access, and other areas, the preservation of which would enhance the quality of life of the citizens of the City of Marion; and
WHEREAS, the balanced growth plan also identifies Priority Development Areas within the Olentangy Watershed, which are areas in which growth or redevelopment should especially be promoted and through which the economy of the region encompassed by the Olentangy Watershed will be enhanced; and
WHEREAS, the balanced growth plan also identifies Priority Agricultural Areas within the Olentangy Watershed, which areas are critical to the regional food system and therefore should be protected to conserve valuable farm land, while also protecting surface and groundwaters; and
WHEREAS, the balanced growth plan also identifies a variety of recommended tools and programs through which Priority Conservation Areas can be protected and enhanced and Priority Agricultural Areas can be preserved for agricultural use while sustainable development can be driven to Priority Development Areas; and
WHEREAS, while the final balanced growth plan contains recommendations only, is by no means binding, and does not impose any mandatory requirements or limitations on the City of Marion, its effectiveness in influencing future growth and development in the Olentangy Watershed will depend on attempting to implement those recommendations at the local level;
WHEREAS, while the balanced growth plan does not impose any mandatory requirements or limitations on the City of Marion, the Olentangy Watershed will benefit from the continuing participation of the jurisdictions with planning authority within the Olentangy Watershed in the Watershed Planning Partnership.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF MARION:
SECTION 1: The City of Marion supports the balanced growth plan and designated priority areas for the Olentangy Watershed and shall make voluntary best faith efforts to implement applicable recommendations of the balanced growth plan in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio and the wishes of its own elected representatives, boards, commissions, and citizens.
SECTION 2: The City of Marion shall continue to participate in the work of Olentangy Watershed Planning Partnership as an active member in cooperation with other communities and MORPC.
SECTION 3: That this resolution shall become effective from and after the earliest period allowed by law.
Approved: Dave Edwards
President of Council
Mayor Scott Schertzer
Clerk of Council