Comprehensive plan writers seek public input as plan nears completion

As Seneca County’s 20-year comprehensive plan nears completion, two public input sessions for residents, business owners and elected officials are scheduled.

The meetings, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, are set for 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St., and 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at Fostoria Learning Center, 342 Perry St., Fostoria.

Regional Planning personnel as well as representatives of CT Consulting, the company putting the plan together, will be collecting information for the plan, which is designed to guide future growth in Seneca County, the cities of Tiffin and Fostoria and the Seneca County Park District over the next 20 years.

The plan also is designed to foster partnerships among various segments of the county.

“An essential key of the planning process is the public’s input and it is important for all citizens to attend and participate in the process,” said Charlene Watkins, executive director of Seneca Regional Planning Commission. “Regional Planning is the keeper of the plan and it will not lay on a shelf and gather dust, it will be used for future planning in the upcoming years.”

Watkins said information collection for the overall plan began in 2017, and after many meetings with the steering committee, the boards of the entities involved and the public, the final form of the plan is taking shape.

Steering committee members are county commissioners Mike Kerschner, Tony Paradiso and Shayne Thomas; Mayor Aaron Montz; Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler; David Zak, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership; Renee Smith, Fostoria Economic Development Corp.; Sarah Betts, Seneca County Park District; and the township trustees.

Final input from the public meetings will be considered for implementation into the plan, and the final plan should be ready for approval early in 2020.