Delaware County Regional Planning Commission was created in 1960. The first county wide
comprehensive plan was adopted in 1969.
In the 1970s a policy plan update was completed along with a land use study for
Alum Creek Reservoir. The Subdivision Regulations were amended in 1986, and the completion
of the Southern Delaware County Thoroughfare Plan was completed in 1988. A new
county-wide Thoroughfare Plan was adopted in 2001.
In 1991, a Regional Master Planning process was initiated which culminated in
the adoption of a revised County Comprehensive Plan in November 1994. Since that
time, individual comprehensive plans have been completed for several townships,
including Berkshire, Berlin, Brown, Concord, Harlem, Kingston, Liberty, Orange,
Oxford, Porter, Trenton, Troy, Scioto and the villages of
Shawnee Hills, Sunbury, and Ashley.
RPC derives its authority from Sections 711 and 713 of the Ohio Revised
Section 711 deals with the creation and administration of Subdivision
Regulations. Section 713 states the duties of a regional planning commission
Preparing plans and reports on:
Regional goals, objectives, opportunities, needs, standards, priorities and
policies to realize such goals and objectives.
Economic and social conditions
The general pattern and intensity of land use and open space
The general land, water, and air transportation systems, and utility and
General locations and extent of public and private works, facilities and
General locations and extent of areas for conservation and development of
natural resources and the control of the environment
Long-range programming and financing of capital projects and facilities;
understanding of and recommending administrative and regulatory measures to
implement the plans of the region;
Collecting, processing, and analyzing social and economic data, undertaking
continuing studies of natural and human resources, coordinating such
research with other government agencies, educations, institutions, and private
Contracting with and providing planning assistance to other units of local
government, councils of governments, planning commissions, and joint planning
councils; coordinating planning with neighboring jurisdictions, in addition to
coordinating with state and federal governmental agencies in the planning and
coordination of activities and programs of regional significance;
Reviewing, evaluating and making comments and recommendations on proposed and
amended comprehensive land use, open space, transportation, and public
facilities plans, projects and implementing measures of local units of
government; making recommendations to achieve compatibility in the region.
Reviewing, evaluating and making comments and recommendations on the planning,
programming, location, financing, and scheduling of public facility projects
within the region and affecting the development of the area.
Undertaking other studies, planning, programming, conducting experimental or
demonstration projects found necessary in the development of plans for the
region or country, and coordinating work and exercising all other powers
necessary and proper for discharging its duties.