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      The 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. 


Legislative Authority

The RPC derives its authority from Sections 711 and 713 of the Ohio Revised Code. Section 711 deals with the creation and administration of Subdivision Regulations. Section 713 states the duties of a regional planning commission are:

1.    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 communication systems

* General locations and extent of public and private works, facilities and services

* 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;

2.    Promoting understanding of and recommending administrative and regulatory measures to  implement the plans of the region;

3.    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 organizations;

4.    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;

5.    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.

6.    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.

7.    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.


Organizational Stucture

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DCRPC  109 N Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015  Phone: 740.833.2260  Fax: 740.833.2259