The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 19, 2012

Coast management plan seeks input from area

JEFFERSON — More public input, especially from Conneaut and North Kingsville, is needed before the county’s Coastal Management Plan can be approved.

A stakeholders’ meeting for the purpose of reviewing and commenting on the draft plan was held in Jefferson on Monday afternoon. Poggenmeyer Design Group representatives served as facilitators of the meeting, the fourth held since last summer to gather input.

A $25,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, with a local match, is paying for the project. Originally assigned to the county’s planning department, the project was inherited by the Department of Planning and Community Services when commissioners merged the planning department. Janice Switzer, program manager for combined departments, said she hopes to have the plan ready for approval by January.

Monday’s meeting provided a forum for stakeholders to raise additional issues, comment on the plan and tweak the language. Randy Mielnik, a facilitator, said nothing controversial has emerged from the discussions, but there does seem to be a theme of improved public access to the lakefront. Mielnik said the comments suggest that a better job needs to be done with the access areas that already exist, except at Geneva-on-the-Lake, where new access points and beaches need to be created.

The plan’s major divisions include coastal places, transportation/mobility, related planning efforts, issues and recommendations.

The report recognizes key tourism and industrial drivers on the public sections of the lakefront, including the Port Conneaut project, Harbor Historical District and Geneva-on-the-Lake Strip.

Switzer said an online survey was offered to help residents of coastal communities provide input to the process. The survey is online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHCC3TS. The survey received only one response from North Kingsville and five from Conneaut. Most came from Geneva-on-the-Lake, 57, and Ashtabula, 29.

She said the survey guides the department’s decisions regarding development projects, such as bike trails or parks.  “How should the coastline be developed? If you have an opinion, we’d love to hear from you,” Switzer said.

The survey closes Dec. 7.

Ashtabula County needs a coastal management plan so it can apply for grants related to needs identified by the plan, Switzer said. While only public lands can be used for those grant dollars, the plan does take into consideration the impact of private investment, such as noting the need for more commercial development to fill in empty spaces along The Strip or constraining condo development in certain areas.

The draft plan is online at ashtabulacounty.us. Follow the offices link to planning, then take the Ashtabula County SharePoint link to planning documents and the coastal management draft.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'