Aside from buying land, growth within the city would also have to come from retrofitting developments that are already there, according to LeBlanc.
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One other area of focus for the RPCC is Bellbrook’s Historic Old Village Area.
Bellbrook’s downtown allows for a mix of properties, including city offices, local businesses and homes, which LeBlanc said will help in their goals to make the city more attractive.
“There’s a lot of potential there,” LeBlanc said. “They want to see how they make it a better gathering place, spurring more businesses while keeping their old village charm.”
Bellbrook entered an agreement with the RPCC for $21,800 in February for the purpose of updating the city’s comprehensive plan. The updated plan will use input from city staff and boards as well as from residents and business.
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A walkable community workshop will be held April, where residents and business owners work with city officials on ideas for downtown and ways it could be improved. LeBlanc said the workshop will be the first step in a lengthy process of modernizing the plans.
RPCC staff members will hold up to 10 meetings with the city’s planning board over an 18-month period in developing the updated plan.
Another workshop is tentatively scheduled for April 12.
The city’s comprehensive plan, which was last updated in 1974, serves as Bellbrook’s decision-making guide for land use, development, preservation and capital improvement programming. The new plan will stretch through 2030.
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