Tiffin Downtown Plan

Downtown Summit speakers, additional topic announced

With the Downtown Summit  a little over a week away, we’d like to give an update on what to expect and some background on our expert speakers.

Lisa Patt-McDanielWe are excited to announce that a fourth topic, housing, has been added to the agenda. Lisa Patt-McDaniel will apply her experience in housing and development to downtown Tiffin. Lisa joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in 2011 as Director of Community Development. She is responsible for developing relationships and services related to community development, including working with cities and in rural areas around housing issues such as vacant housing, leveraging local community development resources, and convening community development officials around common issues.

Terry FoeglerThe town and gown presenter will be Terry Foegler, President of Terry Foegler & Associates LLC. Terry is a public and private sector planning and development professional experienced in strategic planning, university and municipal planning and real estate, development policy formulation, public administration, complex mixed-use project implementation, public-private development partnerships, economic development, innovative development financing and neighborhood/urban revitalization. His former positions include Director of Strategic Initiatives/Special Projects for the City of Dublin, Associate Vice President, Physical Planning and Real Estate at the Ohio State University, City Manager of Dublin, Ohio, and President of Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment at OSU.

Tedd HardestyTedd Hardesty, ASLA, will be speaking about placemaking strategies. Tedd is a Founding Partner of EDGE and brings over 24 years of experience as an urban designer and landscape architect to his project work. He specializes in the visioning and planning of a wide-range of environments including neighborhoods, campuses, open space systems, and downtowns.  He believes that the physical environment is the foundation for healthy living and that all places should be economically, socially, and environmentally successful.  His recent work includes planning and design projects for Downtown Columbus, Downtown Davenport (Iowa), and the Cleveland Metropark System.

Craig GossmanCraig Gossman, AIA, NCARB, will also weigh in on placemaking. Craig is the owner and principal of Gossman Group Planning & Design and a partner with Source3 Development. Craig has over 35 years of experience in urban design, planning, historic preservation and architecture. He has worked with a variety of clients nationally including city and county municipalities, retail and commercial center developers, and historic property owners. Craig employs a holistic approach to strategic planning by considering the balance between social and economic goals and their impact on physical design for long-term sustainability and timeless placemaking. He has developed strategic vision plans, urban revitalization plans and master plans for numerous communities and mixed-use projects.

Brad StraderTransportation will be covered by Brad Strader, PTP, AICP. Brad is an Institute of Transportation Engineers certified transportation planner.  He has over 25 years of experience in comprehensive planning, downtowns, parking, corridor planning, redevelopment projects, campus planning, and linking land use with transportation.   He has been project manager on over 50 projects in ten states, and the transportation advisor on a number of downtown circulations studies and 1-way v 2-way street evaluations.

The Downtown Summit will be held April 6, 2015 from 4:30-8:15 p.m. at Heidelberg University’s Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please click here to register, or contact Bryce Riggs at 419.889.3932 or riggs@senecacounty.org.

You can also give your opinion on downtown Tiffin and future development by clicking here to take the SIEDC Downtown Survey.

SIEDC to host Downtown Summit

2014_04_15-town-center-signEvent features updates on downtown development and a panel discussion

The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) will hold its Downtown Summit on Wednesday, May 6, from 4:30-8:15 p.m. at Heidelberg University’s Great Hall. The event will begin with a meet and greet, followed by a project review and updates by SIEDC and the Planning Team. Distinguished speakers will also present on topics relevant to downtown Tiffin, followed by a panel discussion.

The topics covered will include town and gown, placemaking and transportation.

Tiffin’s downtown is anchored by two universities that play a dynamic role in the local economy. Town and Gown describes economic strategies for partnerships that foster local development as well as community relationships through college and city collaboration. Examples of how educational institutions have boosted downtown development will provide inspiration for Tiffin, The Education Community.

Placemaking is the driving concept behind current best practices in downtown planning. It is an approach based on connecting people to place by creating inviting, dynamic spaces. Great placemaking is the result of coordinated planning, urban design, visioning, implementation and management efforts that capitalize on a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential and market opportunities. Simply put, placemaking is creating environments that promote peoples’ health, happiness and well-being.

Complete transportation systems integrate parking, bike lanes, sidewalks, and traffic calming concept elements into roadways to create safe, vibrant corridors. Converting one-way streets into two-ways may also enhance pedestrian safety and revitalize downtown economic vitality by reducing traffic speeds and providing more direct access to destinations. Methods to enhance transportation systems will be discussed in the context of downtown Tiffin.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. To RSVP for the event click here, or contact Bryce Riggs at 419.889.3932 or riggs@senecacounty.org no later than April 29, 2015.

 About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Strategic Plans for Development

CEDS Cover 1 inchOne of the best things about Seneca County in my opinion is the fundamental belief here that you have to plan. People here agree with some of my favorite quotes: “Failing to plan is planning to fail” (Alan Lukein) and “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything ” (Eisenhower.)

Here is a quick summary of some of the types of plans currently in place.

  • Comprehensive Plan – a long-range (20 to 30 years) and comprehensive (looks at everything) general plan for a geographic area (city, county, state, etc.) that provides policy guidelines on transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, housing, and economic development, among other areas. It is a “community development” plan.
  • Strategic Plan – a short-term (1 to 5 years) general and specific plan for any kind of organization that envisions a future and translates the vision into broadly-defined goals and objectives and a sequence of steps (strategies) to achieve them.
  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – a type of economic development strategic plan required by the federal government to qualify for certain assistance. Must contain (1) background info, (2) SWOT analysis, (3) goals and objectives, (4) public and private sector participation, (5) strategic projects, programs, and activities, (6) a plan of action, and (7) performance measures.

The Plans in Place

Latest Updates

  • Tiffin Comprehensive Plan (CP) – SIEDC, together with the City of Tiffin, are beginning to evaluate when the plan should be updated.
  • Fostoria CPRenee Smith, who just came on board as the new President of the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) in July, is reviewing the Framework (there are large binders for each of the topics in the Summary) and putting together her updates. One of her goals for the coming year will likely be to update and revitalize the plan and Vision 2020, the 501c3 that “owns” the plan.
  • Seneca County CP – The new Director of the Seneca Regional Planning Commission, Roxyanne Burrus, who begins December 1, 2014, will look at the County’s Comprehensive Plan and determine what next steps, if any, need to take place.
  • Tiffin Downtown – Currently, the Tiffin Downtown Strategic Plan is in the process of being updated. On October 6, Tiffin City Council approved $120,000 for a study to be led and managed by SIEDC to not only update the plan but dive deep into catalytic project implementation and design guidelines. The study will be conducted by the Craig Gossman and the Gossman Group.
  • Seneca County CEDS – The Board of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) reviewed the County’s CEDS at their Strategic Board Retreat on October 29, 2014. Members voted on the top three goals, and the board reached consensus on the top objectives for 2015. A scope of work and budget for 2015 is being prepared based on this feedback. SIEDC indicates that the plan could be potentially updated as early as 2016 or 2017 (five years later.)