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Why A Planning Commission

Ohio statutes generally delegate the initiation of planning policy to planning commissions, consisting mostly or entirely of lay citizens. As a Charter City, Article VIII Section 1.5 of the Charter provides for a Planning Commission whose general charge includes the formulation of comprehensive and functional plans and studies, review of subdivisions, recommendations on zoning map and text capital projects.

Growing out of the governmental reform tradition of the early 20th Century, it was assumed planning commissions could provide a broader and longer range perspective than the local legislators. It was thought that legislators might operate from too limited a time perspective to be good planners, and needed the steadying hand of a statesmanlike independent commission.

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