Our View: Ravenna takes positive step with master plan

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Ravenna's commitment

to undertake a master plan is very encouraging news, we think.

A comprehensive plan will make the city more competitive with neighboring communities as it seeks to promote economic development. If done correctly, the plan can elicit community buy-in that will enable it to better set goals and to more accurate define the kind of community Ravenna would like to be.

Todd Peetz, the executive director of the Portage County Regional Planning Commission, with a master's degree in planning from Ohio State University followed by 20 years of planning in Brevard County, Fla., brings credible credentials to this task and will likely come up with a useful document at a pretty fair price.

Implementation could be an issue, but a good plan, mirroring community aspirations, has to be realistic and something the community can accomplish. Having paid for it, we believe members of city council and the Bica Administration possess the determination and fortitude to push ahead and attempt to realize the goals that will have been set.

A good plan will enable Ravenna to present itself in a more organized fashion to business and industries looking for good sites. It will level the playing field as Ravenna seeks grants to help fund infrastructure development and repair since most communities seeking the same grants will show themselves to have a comprehensive plan. Stow, Kent, Streetsboro and Aurora have master plans and regularly update them, for instance.

As the city of Ravenna, so far as we know, has never developed a comprehensive plan, its results will be defining and of great interest to the many who care for and want the best for the community.

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