Executive Summary of Five-Year Update to Comprehensive Plan

After extensive input from the community, the Board of Trustees in July 2010 adopted a comprehensive plan laying out goals for our community and objectives by which to accomplish them. We – including our administration, staff, employees, and appointed board members – use them as the guiding principles behind the decisions that we make on a daily basis. The comprehensive plan highlights the community’s future intentions, but it also assists the Township by serving as a guide for the overall growth and redevelopment for residents, businesses, and public officials; serving as a basis for administering the zoning resolution and for making reasonable decisions on development and rezoning applications; promoting innovative, sustainable, and green development and redevelopment practices; ensuring the continuity of long-range economic development, planning, and capital improvement policies and programs; assisting the Township in applying for state and federal grant programs; preserving the aesthetic and natural character of Howland Township; and promoting the safety, prosperity, health, morals, and aesthetics of our residents.

This is the third update to show you how these lofty goals manifest themselves. Each project, policy, or program is described on the left-hand side of the accompanying tables, and, on the right, you will see a mark indicating how that project, policy, or program addresses one or more of the various categories. This is our checklist to see how we are doing and to ensure that we are continuously marching towards those goals. Many also further the major initiatives that were identified in the comprehensive plan.

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You will see that we continue many of the projects and policies from the previous updates and, in some cases, have built on them and continued the progress on others. We are particularly proud of our work with the City of Warren, the Trumbull County Commissioners, and the Trumbull County Engineer in leading the collaborative efforts to develop a $10 million infrastructure improvement plan for the Golden Triangle, a 1,000-acre industrial area within our borders in which nearly 3,000 people are employed by 30 businesses. This fulfilled a grant that we received from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in September 2014. It is now time for us to find the funds to make these improvements.

And work continues on a smaller scale on some of the other areas, such as the outside, all-volunteer Howland Wellness Committee coordinates projects that enhance our community’s health and wellness and the USDA has awarded us a grant to further develop our popular Farmers Market. We also see how recent changes that modernized our zoning resolution with ideas unique to our area, including stormwater management requirements and alternative parking considerations, have come to fruition through new development projects. The results have been projects for which your response has been positive. Our Zoning Commission will continue to work with our planning and zoning staff in this area.

The comprehensive plan is a living document and not a punch list. We strive to be a strong, forward-thinking community and the best-run township in Trumbull County, operating in a professional, transparent manner. We encourage you to read this update – together with the previous ones – to get the full picture of where your Township is headed.

Your township trustees,

Rick G. Clark, Dr. James J. LaPolla, Jr., Matthew G. Vansuch
January 13, 2016

We encourage you to read these updates to get the full picture of where your Township is headed.

Howland Township's Comprehensive Plan:

The Plan
Year One Update Presentation
Year One Update Detailed Summary
Year Three Howland Township Comprehensive Plan Goals and Objectives
Year Five Howland Township Comprehensive Plan Goals and Objectives *New