Mary Alice Reporting:

(Thursday, December 13th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – A developing master plan is set to identify future growth opportunities in the City of New Philadelphia.

University of Cincinnati professor Michael McInturf, a former city resident, is working on gathering data that will pinpoint assets and problem areas in New Philadelphia.

Mayor Joel Day explains that the purpose is for the municipality to rationally plan for future construction expansions.

“You also have to account for extension of city services, water, and sewer. You want to try to extend those in a logical way that serves the city long-term and at the same time, doesn’t create problems.”

He says that areas for residential development is very limited, something the city needs to take into account for population growth.

Day adds that McInturf and his School of Architecture graduate students will continue to collect data from community residents and businesses on their ideas for the city’s future.

Over two years, the city will pay $15,000 from the mayor’s economic development budget to formulate the master plan.

The last master plan was formulated in 1967, and the goal is to have a new plan by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

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