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The group hopes many community leaders will take part.


Published: Thu, September 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


The group hopes many community leaders will take part.
By D.A. WILKINSON
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
LISBON -- Columbiana County officials want to create a land-use plan to help guide growth.
The kickoff meeting Wednesday was designed to consider a logo, appoint a steering committee and identify community leaders to take part, said Ernest Oelker of the Ohio State University Extension Office.
The steering group plans to send letters asking about 140 community leaders to get involved.
The study will look at four areas: economic development, the environment, agriculture and governmental infrastructure.
"It will be very broad in scope," Oelker said.
The study also will consider preserving and protecting prime industrial, recreational and farm property.
The county's planning commission, Oelker said, can use the completed report to guide it as it considers development issues.
Several agencies are contributing material to help get the study rolling, Oelker said.
County Commissioner Sean Logan, who is working with the group, said, "We are kind of starting from scratch."
The latest similar study was by a task force on preservation done in 1996, Logan said.
Emphasis on growth
But the new study may help show how and where the county wants to grow.
The group will want to talk to the trustees in Fairfield Township outside Columbiana, and Perry Township outside Salem, which have experienced growth areas in recent years.
Logan said, for example, farmland near the intersections of state Routes 11 and 344 in Fairfield Township may not be worth protecting as farmland. The land is located between Columbiana and Leetonia and would be a likely site for commercial development.
Oelker said it may take 12 to 18 months to complete the study.
wilkinson@vindy.com


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