AFFORDABLE HOUSING HIGHLIGHTS Current Statewide Campaigns: Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity
(BREAD) is a faith-based organization that is focused on affordable
housing, transportation, and jobs access in the Columbus area. Recently,
they were successful in getting the City of Columbus to commit $23 million
over the next 20 years for a Columbus Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
BREAD is now focusing on county commissioners to do the same. They want
to earmark the title transfer tax to a county trust fund. The tax is currently
$1 per $1,000 in valuation and last year brought in $4.6 million.
Adoption of an ordinance that would require developers
to include affordable and low-income housing in any development.
Development of a housing reinvestment plan for
the center city with a mix of incentives to spur housing growth.
Contact Information: BREAD
1015 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Overview: On the heels of the Ohio Farmland Preservation
Force,1 in the summer of 1998, regional focus
groups were assembled by the state universities in Cleveland, Cincinnati,
Columbus, Akron, Dayton, Kent, Toledo and Youngstown which only confirmed
the anger and concern over the impacts of sprawl on their communities.2
EcoCity Cleveland invited Stuart Meck of the American Planning Association
to address the issue of smart growth in the Fall of 1998. The working
paper was published and distributed by the organization,3
leading one commentator to believe that a smart growth plan is under development
in the state.4
The above material is excerpted
with permission from "Smart Growth at Century's End: The State of the States"
by Patricia E. Salkin, published in The Urban Lawyer, Sumr 1999
v 31 n 3, p. 601. For a complete copy of the article, please contact
The Urban Lawyer.
Community Reinvestment Areas (O.R.C. 3735.65
- 3735.70) 1999 To promote the revitalization of areas where
investment has been discouraged by offering real property tax abatement
for any increased property valuation resulting from improvements to the
property in the form of new construction or remodeling of existing structures
by the property owner. The law is used for historic preservation, residential
rehabilitation, industrial remodeling and expansion, and new commercial,
residential and industrial construction.
For additions information on Brownfields projects
in the Great Lakes region, please go tohttp://www.glc.org/robin/
Senate Bill 223, Agricultural Easements
(1999) The law will allow farmers to initiate the placement
of an agricultural easement on their land to keep it in agricultural use.
Easements can be acquired, held, or accepted by the state government, local
governments, or non-profit organizations. The law allows for the purchase
of development rights, enabling state and local
governments to pay farmers the difference between
the agricultural and
development value of farmland in exchange for
a deed restriction which would preclude non-agricultural development.
Contact: Mark Anthony or Deborah Abbott, ODA
H.B. 463: Tax credit for historic property
Allows corporations and individuals to receive
nonrefundable tax credits for all or part of their costs of rehabilitating
and preserving historic property.
Credits may be for up to $50,000 for each historic
Applies to rehabilitation and preservation costs
incurred in taxable years ending in 2000 through 2005.
Actions The Office of Farmland Preservation: The Office was established within the Ohio Department
of Agriculture as a recommendation of the Governor's Farmland Preservation
Task Force. The office coordinates with all existing state
and local agencies and interested parties to cooperate on a strategy to
preserve Ohio's farmland. http://www.state.oh.us/agr
Local Farmland Preservation Strategies: Through a partnership with the Office of Farmland
Preservation and the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Housing
and Community Development Partnerships, 59 counties are developing local
farmland preservation strategies. $10,000 grants were made available
in the summer of 1998 to assist counties in conducting an analysis of agriculture
in their communities. The studies will be used to develop strategies on
how to maintain agriculture and farmland as a viable part
of their communities.
State Farmland Protection Strategy Executive
Order: An Executive Order was issued directing each
state agency to take into account the potential impact of their programs
on farmland. The objective is to minimize the adverse impact when possible
of state programs on Ohio's productive farmland.
Family Farm Loan Program: The two year pilot program will allow state-guaranteed
loans to be made at a reduced interest rate to farmers interested in purchasing
land or for making certain capital improvements to an existing farm. The
program is administered by the Ohio Rural Development Partnership within
Newsletter and Web Site: In order to maintain communications with the
large number of people and organizations interested in farmland preservation,
a quarterly newsletter was developed. The first newsletter was mailed to
over 550 interested parties. The web site, www.ohio.gov/agr/fpo/index.htm,
was developed to provide more up-to-date information on the Office and
farmland preservation news. In addition, a list serve will be developed
to allow interaction between individuals with questions regarding farmland
Why Preserve Farmland in Ohio?: Answer Lies
in Knowing All the Facts By Fred L. Dailey Fred L. Dailey, Ohio Secretary of Agriculture,
gives an impassioned position on the need to preserve farmland while at
the same time presenting a useful 'point counter point' to the foes of
farmland preservation. http://www.state.oh.us/agr/OpEd9.97.HTML
Farmland Protection Manual The Office provided technical assistance in the
revision of Common Groundwork: A Practical Guide to Protecting
Rural and Urban Land. This popular
manual, a joint project by several private and public entities, will be
an important tool for use by individuals and local governments interested
in farmland protection and other land use issues. http://www.state.oh.us/agr.html
"Nine council hopefuls have ideas to contain
urban sprawl," Columbus
Dispatch. May 5, 2001.
Scenic Ohio 150 E. Broad Street, Suite 505
Columbus, OH 43215
American Farmland Trust Midwest Field Program
200 North High Street, Rm #522
Columbus, OH 43215
Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) A partnership that provides one place online
for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes region
of North America. Thanks to its strong network of state, provincial, federal
and regional partner agencies and organizations, GLIN has become a necessary
component of informed decision making, and a trusted and reliable
source of information for those who live, work or have an interest in the
Great Lakes region.
Respected across the Great Lakes region and around
the world, GLIN offers a wealth of data and information about the regionís
environment and economy, tourism, education and more.
Institute is a Washington-based, private, non-profit, and non-partisan
research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality,
and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states. Formed in the mid-1970's,
its mission by conducting research and analysis,
developing and advancing innovative policy, providing evaluation of key
federal programs, disseminating information, and highlighting sound economic
and environmental technologies and practices.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
1 The Task Force
was created by Governor Voinovich via executive order in 1996, and issued
its report in 1997.
2 Neal Pierce,
Fighting Sprawl: A New Civil Rights Movement?" County News, p.5, Nov. 23,
3 EcoCity Cleveland,
Ohio Smart Growth Agenda, Fall 1998.
4 Neal Pierce,
Fighting Sprawl: A New Civil Rights Movement?" County News, p.5, nov. 23,