Of course our most important partner is… you. You call Cincinnati home. You work here and enjoy what the city has to offer. And what Plan Build Live needs as much as anything else is your participation in helping us find and examine the ways to make this effort successful.
There are also several local and regional organizations who have important roles in helping Plan Build Live happen. These partners include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provided funding, and four local organizations that are providing both demonstration projects and local match funding. These demonstration projects are real-world tests of the new regulations that are the result of the Plan Build Live project.
HUD: As a result of a highly competitive process, the City of Cincinnati received a Community Challenge grant of $2.4 million – the fourth highest amount awarded to any city in the country during the 2010 grant cycle.
The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD): MSD is providing both demonstration projects and local-match funding through its Lick Run daylighting initiative. As part of its efforts to keep sewage out of the Mill Creek, a mandate of the Clean Water Act, MSD will bring the Lick Run creek back to the surface (“daylighting” it) from a pipe buried more than 100 years ago. Planning for this project will lay the groundwork for enhancing South Fairmount with a lovely water amenity. By identifying appropriate development, the Lick Creek Run planning initiative will test potential new regulatory strategies and help make sure that Plan Build Live helps this community and others facing environmental and economic challenges thrive for decades.
The Mill Creek Restoration Project: This nonprofit organization has been planning and implementing improvements to the Mill Creek in partnership with local governments and agencies since 1994, and it is currently leading efforts to plan for critical improvements to the Mill Creek’s function and appearance through the City of Cincinnati. This demonstration project includes bike paths, removing sections of concrete channel, and rejuvenating animal habitat and human neighborhoods. The initiative will help anticipate the impact of improved natural surroundings on development and identify regulatory needs to support the Mill Creek Valley’s potential.
Cincinnati Health Department: The Health Department’s public health analysts are using their data and their expertise to examine the livability and health implications of new regulations. The Board of Health’s study issues include:
- Air quality changes that may result from to more efficient street patterns
- Effects on obesity rates that may result from more walkable neighborhoods
- Other wellness indicators that may be made more achievable due to new regulations
Cincinnati Area Geographic Information Systems (CAGIS): This regional partnership builds and maintains all of the digital mapping and information systems relating to everything from city boundaries to zoning districts to data on specific parcels. CAGIS is providing an essential foundation for Plan Build Live – making it easier and less expensive for the planners to work and for you to get the information you need to get involved.