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neXtPlan is an update of Xenia’s comprehensive plan - a community-based vision for future development and a road map of how to achieve the vision. It helps City leaders and others in the community make development-related decisions and take actions that benefit Xenia citizens now and in the future.
The plan includes the following key components: Analysis of existing community conditions and trends. An extensive public input process that allows citizens to help create/review the plan. Recommendations and strategies for future development and improvement in land use, housing, economic development, mobility, utilities, public safety, parks and recreation.
neXtPlan, or Xenia's comprehensive plan, helps Xenia become proactive. It identifies activities that public officials and private partners can undertake to proactively improve our community. It markets our community’s assets/opportunities both internally and externally.
The plan empowers citizens by allowing them to determine the community’s future – not just City staff or outside influences. It also educates the public and promotes their involvement in the City’s future. It builds consensus among citizens/businesses/leaders around a vision, helping to ensure that the private and public sectors are “rowing in the same direction.”
The comprehensive plan can leverage resources by helping the City prioritize actions and expenditures and target them strategically, maximizing bang for the buck. It also helps to identify funding sources (e.g. grants) and partnerships, and improves the City’s ability to pursue them.
This plan can guide decisions by providing detailed information that helps leaders anticipate community needs and expectations (short-term and long-term) when making funding or policy decisions. It establishes a rational, defensible basis for zoning decisions. Additionally, the plan helps developers/ businesses/property owners identify opportunities and gauge the success of pursuing them.
Absolutely! In fact, neXtPlan is citizen-driven.
First, a diverse group of residents and community leaders (called "neXTeam") has been convened to advise City staff on community involvement and issues to address.
Second, 477 Xenia residents participated in an online opinion survey in 2022-2023 to help identify the direction of neXtPlan. Check out the Xplore Report to see the responses plus other information.
Third, there are a whole series of meetings, activities at community events, and additional online participation opportunities planned, to engage Xenians in the creation of neXtPlan. Click here to see the schedule of neXtPlan events. This page will be continually updated as event dates/locations are finalized.