Commissioners hear recommendation

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The county’s Department of Development has recommended a consulting company to study the undeveloped area between Troy and Piqua with the goal of encouraging future development.

Department of Development Director Richard Osgood and Dan Suerdick met with the commissioners Thursday and recommended a firm to handle the process. In March, the department sent out a request for proposals, considered three companies and identified Burton Planning Services as their top choice.

“It seemed to me that they grasp what we’re looking for, particularly on the market analysis side,” Osgood said.

Burton quoted the county $47,900 for the project.

The commissioners will give final approval at an upcoming meeting. The chosen firm will perform a study of the County Road 25-A corridor from the northern Troy city limits to the southern Piqua city limits, including the area around Interstate 75’s Exit 78, with the goal of coming up with marketable, development-ready plans.

According to Suerdick, that corridor was identified as a special planning area in the 2006 Miami County comprehensive plan update, in part because of its unique location near the center of Miami County.

The study would including analyzing what infrastructure would be necessary for improvements, creating design concepts, and coming up with plans to market the area.

The department was looking for three criteria when reviewing proposals: market analysis, a land use plan that takes into consideration the compatibility of current and future land uses, and an implementation and finance plan for the infrastructure that would be needed for development.

“In my opinion, that region, as it’s outlined, needs to have some long term vision put to it,” Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien said. “I think it’s a good project.”

As the process moves forward, the county plans to work with the cities of Troy and Piqua, as well as property owners in the area.

By Cecilia Fox

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