Gov. John Kasich recently designated the Logan-Union-Champaign (LUC) Regional Planning Commission as an Ohio Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO). This designation covers Logan and Champaign counties, and it comes after LUC worked last year to complete its Regional Transportation Plan.
The designation letter addressed to LUC Director Dave Gulden said that LUC and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will conduct an ongoing regional transportation process focused on promoting and enhancing the region’s economic, social and natural environments.
“The RTPO is another potential avenue for transportation funding and this official designation bodes well for the program.” noted LUC Executive Committee President Stephen McCall.
ODOT District 7 Planning and Engineering Administrator Matt Parrill said, “This is a milestone accomplishment for LUC. The RTPO designation allows LUC to take a more active role in the regional transportation planning process. This will also strengthen the decision-making process and long term results for the region.“
After last year’s Regional Transportation Plan was completed, LUC’s RTPO work shifted to implementing the plan. The plan revealed that more transportation data is needed in the Indian Lake area, which is leading to a study that LUC will manage this year to determine the impact of seasonal traffic and population on the Lake area’s transportation system.
The mission of the Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission is to promote planned growth, encourage sustainable development, preserve our land resources, and to improve the quality of life in the region by providing guidance, support, information, planning and education services to the citizen’s and all government member agencies.
For more information, please visit www.lucplanning.com.
Submitted by the Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission.