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The Ridges Framework Plan

The Ridges Framework Plan


Update July 14, 2017 - Tier 1 Land Review

Creation of the Framework Plan was a highly collaborative process with community, City and University stakeholders.  A recommendation from that effort included the development of the Tier 1 Zone as an Eco-Village community to meet housing needs identified for the Athens area.  The Eco-Village concept included conservation development, clustered buildings with small footprints,  as well as sustainable facilities and materials.   Just 10% of Tier 1 Land was identified for potential development with the remaining to be left untouched.

Recently, two groups reached out to Ohio University to share concerns about developing this area given its proximity to the Land Lab, as well as to discuss activities and research that occur on Tier 1 Land.  After reviewing the groups’ Tier 1 Land concerns, University Planning developed alternative options for housing in other areas of The Ridges.  Additionally, University Planning began to evaluate what guidelines might be appropriate for land use in the Tier 1 area.

These efforts and the proposed changes have been presented to The Ridges Advisory Committee, and the results may include an addendum to the Ridges Framework Plan in the future.


Approved by The Ohio University Board of Trustees October 16, 2015

wrought_iron The Ridges Master Plan Committee is pleased to release the final report of The Ridges Framework Plan.  The plan is the culmination of many months of evaluation, analysis, and public engagement, and it details the key findings of the historic buildings and surrounding land.  The plan is available for public download below:

The Ridges Framework Plan, Final Report - Updated Janurary 29, 2016

About the Framework Plan
The Ridges represents approximately 700-acres of land, buildings, and history to the State of Ohio, Ohio University, and southeast Ohio.  The study includes a comprehensive evaluation of The Ridges land and its buildings, studies for potential uses and adaptability, identification of global issues regarding access and integration of The Ridges with the rest of OHIO's campus, financial strategies to realize potential, and core principles that guide The Ridges planning development.
Contact Information
Shawna Bolin, Co-Chair Ridges Master Plan Committee
Tel: 740.597.2973

Joe Shields, Co-Chair Ridges Master Plan Committee
Tel: 740.593.0371