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
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
Joe Shields, Co-Chair Ridges Master Plan Committee