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Best Local Land Use Practices

In addition to supporting local decisions about the location of growth, the state will also supply guidance on best local land use practices for protecting clean water wherever the expansion of developed areas occurs, and for reducing impacts to clean water in redevelopment situations.

This includes chapters with guidance for a range of best practices, example ordinances and resolutions for local communities, and training opportunities for local government elected officials and staff. Chapters have been prepared for Comprehensive Planning, Compact Development, Conservation Development, Stream, Floodplain, and Wetland Protection, Storm Water Management/Erosion and Sediment Control, Natural Areas Establishment and Management, Source Water Protection, Tree and Woodland Protection, Steep Slope Protection, Brownfield Redevelopment, Agricultural Protection, Transfer of Development Rights, Historic Protection, Scenic Protection, and Access Management. 

An updated suite of Best Local Land Use Practice tools is available! 
Click here to access the toolkit.

If you are a local government official or staff member interested in bringing Best Practices to your community, see our Technical Assistance page for information on how you may qualify for free assistance.

Not sure if the Best Local Land Use Practices could work in your community? Watch the updated program videos on the OhioLakeErie channel at YouTube or watch the Lake Erie version of the video on this site where local officials and others explain how the practices have helped their communities.

Interested in learning more about the program in person? Check our Events page for upcoming workshops, conference presentations, and more!