Cuyahoga County Planning Commission Projects
Urban Tree Canopy Assessment
Tree canopy is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Tree canopy provides improved air and water quality, reduced stormwater runoff, improved natural habitat, and many other benefits. The Cuyahoga Urban County Tree Canopy Assessment provides meaningful metrics on the extent of existing and possible tree canopy in the County's communities, watersheds, and neighborhoods.
Cities and counties across the United States are making complete streets an integral component of their capital improvement plans and economic development strategy. "Complete Streets" affords planners and engineers the tools to design and build roads that are safer, more accessible, and easier for everyone all ages and abilities to travel through the community. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users. National data suggests that more people first look for the place with a high quality of life where they want to live and then look for a job in those desirable areas. Implementation of a Complete Streets program offers transportation choice, within safe and attractive public rights-of-way, as an important public strategy to provide a more livable environment. Cuyahoga County has begun the process to explore a regional approach to implementing a Complete Streets policy.
District One Public Works Integrating Committee (DOPWIC)
The DOPWIC oversees implementation of the State Capital Improvement Program (Issue 2) in Cuyahoga County. The Issue 2 program provides financing for capital infrastructure projects: bridges, roads, sewers, water supply and solid waste. The DOPWIC evaluates and selects projects for financial assistance. Available assistance: $21 million annually.
Cuyahoga County Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC)
The NRAC, appointed by the DOPWIC, is responsible for implementing the Clean Ohio Conservation Program in Cuyahoga County. These responsibilities include: promoting the development and improvement of open space and protecting and enhancing riparian corridors and watersheds; and evaluating and selecting projects for financial assistance. Available assistance: $3.6 million for years 2001-2004.
Towpath Trail Extension
Plans have been completed for building the final segment of the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga County from old Harvard Avenue to downtown Cleveland and the Lakefront.
Cuyahoga County Greenspace Plan
The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, assisted by the Greenspace Working Group, is in the midst of developing a plan aimed at preserving the county's greenspace as well as enhancing and increasing what exists.
Whiskey Island, home to Wendy Park and Whiskey Island Marina, is the only place in Cleveland with direct access to Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. Learn more about this important symbol of community renewal here. Plan a visit to Wendy Park to enjoy stunning views of downtown Cleveland, walk along the beach, play sand volleyball, and watch the birds that rest before or after their trip across Lake Erie.
Cuyahoga Valley Initiative
The Cuyahoga Valley Initiative seeks to influence development patterns, construction practices and industrial processes for the next generation using a sustainable development approach based on the integration of economic, social and ecological systems.