Establishing a Community Vision through Public Engagement

APA Ohio Miami Valley Section


Friday, December 7, 2018
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. EST

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The first part of the session will focus on Deerfield Township which has a population of  approximately 38,000 residents, six (6) developed parks and additional open spaces, pocket parks and facilities with a network of trails and recreational facilities that comprise over 450 acres. The purpose of the project is to develop a community-supported comprehensive Parks Master Plan that provides guidance for future development and redevelopment of the Township’s parks, recreation programming, open space, trails, and facilities. To accomplish this, Woolpert implemented a multi-prong public engagement strategy that consisted of the following:

·         Focus Group Interviews/Meetings

·         Project Website-

·         Four Visioning Workshops

·         Statistically Valid Community Survey

The second part of this session will summarize the public engagement process and focus on the community’s desires for the Kingswood property, which is a contentious property within the community. In 2017, plans were proposed for a mixed-use style development at Kingswood, but due to public outcry, those plans have been tabled. Today, the development potential of the Kingswood site ranges from leaving it as passive recreation/open space, to developing active park amenities such as ballfields, playgrounds and multi-purpose trails, to developing portions of the property for community use and/or increased tax revenue. The results of the Parks Master Plan public engagement will inform the Township of the community’s desires for the property and a concept plan will be prepared that reflects the community desires. The community approved Kingswood Property Concept Plan will be presented and summarized during the session.


Joel Smiddy

Invited Speaker

Joel Smiddy was hired as Deerfield Township Parks Director in 2006. Since 2001, before his promotion, he worked as both Code Enforcement Officer and Project Manager for Deerfield Township. Joel has a Master's in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University, a bachelor degree in Construction Management from Northern Kentucky ... Read More

Chad Adkins

Invited Speaker

Chad is a certified planner with 17 years’ experience in community and military planning, with a BS in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He is skilled at facilitating design charrettes and public outreach meetings that develop a unified vision with measurable goals to establish unique and successful plans ... Read More

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