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APA OHIO POLICY PLATFORM

As the only organization in Ohio that exists specifically “to promote good planning for the betterment of all Ohioans,” the American Planning Association Ohio Chapter (APA Ohio) believes that it is essential to clearly outline our professional position on key priority issues facing Ohio. This Policy Platform is intended to guide the Chapter’s lobbying efforts and inform positions taken by the Chapter on legislative issues. It is also meant to provide flexibility to address unanticipated issues that inevitably arise.

Position Categories

APA Ohio’s position on key issues facing our communities are listed below in three broad categories.  These categories include:

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Planning Practices

Community Development

Comprehensive Planning

Disaster Planning

Economic Development

Energy Planning

Infrastructure Planning

Land Use Planning

Transportation Planning

Zoning


Planning Principles

Citizen Participation

Equity

Healthy Communities

Historic Preservation

Housing

Intergovernmental and Regional Coordination

Sustainability


Planning Issues

Brownfields

Climate Change

Home Rule

Planning and Development Incentives

Technology

Water Resource Protection

ADVOCACY + POLICY ALERTS

April 27, 2022 | APA Ohio Special Report | SCOTUS Signage Decision Announced

On April 21, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case Austin v. Reagan that a regulatory distinction between on-premises signs and off-premises signs (billboards) is content-neutral and therefore constitutional. This ruling should allow a huge sigh of relief for the thousands of local governments in the U.S. with sign codes that distinguish between on-premise and off-premise signs, and for the planners entrusted with devising, implementing and enforcing those codes. The ruling affirms that local communities are allowed to regulate on-premises signs differently than billboards. It also reaffirms that sign regulations not based on content are subject to less judicial oversight, and as such, allows local governments to establish sign regulations that serve a substantial government interest, such as traffic safety or aesthetics.

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