Big Creek Watershed Balanced Growth Plan Partners


Ohio’s Balanced Growth Program is a voluntary, community-based effort and incentive-based strategy to promote sustainable growth and conservation development. It was developed by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission in 2004 and expanded to a statewide program in 2009. The Program uses watersheds as the key organizing feature for land use planning. Watershed-scale land use planning has become an accepted approach in Ohio and throughout the nation because collaboration across the watershed allows coordinated, regional decision-making about how growth and conservation should be promoted by local and state policies and investments.

The Big Creek Balanced Growth plan was developed as a multi-year effort of the five municipalities working with the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization and the Friends of Big Creek. The communities represent 98% of the population and 95% of the land area of the watershed. The cities are now eligible for state support for plan implementation through special incentives.

The Big Creek Plan identifies numerous priority conservation and development areas, as well as opportunities for storm water retrofits. Considering the urban nature of Big Creek, storm water retrofits are the primary means for improving watershed function and expanding green infrastructure. The Plan also contains data, tools, recommendations and strategies the Partnership will use for implementation. The stewardship organization, Friends of Big Creek, will act as Plan managers and as liaison between the Partnership cities and the OLEC.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is comprised of the directors of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Development, Health and Agriculture. The commission was created to preserve the lake’s natural resources and protect the quality of its waters and ecosystems.

Big Creek Watershed cities in the Ohio Balanced Growth Community:
Brook Park
Parma Heights

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Big Creek Watershed Balanced Growth Plan

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Executive Summary

Introduction | Goals & Project Scope |Balanced Growth Initiative | Watersheds | The Cuyahoga River Watershed |
Big Creek Watershed Characteristics

Creating the Plan | Community Issues | Critical Natural Features in the Big Creek Watershed | Identifying PCAs & PDAs

Conservation via Stormwater Retrofits

Tools for Watershed Stewardship

Appendix A. Demographics, Land Use and Developement of the Big Creek Watershed

Appendix B. Big Creek Watershed Wetlands Analysis 2008

Appendix C. Outline of a Watershed Plan (Big Creek Watershed Action Plan - 319 Appendix 8 Elements and GAP List)


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Ohio's Balanced Growth