History of the RPCC
Greene County, having a traditionally farming and small town character, experienced dynamic growing pains in the 1950s and 1960s. Population increased by 61% and 32% each decade, respectively. It was the fourth fastest growing county in Ohio during that era and the fastest outside the Cleveland metropolitan area. In 1973, the County Commissioners proposed to have the Regional Planning & Coordinating Commission replace the existing 11-member Greene County Planning Commission comprised of the three Commissioners and 8 people appointed by the County Commissioners. The jurisdictions agreed to form a regional planning commission composed of an elected representative of each of the twenty-two (22) political subdivisions in Greene County at the time, along with the three members of the County Commission. To augment the RPCC and foster coordination, all appointed and elected department heads of the County, as well as municipal and township department heads, serve as ex-officio members.
The RPCC began operations in January, 1974 with a staff of four employees. Much of the work during the first year of operation was in response to the April 3, 1974 tornado that devastated Xenia and the Wilberforce area. RPCC developed a sketch plan for Wilberforce and worked with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) in putting a recovery plan together for Xenia. A screening model for attracting industries was developed and RPCC staff assisted former Kroehler Furniture employees in a furniture start-up business. The first county-wide comprehensive land use plan, Perspectives 2000, was adopted in 1978 after a series of reports on the physiography, population, economic base, utility services and existing land use pattern were completed.
The Regional Planning & Coordinating Commission was tasked with economic development in its early years until the County Commissioners formed a separate department in the 1980s. The RPCC played a key role in looking at recreational development, assisting with the startup of the Blue Jacket outdoor drama. The RPCC also served as the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau from its inception in 1981 to 1987.
DeAndra Navratil, AICP - Executive Director
Taylor Baer - Planner
Katherine Eubank - Administrative Assistant
The Regional Planning and Coordinating Commission of Greene County was formed under Section 713.21 of the Ohio Revised Code and operates under a set of adopted bylaws. A copy of the Bylaws can be found here: RPCC ByLaws
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