After months of work and
hours of meetings, Richfield village officials have completed
and approved a revised 20-year comprehensive plan.
Interim Village Administrator Jim Healy said it took village
officials almost a year to complete.
“There were some minor changes, but the plan really covers the
future landscape of the community,” Healy said. “A lot of the
2004 plan was still good, but we had to make some updates. The
village wants the northeast corner to serve as the village’s
Healy said the corridor runs roughly north of Highway 167 to
Pioneer Road with virtually everything east of Highway 175 and
east of Mayfield included. There are also some small pockets of
single-family residential zoning in that area.
Healy said single-family residential properties dominate the
majority of the village’s zoning. “There’s only a small
percentage of property zoned for commercial use in the village,”
Healy said. “In 2013, we completed a study of that corridor and
it indicated the best use of the property to generate the
maximum amount of property taxes and to help offset the taxes of
the areas zoned for single family residential would be
commercial zoning. Commercial use of those properties provides
less of a drain on village services. The doors at those
businesses close at 5 p.m. and businesses don’t send children to
State law requires comprehensive plans to be updated by local
governments at least every 10 years. County and local
governments may choose to update the plan more frequently.
Often, because of the amount of time required to complete the
state-required plan, local governments hire a consulting
company. Richfield officials decided to save money and tackle
the work themselves.
“By not using a consultant the village was able to save about
$20,000,” Healy said. “But it took a lot of time and we held a
lot of meetings to get that accomplished. It’s a real feather in
the administration’s cap to be able to complete this ourselves
and save valuable tax dollars.”
“State law requires at least nine elements be addressed in a
comprehensive plan,” said Debora Sielski, Washington County
Planning and Parks Department deputy administrator.
Those elements include:
■ Issues and opportunities.
■ Utilities and community facilities.
■ Agricultural, natural and cultural resources.
■ Economic development.
■ Intergovernmental cooperation.
■ Land use.
Sielski said Washington County adopted the countywide
comprehensive plan in April 2008.
“I’m going to start coordinating the start of updating that plan
in 2015,” Sielski said. “It must be approved by the County Board
by April 2018.”
Sielski said each local government that completes a
comprehensive plan must provide copies to the four adjacent
municipal governments which includes the county.
“The count will incorporate Richfield’s land use plan unchanged
when changes are made in the county’s comprehensive plan,”