Canton, OH

Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Update

Canton, OH

Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Update

In 2014, czb was retained to develop a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Canton, a municipality of approximately 70,000 residents in northeast Ohio. Since the 1950s, when its last plan was written, Canton had lost 38% of its population, the number of vacant housing units increased more than eleven times over (from 300 to 3,500 units), and the city increasingly struggled to compete with its nearby suburbs.

Although the city has major hospitals, universities, strong local businesses, and a vibrant non-profit sector, decades of decline left it largely unable to keep up with the demands of infrastructure originally designed for a city twice its size. Between 2014 and 2016, czb worked to create a Comprehensive Plan designed to right-size and reimagine investment in the city.

  Team Members: Karen Beck Pooley, David Boehlke, Charles Buki, Don Poland, Andrea Weinberg
  Partners: CLUE Group, MIG
  Services: Housing Analysis, Visioning, Facilitation, Steering Committee, Report Creation, Private Sector Engagement, Zoning Update

“How can a city of approximately 70,000 manage a downtown, neighborhoods, and infrastructure that were built for a population of 120,000?”

Population

Median Household Income

Vacant Housing Units

%

of adults have a bachelor's degree or higher

%

of all households live in poverty

%

loss of population since the 1950s

Assessment & analysis.

Community stakeholders and czb collected input, shared analyses, and created a set of guiding principles and targets for the community through public meetings and meetings with leaders across Canton’s many sectors. The czb team also evaluated each of Canton’s 25,000 residential properties in order to fully understand market conditions across the city.

Good decision-making.

Canton is moving forward with redevelopment of its key focus areas, including the area surrounding the Cultural Center in northwest Canton. The city is also creating a “Do the Loop” campaign, which would connect Canton’s Hall of Fame visitors to other attractions in key areas.

“This is going to be a monumental point in our history. The question is, do we take this opportunity to create real change or do we allow things to continue running the way they have been?”

Watch to see how czb helped Canton, OH confront its biggest challenges and grow the capacity to shape its own future.

City at a crossroads

czb’s final Comprehensive Plan earned substantial buy-in from Canton residents and community and business leaders and was unanimously approved by the City Council in 2016. Notably, this was the case even though the plan contained a variety of difficult choices. After adoption of the plan, Canton created a budget for a city planner in Canton City Hall.

The Comprehensive Plan was czb’s second project in Canton. In 2013, czb conducted an analysis of the city’s downtown to help it begin framing discussions around right-sizing, programming, compatibility, parking, and safety.

City at a crossroads

czb’s final Comprehensive Plan earned substantial buy-in from Canton residents and community and business leaders and was unanimously approved by the City Council in 2016. The Comprehensive Plan was czb’s second project in Canton. In 2013, czb conducted an analysis of the city’s downtown to help it begin framing discussions around right-sizing, programming, compatibility, parking, and safety.

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2017, czbLLC. all rights reserved

2001 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

703.548.3708
info@czb.org

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Contact