Economic development within Northeast Ohio suffers because of the lack of a regional framework for guiding development and infrastructure investment. Design, adoption and operation of the framework require cooperative and coordinated intergovernmental decision making. Currently, the region is characterized by fragmented planning and unconstructive competition among jurisdictions for investment and development projects.
Thus the objective of the RPI is to establish an overarching framework for future land use across the region, a framework that local officials would consider sensible and in their interests, and thus would be willing to follow.
Current research has also shown that a lack of coordinated planning is expensive. Between 1992 and 2002, per capita local government spending increased 68 percent compared to just a 29 percent increase in inflation. One cause for this explosion in government costs is the geographic expansion of government-supported infrastructure (roads, sewers, water and related government services), while our region’s population has been relatively stable.
Growth in Urban Land and Population for Northeast Ohio: 1970-2000