Middletown to update its master plan

Middletown has been working with various community groups such as Middletown Moving Forward and Downtown Middletown, Inc. to determine what residents and stakeholders want for the city’s future.
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Middletown has been working with various community groups such as Middletown Moving Forward and Downtown Middletown, Inc. to determine what residents and stakeholders want for the city’s future.

After two years of laying the groundwork, Middletown is now ready to move forward to update its master plan.

City Manager Doug Adkins told City Council that the city has been working with various community groups such as Middletown Moving Forward and Downtown Middletown Inc. to determine what residents and stakeholders want for the future.

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Council approved a contract with consultant McBride Dale Clarion of Cincinnati to update the city’s master plan on an hourly rate basis for an amount not to exceed $75,000. Work is expected to begin this month and will take eight to 10 months to complete.

Earlier this year, the city adopted the Downtown Middletown Strategic Plan and completed a city-wide Housing Study that determines the strengths and weaknesses in Middletown’s housing stock. The Housing Study, Downtown Middletown Strategic Plan, and Community Visioning comments will serve as the framework to update the Master Plan.

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McBride Dale Clarion’s Master Plan update will have several phases that include an analysis and assessment; land use framework; plan development; and plan review and adoption.

Middletown’s current master plan was adopted in 2005.

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