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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Comprehensive Plan Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles

Athens Comprehensive Plan Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles have been announced


Athens, Ohio—City of Athens planner Paul Logue has announced that the following draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles for the city’s comprehensive plan update is available for public review and comment until Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018. Feedback can be provided by email at or

Vision Statement (what we want to be in 2040)

Athens is a forward-thinking and diverse community that celebrates its eclectic college town roots while growing sustainably.



Guiding Principles of Our Vision (in no particular order)

  • We will highlight and build on the historic and cultural assets that make Athens one-of-a-kind.
  • We will nurture our high-quality neighborhoods and expand affordable and accessible housing.
  • We will seek collaborative economic opportunities that build on the entrepreneurial efforts of our community, organizations, and institutions.
  • We will strive for a sustainable future which includes renewable energy, a healthy environment, and opportunities to connect with nature.
  • We will leverage technology to expand our economic base and provide services for citizens and visitors.
  • We will promote multi-modal and active transportation solutions that better connect our neighborhoods and each other.
  • We will celebrate the artistic and creative spirit of our community.
  • We will be inclusive for all regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, marital or familial status, religious belief, age, disability, or economic status.


The draft vision statement and guiding principles was created based on the information collected though the City of Athens Comprehensive Plan visioning opportunities in late 2017. Community outreach included a public workshop in September 2017 that was attended by about 75 people and an online survey that was completed by about 190 people. All of the information generated through the visioning process was sorted and grouped into common themes and topics that were important to the participants. This information helps to set the tone for our plan. Once all information was sorted the draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles were written by city planner Paul Logue with assistance from the comprehensive plan advisory committee and planning interns. Community members are encouraged to review the draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles and supporting information and provide feedback to the comprehensive plan staff.


Supporting Information

Those interested in reviewing the draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles are encouraged to review the summary information and feedback provided by plan participants.

Sept 21 public meeting summary:

Sept 21 raw notes:

Online survey raw summary:

Online feedback sorted into themes:

The city’s current comprehensive plan was adopted by Athens City Council in February of 2007. The comprehensive plan process will provide the community with the opportunity to help plan for future land use, development, and infrastructure within the city. The update will establish a community vision, perform a community inventory, and identify goals and recommendations to address neighborhoods, corridors, and general community initiatives to enhance the city.

The comprehensive plan is a tool for future decision making to help plan for the physical growth, development, and redevelopment of Athens. The plan aims to help achieve long term goals and objectives within the context of the vison. 

The process will include several community-wide planning meetings and neighborhood level meetings. Participants will also be provided with tools to conduct their own planning meeting using a meeting-in-a-box technique. Social media and online surveys will also be utilized to gather information for the plan.

Those who are interested in updates on the plan including meeting announcements, surveys, and general information are encouraged to email the planners at to be added to the comprehensive plan contact list.

For more information please contact planner Paul Logue at 740-592-3338 or

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