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Aaron Sorrell, right, a Dayton consultant helping to create a new local comprehensive plan, spoke at a kick-off of the planning process in September. The next public meeting to gather input is Thursday, Jan. 23.

The future of Yellow Springs — What would you like to see?

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What do you want Yellow Springs to look like in 2035?

Villagers can help shape the future of town by contributing to the comprehensive land use plan now being developed by the Village of Yellow Springs. The next chance to weigh in is at a public open house on Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30–8 p.m., in the Mills Lawn gym. 

At the drop-in event, attendees will be invited to share their thoughts on how — and where — they would like Yellow Springs to grow and change.

According to Aaron Sorrell, a Dayton-based consultant leading the process, public feedback is essential to coming up with a plan that reflects the desires of the community.

“Public input is very important,”  Sorrell said in a recent interview. “It helps us drill down to the details of what will be acceptable for village residents in terms of the type of development they want to see.”

The 15-year plan will include overarching goals and priorities for development as well as specific graphic renderings like a downtown parking plan and possible housing layouts for the Village-owned Glass Farm, Sorrell said. The plan is on track to be complete by March or April.

Those who can’t attend the meeting can still participate in the process by visiting, where they can take a land use survey and participate in a mapping exercise to share their ideas for specific properties in town.

For the full story, read Planning the future of Yellow Springs from the Jan. 9 issue of the News.


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