The Richland County Regional Planning Commission operates under the provisions of Section 713.21 & 713.23 of the Ohio Revised Code. It is comprised of fifty-four individuals. The objective of the RCRPC is to determine the people’s needs, problems and hopes, and to plan the environment in accordance with them. Combined with the active Past Presidents and the special Coordinating Committee members, the Commission represents a diverse cross section of the governmental, business and civic leadership of Richland County. The Commission is not a Richland County department, but rather a separate entity. The “region” served is all of Richland County, including its municipalities and townships.
RCRPC members appoint representatives to sit on standing committees. These committees include Personnel, Zoning Subdivision and Land Use Review, the GIS Consortium Committee and any other special committee based on subject matter. With the assistance of the RCRPC staff, these committees are charged with making recommendations to the full commission.
The Commission employs a staff of professionals and technicians to undertake a variety of programs and projects, including:
The Commission oversees the Community Development Block Grant Program for Richland County, which funds community projects to benefit low and moderate income persons; and the District 16 Public Works Integrating Committee, established to administer the Ohio Public Work Commission’s State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). RCRPC also supervises the Revolving Loan Fund, which assists small businesses in financing their job creating projects; administers the Enterprise Zone Program for the County, which provides tax incentives for business expansions; and maintains a cooperative relationship with all Richland County development organizations.
Land Use Planning
The RCRPC is responsible for the development and administration of the Richland County Subdivision Regulations. The Commission also provides assistance, advice and recommendations to municipalities and townships concerning their zoning and subdivision matters. RCRPC is responsible for the preparation of various plans, studies and reports including the Richland County Regional Comprehensive Plan.
The RCRPC provides administrative service to the Richland County Transit Board. The transit board was formed in 1978 to oversee public transportation services in the Richland County area. Currently, transit service is provided on 14 fixed routes, along with complementary para-transit service. Additional information can be found at www.rctbuses.com.
The RCRPC is a Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for the transportation planning program in Richland County. This planning program is a prerequisite for Federal and State financial participation in most transportation projects in Richland County, and also provides the community with a wide variety of services.
Other community resources include aerial photos, maps, traffic counts, demographics and zoning information.