STRATEGIC REGIONAL POLICY PLAN

The strategic planning process addresses four questions: Where are we as a region? Where are we going given current trends? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

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Please visit the topic area pages you would like to learn more about by clicking on the icons below or selecting topic areas from the “Strategic Regional Issues” scroll-down menu at the top of the page. For each topic area, answer the challenge question then scroll down to view the Strategic Regional Issues and learn more.

Transportation

Provide an effective, balanced, integrated and financially constrained transportation system for the entire region.

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Public Facilities

Adequate public facilities and services will be available for all planned development, and adequate capacity will be maintained for all existing development and re-development areas.

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Natural Systems

Protect and improve the diversity and sustainability of the region’s natural systems.

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Housing

Offer a diverse mix of housing choices – in terms of size, price, type, transit accessibility and location – within communities throughout the region, and maintain and improve the quality of the housing stock in every community in the region, whether newer developments or older neighborhoods, owner-occupied or rental.

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Economic Development

Improve cooperation and coordination on economic development efforts and opportunities throughout the region, and provide incentives for such cooperation in order to make our region the location of choice for diverse businesses and to build the regional tax base.

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Land Use

Encourage local governments throughout the region to create up-to-date, consistent, and coordinated comprehensive plans.

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2012 - 2013 Questionnaire Results

In the fall of 2012, OKI designed and distributed a public questionnaire to gain insight from the community as we re-evaluated our Strategic Regional Issues. OKI received over 2,400 responses and over 1,000 written comments in addition to survey responses. Thank you to our many partner organizations and communities who helped us with this effort.

Scroll down to see some samples of the results of the questionnaire.

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I think maintaining existing infrastructure like roads, water lines and sewers should generally be a higher priority than adding new public facilities.

  • Strongly Agree 30.9%
  • Agree 45.8%
  • Neutral 13.9%
  • Disagree 6.9%
  • Strongly Disagree 2.2%
  • Does Not Apply 0.3%

Strongly Agree – 764
Agree – 1,133
Neutral – 345
Disagree – 170
Strongly Disagree – 54
Does Not Apply – 8

Total Answered Question – 2,474


I think the public costs associated with new development are not always visible or widely understood.

  • Strongly Agree 34%
  • Agree 51.9%
  • Neutral 7.6%
  • Disagree 3.8%
  • Strongly Disagree 1.9%
  • Does Not Apply 0.7%

Strongly Agree - 841
Agree - 1,285
Neutral - 189
Disagree - 95
Strongly Disagree - 46
Does Not Apply - 18

Total Answered Question – 2,474


It is important to me to have the option in my community to safely walk or bike to do errands and/or get exercise.

  • Strongly Agree 62.2%
  • Agree 26.3%
  • Neutral 5%
  • Disagree 3.2%
  • Strongly Disagree 3%
  • Does Not Apply 0.4%

Strongly Agree - 1,539
Agree - 650
Neutral - 124
Disagree - 78
Strongly Disagree - 73
Does Not Apply - 10

Total Answered Question – 2,474


I am concerned about how our region can support adequate housing, transportation, healthcare and recreation options for the aging population in our region, especially as baby boomers reach retirement.

  • Strongly Agree 23%
  • Agree 44.9%
  • Neutral 14.6%
  • Disagree 12.5%
  • Strongly Disagree 4.4%
  • Does Not Apply 0.5%

Strongly Agree - 570
Agree - 1,112
Neutral - 361
Disagree - 310
Strongly Disagree - 108
Does Not Apply - 13

Total Answered Question – 2,474


I believe that our region has major assets for our quality of life, such as professional sports, theatres, the zoo, parks, the symphony, ballet, opera and museums.

  • Strongly Agree 47.6%
  • Agree 42.1%
  • Neutral 5.4%
  • Disagree 3%
  • Strongly Disagree 1.4%
  • Does Not Apply 0.5%

Strongly Agree - 1,178
Agree - 1,042
Neutral - 134
Disagree - 74
Strongly Disagree - 34
Does Not Apply - 12

Total Answered Question – 2,474