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Miami Township Land Use Plan
The open space of Miami Township provides for a multitude of
opportunities and community well being. The recreational and relaxation
opportunities provided by open space are a significant benefit to the physical
and mental health of all members of the community. These places provide
education and spiritual enrichment, and protect cultural and scientific
resources. Natural, undeveloped areas afford scientists and students the
opportunity to study how ecosystems function, especially those adjacent to
urbanized areas. They provide places to teach children the natural sciences and
appreciation for the environment. Historic and archeological resources are
often located at open space sites, where they may be protected for enjoyment
The Little Miami Scenic Trail and its associated greenway is
a good example of how open space enhances the community image, increases
opportunities for recreation, supports commercial uses, attracts visitors and
encourages tourism. The multi-purpose trail also provides an alternative
transportation routes for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The natural areas around the Village of Yellow Springs have
helped to create a philosophy of appreciation for the natural environment that
the Village has. The open space that borders the village includes some of the
above mentioned sites and the floodplains of the Little Miami River, the Jacoby
Creek, and the Yellow Springs Creek. These water resources lend form the
Village by helping to define its exterior boundaries.
The Village recognize it’s potential and has planned for its
future, as can be seen by the adoption of the Village of Yellow Springs
Comprehensive Plan, 1996. This land use plan supports the Village’s efforts and
includes the Village of Yellow Springs Comprehensive Plan as part of this plan.
This land use plan recognizes and fosters the Village’s comprehensive plan
desire to maintain and encourage the current ambiance of the Village of Yellow
Springs, “small” and “rural” should be preserved together with a healthy
central business district, the “hub” of the Village is an intrigue part of the
Village’s valued character together with the green belt/open space both within
and around the Village.
Unlike most Villages within Greene County, the Village of
Clifton was not established to provide support businesses and services to area
farmers, even though it became a secondary function, and it was not located
along a railroad route. The Village of Clifton was built based upon the energy
of the Little Miami River. The abundant supply of water did much to encourage
the settlement of the Village of Clifton. The energy harnessed by the mills to
produce and process goods and even supply electricity for a short period was
the main purpose of this, before its time, “industrial park.”
The Village of Clifton and its surrounding natural
environment create a unique sense of place within the county. The historic
commercial, industrial, public, religious and residential buildings were built
to meet the needs of the people attracted to the opportunities of the river
together with the people living in the sparsely populated rural north central
portions of Greene County and south central Clark County.
This land use plan knows it is important that the Village of
Yellow Springs and the Village of Clifton retain their sense of identity as
they mature. The potential future development that will occur does not
necessarily represent a change in the function of these villages, but could be
influenced by a change in the nature of the surrounding population. New
businesses should be located in available older structures whenever possible
and new buildings should be sited and designed to compliment the environment in
which they are built. Each village center “hub” should be expanded in a manner
in keeping with its historic purpose. New development surrounding the original
village center should be linked with, yet separate from, the historic character
of the village cores.
The unincorporated areas of Miami Township outside the above
mentioned natural areas are predominantly agricultural. This land use plan
calls for minimal new development in the agricultural areas of the Township and
supports logical and planned growth for the Villages.
This plan encourages the protection of the existing land use
trends of the unincorparated areas of the township.
Countryside residential development, where limited
single-family dwellings are allowed on non-prime farmland, along existing
The open space corridor.
Planning in the unincorporated areas of Miami township will
focus on the protection of farmland and farming as a way of life. Agricultural
land is a nonrenewable resource that contributes to a stable county and national economy.
(See Greene County Farmland
Protection Policy) By recognizing and protecting this important land
use, and by setting an agenda for the future, this plan seeks to allow
agriculture and its supporting services to continue to thrive in Miami