Economic Development

Deadline extended: VILLAGE INITIATES COMPRENSIVE ZONING AND SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE REVISION

VILLAGE INITIATES COMPRENSIVE ZONING AND SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE REVISION

About the Zoning Code Revision –The Village of Johnstown Zoning Code Revision is a collaborative process that will revise village-wide zoning regulations to shape future growth and help realize the community’s vision for the future – a safe, beautiful, vibrant and livable community with a robust local economy. Johnstown’s original zoning code was adopted in 1983 with no compressive revision since.

What is the Zoning Code and why is it important? The Zoning Code is one of the most influential policy documents to shape the future of the Village of Johnstown. It will build upon the foundation of the 2006 and 2012 Strategic Plan and other prior planning endeavors.

How long will the Zoning Code Revision take? The Zoning Code Rewrite will be a yearlong process.

How can I get involved? There will be many ways to be involved. The Village is currently accepting letters of interest from any Village resident or business owner/operator. Letters of interest can be emailed to Teresa Monroe (tmonroe@johnstownohio.org) or by mail to Teresa Monroe, Clerk of Council at 599 S. Main Street, PO Box 457, Johnstown, Ohio 43031. The original deadline has been extended and letters must be received by October 3rd, 2014 at 1:00pm.

November 6th Licking County Election Results

Results of the election via the Licking County Board of Elections can be found by clicking the link below.

11.6.12 ELECTION RESULTS

Johnstown ripe for new business development

By SCOTT RAWDON

ThisWeek Community NewsSunday October 14, 2012

Johnstown is ready for new business development, particularly light manufacturing and assembly, according to Licking County development manager Dan Evers.

He addressed the Johnstown administration’s weekly multi-committee meeting Oct. 8 at the village offices.

Evers is leading a countywide effort to advertise Licking County’s assets to potential commercial and industrial investors.

“We don’t really look at it as, ‘What does the community need?’ but (instead), ‘What does it offer?'” he said.

Evers said Johnstown offers a sizable business park with infrastructure in place, with additional sites and infrastructure coming.

“The community is positioned for light manufacturing, assembly and other manufacturing support industries,” he said. “This is a niche the community is well-fit to serve.”

Evers said Johnstown already has a core of solid successful businesses within the community today. Those businesses, he said, also have the potential to expand existing sites.

“There’s great opportunity for organic growth, as well as new investment,” he said.

Evers said it’s just as important to meet and get to know the existing businesses in addition to advertising Johnstown and the rest of Licking County to new businesses looking to expand, relocate or start from scratch.

“We’re very pleased to have (Evers) come and speak with us,” Johnstown Village Council member Carol Van Deest said.

She said she agrees with Evers’ assessment that Johnstown could be a good host for businesses of about 100 employees. She said she also understands that the county is marketing Johnstown as just one part of Licking County.

“They don’t just focus on one area,” she said.

Van Deest said Evers and village planner Jim Lenner are integral to how the village markets itself to new economic development. In fact, because Johnstown currently can’t afford an economic development director of its own, the village is depending upon Evers and Lenner, who is a member of the Grow Licking County Community Investment Corp., to do most of the marketing.

“We’re happy that Jim is on the CIC,” she said. “I think that’s how we’re working through things at this point. … A group marketing together is better than one community on its own.”

Evers said he believes that overall, marketing Licking County to potential developers is going well, particularly in the wake of the Ascena Retail Group Inc. expanding its operation in the Etna Corporate Park. He said the county has responded to 30 inquiries from outside commercial developers since April, and he’s been able to suggest multiple suitable sites within the county to each inquiry.

“We’re not saying we just have this one site that works,” Evers said.

He said he is able to tell each inquiry the county has many sites, including those within Johnstown.

Van Deest said it’s her understanding that the Johnstown Industrial Park is approaching capacity and that it could be time to begin considering other places to establish development sites. She said she hopes, however, that any new site, if possible, would not contribute to truck traffic through the village.

Village Council Approves Updated Strategic Plan

Johnstown Village Council approved an important update to the existing Strategic Plan at their September 18th meeting. Starting in 2011, the Village Planning & Zoning Commission embarked on an in-house update to the strategic plan. Working with the staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission went page by page through the existing Plan to determine the areas in need of updating. What started out as a quick review turned into a twelve month endeavor to produce an update that will guide future development in the years to come. The 2012 Strategic Plan (effective October 1, 2012) will provide a updated strategic approach to achieving the community’s vision by creating a plan for the physical development of the Village as well as general policy statements of how to get there. It is a guide for developers, landowners, concerned citizens, and elected officials as they make decisions about land. This information contained in this update must be used in conjunction with the previous Strategic Plan.

More information on planning and zoning in the Village can be found here.

Request for Qualifications – Civil Engineering Services

The Village of Johnstown, OH (4,632 population, located in Licking County, Ohio) seeks highly qualified firms to provide consultant civil engineering services.  Johnstown is experiencing steady growth and development with dynamic residential, commercial, and corporate activity.  The consultant civil engineer will provide supporting professional engineering services and the conservative use of Village resources to Village Council, Planning Commission, Administration and Service Departments. Deadline for the RFQ is October 8th at 5:00pm.

RFQ For Consultant Civil Engineer

Zoning Information Available Online

The Village has partnered with the Licking County Area Transportation Study and the City of Newark to post zoning, transportation, parks, recreation, parcel, economic development and other important information via an online mapping system. You can access this the website at http://gis.newarkohio.net/lcats/.

Technical Rubber Company Inc. receives $100K grant

Via Newark Advocate May 22, 2012
COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Controlling Board approved on Monday a $100,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for Technical Rubber Company Inc. in Johnstown.
Technical Rubber, manufacturer of tire repairs and associated products, committed to create 29 full-time jobs, according to State Rep. Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, a member of the controlling board.

The company also distributes tools and accessories such as wheel weights and valve stems used in relation to the tire business.

“Technical Rubber Company is such an important employer of the community,” Hottinger stated in a news release. “I believe this investment will enable the business to continue to grow and provide quality jobs to the village of Johnstown and Licking County.”

Rapid Outreach Grants are used to acquire machinery and equipment, acquire or construct buildings, improve infrastructure, invest in fixed assets, and more, according to Hottinger.

Chamber hires economic development director

by Seth Roy

Newark Advocate

NEWARK — Licking County’s diverse population and business climate were key factors in Dan Evers applying for the Chamber of Commerce’s new economic development director position.

“From a business development perspective, there are a myriad of aspects that are favorable,” Evers said. “The beauty of the diversity — the needs of one community are different from another’s.”

Monday, Chamber President Cheri Hottinger announced that Evers had been hired for the new role, which will play an integral part in the public-private partnership of the Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation.

She cited his previous experience working in economic development at the township, city and county level as making Evers uniquely qualified for the position.

“We’re just really excited to have Dan,” Hottinger said. “We’re not starting from square one. He is hungry for the job.”

Grow Licking County is a partnership between the county, Hebron, Heath, Pataskala, Johnstown, New Albany, the Chamber, the Port Authority and a variety of businesses.

Evers said the collaboration between the various governments and businesses is exciting and means the focus of economic development needs to be in celebrating the different areas of the county.

Licking County can attract both big and small companies.

“We’re not just hunting elephants,” Evers said, “because of the diversity of the community, because of the assets that are in place and how they orient.”

The governments involved have pledged or paid $10,000 each, and the CIC’s budget includes money from various private businesses.

Evers officially is hired by the Chamber of Commerce, and will fulfill the chamber’s role to provide economic development services with the CIC, Hottinger said.

Before being hired by the Chamber, Evers was a finalist for the village administrator position in Hebron. Mayor Clifford Mason was impressed with his preparedness for earlier interviews.

“He knew a lot about Hebron, but he had done his homework about Licking County, as well,” Mason said.

Evers’ hiring means Grow Licking County can start moving forward in other areas. The group met for the second time Monday, and approved finance and marketing plans.

Next, the group needs to finalize its operational agreement.

The next Grow Licking County meeting will be at 9 a.m. on April 16 at Mid-Ohio Development’s Newark office, 33 W. Main St.

Seth Roy can be reached at (740) 328-8547 orsroy@newarkadvocate.com.