The Village is updating its Comprehensive Plan!
For up-to-date info on PLAN NEWTOWN, please visit: https://plannewtown.com/engage/
Stay up to date on upcoming news and events about the comprehensive plan at: www.PlanNewtown.com
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
STEERING COMMITTEE PURPOSE AND MEETING INFO:
The steering committee is established specifically to serve as a representative group of the citizens and businesses of Newtown to provide insight, active discussion, and consideration of important topics essential to the creation of the updated comprehensive plan.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS
As a member of the steering committee you are agreeing to:
• Attended the scheduled meetings. (5-6 over the next 8 months)
• Review provided documents and materials in advance of scheduled meetings where they will be discussed.
• Come prepared with questions and comments to discuss with the committee and planning consultant.
• Participate in civil and open dialogue about challenging topics for which there may be many or opposing perspectives.
• Serve as a liaison to your neighbors and social networks to help spread awareness of opportunities for participation in the planning process.
• Bring important topics and issues to the attention of the committee and consultants when you feel they have not been adequately discussed with the committee.
• Direct any request from the media for comments to city officials.
• Communicate to Village staff and consultants any concerns you may have which you feel cannot be discussed with the whole committee.
MEETING FACILITATION AND DECISION MAKING
• Meetings will be facilitated by planning consultants and will generally be 1.5 to 2 hours.
• Meetings will include presentation of relevant milestone deliverables and information as well as group exercises and discussion of topics by the committee members.
• Voting and ranking exercises may be used as appropriate to generate general consensus on topics and plan direction.
• Iterative drafts of critical plan documents will be provided to the committee for your review and comment, any issues which are not resolved among the steering committee members will be presented to planning commission as topics for their direction.
• Some participation may occur via electronic distribution and responses.
• All documents will be made available online at www.PlanNewtown.com, a site specifically dedicated to the plan.
STEERING COMMITTEE OVERVIEW AND SCHEDULE | TENTATIVE MEETING SCHEDULE (Located at Village Municipal Building,) unless otherwise discussed.
The Steering Committee have met three times with the remaining below two dates for 2019. Meetings take place Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00P.M. with some meetings going until 8:30 if needed.
1. November 6, 2019
2. December 4, 2019
The time of day, and location are to be determined, and the date may change based on committee input and direction.
• Policy Exploration Workshop- October 23, 2019 (See above Workshop info)
• Open House (Plan Review)-January 22, 2020
INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS |NOTIFICATIONS AND DOCUMENTS
All meeting dates, documents produced in the process, and content presented at meetings will be posted on the project website www.PlanNewtown.com.
We will also email you when new content is posted or if meetings change from the listed dates above.
Statement from Mayor Kobasuk – statement has been reviewed by Hamilton County Public Health, the regulator of the landfill. 8/20/2019
Newtown Fill is a construction and demolition debris (“C&DD”) landfill regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (“OEPA”) and Hamilton County Public Health. Newtown Fill is defined as 39.92 acres in the Village of Newtown. An annual license to operate is required to construct and operate a C&DD landfill in Ohio. Newtown Fill’s 2019 license signed by the Health Commissioner for Hamilton County is attached.
C&DD landfills receive materials resulting from the construction or demolition of man-made structures. C&DD does not include any material that is a hazardous waste, infectious waste or material removed from the structure prior to demolition. C&DD does not include any solid waste other than specifically allowed in law and rule.
The final grade of Newtown Fill including capping is set at the elevation of 596 feet. The elevation of the roadway at Little Dry Run is 542 feet, so Newtown Fill can be approximately 54 feet above the roadway at an interior point approximately 215 feet from the base of the landfill. Newtown Fill is approved for a 4:1 slope, which means for every one foot of elevation there are four feet of horizontal distance. A 2017 survey showed the current grade at approximately 576 feet, which means that Newtown Fill had at that time the ability to place up to 18 feet of additional debris (followed by 2-foot cap) onto the property before it reached its maximum height restrictions. Additional debris and soil have been placed since the 2017 survey, so actual remaining height is less than 18 feet. A survey of Newtown Fill is required in 2019 and the survey must be submitted prior to or with the 2020 license application.
Newtown Fill has recently removed some trees and vegetation along SR32. Newtown Fill is clearing some of the vegetation on its property in order to survey the final grade and slope so it can cover the south side of the landfill with dirt. According to Hamilton County Public Health, the operator has indicated that much of the south side of Newtown Fill along SR 32 should be covered with dirt by the end of the summer.
The Village’s understanding from Hamilton County Public Health is that Newtown Fill is operating in compliance with the rules and regulations for C&DD landfills.
The current Village of Newtown Zoning Code does not permit landfills. Newtown Fill dates back several decades and is considered a legally non-conforming use and is permitted to operate.
Attached is a 2019 presentation to the Village by Hamilton County Public Health regarding C&DD landfills. The presentation depicts a covered C&DD landfill.
Questions on Newtown Fill should be directed to Hamilton County Public Health at (513) 946-7879.
Newtown Landfill C&DD Landfills 4-9-19.pdf 1pp
Census taker positions pay $23.50/hr in Hamilton County and require the applicant is at least 18 years old. The application is online at https://2020census.gov/jobs. They are temporary jobs, running on 8-week contracts. They’re very flexible, allowing folks to work 15-20 hours/week to 40 hours/week.
Our community overwhelmingly voted for Natural Gas and/or Electric Aggregation at the ballot on 11.04.2014. Village Council adopted a Plan of Operation for both programs and entered into an agreement with Energy Alliances to provide consulting services for obtaining the natural gas supply and electric generation and supply for each program. As of 4.01.2015, Dynegy, formerly Duke Energy Retail, is the supplier for electric aggregation. Constellation NewEnergy, formerly Constellation is the supplier for the natural gas aggregation.
Price and terms for gas aggregation may change from year to year; therefore, letters will go out to the residents on a yearly basis to inform them of the current price. Price and terms for the electric aggregation are fixed through December 2020, after which a new price/term will be determined and letters will go out to the residents to inform them of the new price at that time.
DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITATION FOR ENERGY AGGREGATION
Door-to-Door Solicitation permits are required to go door-to-door. Since the energy aggregation program has been adopted, it is unlikely additional energy applicants will be approved to solicit in the Village of Newtown. Neither of the above companies will actively solicit in the community for programs outside of the aggregation. Please call the Municipal Building or Newtown Police Department if solicitors selling energy aggregation come to your home. Many residents forget they opted into a program outside of the aggregation and confuse this for solicitation. Please read offers received by U.S. Mail carefully and choose the best option for your situation.
Mayor Kobasuk and Village Council adopted a resolution approving an agreement with Hamilton County Public Health to participate in the WeTHRIVE! initiative. Our goal is to improve the overall health of our community. WeTHRIVE! is truly a grassroots effort that is making our community healthier. Please make a difference in our community and complete the survey found at the above link.
The below Community Health Assessment Report includes indicators and/or topics of relevance to health equity in Newtown. The report also provides a starting point to guide you in making lasting changes that will have a positive effect on our community for generations to come.