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Local Foods, Natural Gas Extraction Topics for Oct. 21 Land-Use Conference

Land-use implications regarding everything from the extraction of natural gas from the vast Marcellus Shale to policy decisions geared to strengthen local food systems are on tap as topics for the 2010 Ohio Land Use Conference, set for Thursday, Oct. 21.

Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the annual land use conference typically attracts up to 150 elected officials, economic developers, local planners and community leaders, said Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, community development educator for OSU Extension and coordinator of this year’s conference.

“We always try to identify current, emerging issues so the sessions are relevant for participants,” Bowen-Ellzey said. This year’s sessions, some of which run concurrently, include:

Land Use Planning for Local Food Systems, with Holly Mattei, director of the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission, and Katie Myers, farmland programs coordinator, Countryside Conservancy.

Regional Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change, with Matt McCauley, director for regional planning, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

Marcellus Shale Initiative – Land Use Implications, with Thomas B. Murphy, co-director of Pennsylvania State University’s Marcellus Initiative for Outreach and Research.

Regional Land Use Planning Initiatives: Going Places and Regional Prosperity, panel discussion with Martin Kim, director of regional planning, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission; Mayor Michael K. Lyons, village of Richfield; and Mayor William A. Currin, city of Hudson.

Civil Rights Groups and the Smart Growth Movement (luncheon presentation), with John Powell, director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University.

Best Local Land Use Practices, with Kirby Date, The Countryside Program, Cleveland State University.

Models of Cross-Jurisdictional Agreements, with Jill Clark, Ohio State’s Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, and Peggy Hall, director of Ohio State’s Agricultural and Resource Law Program.

Ohio Land Use Law Update, with Don Brosius and Peter Griggs, attorneys at law, Loveland and Brosius LLC.

Panel on Energy – Brownfield to Brightfield Development, with Amy Yersavich, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; Shane Mathey, Clean Ohio; James Huth, Ohio Energy Office; and Randy Monhemius, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21, will be held at OSU Extension’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Registration for the conference is $60, including a continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Online registration will be available in August at http://comdev.osu.edu.

To register, send a check payable to OSU Extension along with your name, title, organization, address, e-mail address and fax numbers, and any special dietary needs, to Ohio Land Use Conference, OSU Extension Community Development, 2120 Fyffe Road Room 25, Columbus, OH 43210. For questions, please contact Shirley Cook, OSU Extension Community Development, at 614-292-6232.

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