Planning Services

Project Analysis

You and your group have a vision. We will help you put that vision on paper. If you do not have a corridor defined, we can help you define one. Once defined, we will travel the corridor with you and look at obstacles and opportunities. We will outline the benefits for your community. We put all of this in a concise report so you can build support and consensus for your project.

Our Experience:

Highland County – City of Greenfield, Ohio
Project description: Toured route and performed analysis of proposed route through the City; Prepared report on feasibility, timelines and funding recommendations.
Project period: March, 2001

Pickaway County – City of Circleville, Ohio
Project description: Toured proposed route and performed analysis; prepared report on feasibility, timelines and funding opportunities. Made a presentation to Rotary club.
Project period: March, 2001

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Project Description: performed field analysis of proposed greenway/trail plan for the city.
Project period: September, 2002

Montgomery County – Centerville Washington Park District
Project description: developed Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant for City of Centerville and the Park District for trail development. City opted not to submit due to other issues.|
Project period: January, 2003

Fayette, Highland and Ross Counties – Tri-County Triangle Trail
Project description: Toured 52-mile corridor by land and air and developed cost estimate for construction of 39.55 miles of trail and 21 bridges along with acquisition of 11 unsecured parcels.
Project period: November, 2003 – February, 2004

Highland County – City of Greenfield
Project description: researched and collected all information to author grant application to ODNR for Clean Ohio Trail Funds to acquire 11 miles of abandoned railroad corridor.
Project period: January, 2004

Highland County – Highland County Trails, Inc.
Project Description: Develop route for trail to connect from City of Greenfield to Paint Creek State Park and on to Rocky Fork State Park via separated bikeway and signed rod route for a distance of 18.6 miles. Developed cost estimate for construction utilizing existing rights-of-way.
Project period: January – February, 2004

Clinton County – City of Wilmington, Ohio
Project description: tour options for bicycle route connecting two trails; wrote recommendations and submitted to trail group.
Project period: April, 2005

Ohio River Way - Oasis Line Trail
Project Description: Assessment of development of an active rail with trail project corridor. Toured corridor and made recommendations to facilitate development of a paved trail from Lunken Airport to Downtown Cincinnati. Drafted a report to the Ohio River Way group.
Project period:  November, 2014

Wayne County – Ohio To Erie Trail, Heart of Ohio Route
Project Description: Assessment of development of a trail corridor. Toured area of interest with president of Ohio To Erie Trail, Mayor of Orrville, Ohio and adjoining property owner to investigate possibility of trail development which would accommodate a paved trail along with an access road for farm equipment and operations. Drafted recommendations and submitted to Ohio TO Erie Trail president.

Grants

Rarely are there sufficient local dollars to develop the trail you have in mind. Trails can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per mile. There are national and sometimes state grants available to fund your trail project. We can help you find eligible grants for your project and create a grant package that will attract funding for your project.

Our Experience

  • Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Ohio NatureWorks Program
  • Recreation Trails Program
  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Clean Ohio Trail Fund
  • Clean Ohio Fund
  • TEA21, ISTEA and SAFETEA – LU enhancement programs

Cost Estimates

Everyone wants to know the bottom line. We look at potential funding sources and then consider local construction costs for similar work in developing cost estimates for your project. We can pro-rate costs for the projected year of construction. We have a good record of bids coming in under budget.