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History of the RPCC

Greene County, having a traditionally farming and small town character, experienced dynamic growing pains in the 1950s and 1960s.  Population increased by 61% and 32% each decade, respectively.  It was the fourth fastest growing county in Ohio during that era and the fastest outside the Cleveland metropolitan area. In 1973, the County Commissioners proposed to have the Regional Planning & Coordinating Commission replace the existing 11-member Greene County Planning Commission comprised of the three Commissioners and 8 people appointed by the County Commissioners.  The jurisdictions agreed to form a regional planning commission composed of an elected representative of each of the twenty-two (22) political subdivisions in Greene County at the time, along with the three members of the County Commission. To augment the RPCC and foster coordination, all appointed and elected department heads of the County, as well as municipal and township department heads, serve as ex-officio members.

The RPCC began operations in January, 1974 with a staff of four employees.  Much of the work during the first year of operation was in response to the April 3, 1974 tornado that devastated Xenia and the Wilberforce area.  RPCC developed a sketch plan for Wilberforce and worked with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) in putting a recovery plan together for Xenia.  A screening model for attracting industries was developed and RPCC staff assisted former Kroehler Furniture employees in a furniture start-up business.  The first county-wide comprehensive land use plan, Perspectives 2000, was adopted in 1978 after a series of reports on the physiography, population, economic base, utility services and existing land use pattern were completed. 

The Regional Planning & Coordinating Commission was tasked with economic development in its early years until the County Commissioners formed a separate department in the 1980s.  The RPCC played a key role in looking at recreational development, assisting with the startup of the Blue Jacket outdoor drama.  The RPCC also served as the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau from its inception in 1981 to 1987. 

Commission Members & Alternates
 Regional Planning & Coordinating Commission of Greene County
Members and Alternates for 2016

 JURISDICTION

MEMBER

ALTERNATE

 Greene County  Tom Koogler  None
 Greene County  Alan Anderson  None
 Greene County  Robert Glaser  None
 Bath Township  Tom Pitstick  Steve Ross
 Beavercreek Township  Jeffrey M. Roberts  Thomas J. Kretz
 Caesarscreek Township  Don Van Tress  Andrew Bledsoe
 Cedarville Township  Kent Campbell  Taylor Minor
 Jefferson Township  Mark Klingler  None
 Miami Township  Chris Mucher  Mark Crockett
 New Jasper Township  Mike Rasey  Kathi Bingamon
 Ross Township  Steve Hart  Mike Brown
 Silvercreek Township  Anthony Whaley  James Gordon Dwyer
 Spring Valley Township  Carrie Smith  John DeWine
 Sugarcreek Township  Mike Pittman  Nadine Daugherty
 Xenia Township  Steve Combs  Scott Miller
 City of Beavercreek  Non-Member   Non-Member
 City of Bellbrook  Dona Seger-Lawson  Bob Baird
 Village of Bowersville   Non-Member   Non-Member
 Village of Cedarville   Non-Member   Non-Member
 City of Centerville   Non-Member   Non-Member
 Village of Clifton  Anthony Satariano  Alex Bieri
 City of Fairborn   Non-Member   Non-Member
 Village of Jamestown  Les Cox  Dale Watson
 City of Kettering   Non-Member   Non-Member
 Village of Spring Valley  Gloria Graziano  None
 City of Xenia   Non-Member   Non-Member
 Village of Yellow Springs  Karen Wintrow  Gerald Simms


RPCC Staff

Kenneth A. LeBlanc - Executive Director
Tamara J. Ennist - Current Planner
Rhonda L. Painter - Administrative Assistant


RPCC ByLaws

The Regional Planning and Coordinating Commission of Greene County was formed under Section 713.21 of the Ohio Revised Code and operates under a set of adopted bylaws.  A copy of the Bylaws can be found here: RPCC ByLaws