Since 2013, Irvine residents have expected to see as many as 9,500 homes built around the Great Park, under an agreement between the city and developer FivePoint Holdings.,Now the upper limit could grow to 10,556 homes, after FivePoint affiliate Heritage Fields asked recently to change how some of the homes are counted – subtracting the affordable units that are being built and providing leeway to build more homes overall.,FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad said Monday the proposal would simply use the city’s existing rules meant to encourage development of affordable housing, and adding more homes of any kind could help ease traffic by allowing some of the thousands of people who commute to jobs in Irvine to live there as well.,FivePoint is using a city rule to designate all the affordable homes as “additive,” which means they wouldn’t count toward the total number that can be built, so the developer could build that many more market-rate homes.,It’s the first time the city has gotten a request to change the designation of already-built homes, and it’s the first request to use the city’s “additive” provision on a project that already took advantage of a state law granting the right to build more homes if the project includes a certain percentage for low-income residents, according to a city report.

Seneca Regional Planning Commission and CT Consultants, a firm developing a multi-jurisdictional comprehensive plan for Seneca County, took another step toward their ultimate goal Monday when they hosted a community forum to gather public input.,During his introduction, Mayor Aaron Montz said Seneca County decided to take an overall approach to strategic planning rather than each political entity creating its own plan.,Montz and Chris Hopkins, of CT Consultants, said the overall vision created so far in the planning process includes making Seneca County:

• A leader in leveraging our assets (people, places, resources) within a balanced, sustainable framework in a manner that honors our past, strengthens our existing assets, and anticipates, plans for and embraces the future.,Hopkins provided an overview of the planning process so far as well as background on Seneca County.,So far, she said the planning process has included meeting with stakeholders in each of the participating entities, an online survey to be completed by everyone in the county, a steering committee and now the public forums. read more

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Seneca County residents have their chance to help set goals for the next 20 years in the county as well as the cities of Tiffin and Fostoria and Seneca County Park District.,Seneca Regional Planning Commission and CT Consulting, the company putting together the county’s comprehensive plan, are inviting residents to attend one of three meetings where they can add their input about the topics important to them.,The 20-year plan under construction is designed to guide future growth in Seneca County, the county park district and the cities of Tiffin and Fostoria.,A session focusing on Tiffin and the central part of the county is set for 6 p.m. Monday at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St. Another meeting aimed at residents of Fostoria and the western part of the county is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fostoria Learning Center, 343 Perry St., Fostoria.,However, Seneca Regional Planning Executive Director Charlene Watkins said people can attend any meeting they choose.