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City of Dayton

Dayton Forward: 2040 Comprehensive Plan (2023)

The Dayton Forward: 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a policy document approved by the City Commission to guide future planning efforts and development within the City. The ten sections in the Dayton Forward Comprehensive Plan are: Economic Development, Equity, Future Land Use Map, Historic Preservation, Housing, Land Reutilization, Mobility, Open Space, Strategic Vision & Land Use Principles, and Sustainability.

Dayton Active Transportation Plan (2023)

The Dayton Active Transportation plan shares a vision for a city where people of all ages and abilities have access to affordable, safe, and convenient methods of cycling, walking, and other types of micro-mobility. Programs, policies, and infrastructure projects are identified to achieve this vision, including new bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian improvements, and intersection safety enhancements. These projects were prioritized to help staff secure funding as it becomes available and to ensure that investments occur with a focus on equity and safety.

Dayton Riverfront Plan (2018)

The Dayton Riverfront Plan includes an overall framework for the greater downtown area and river corridors as well as conceptual designs to improve ten riverfront parks and connect into the regional paved trail network.

Dayton Transportation Plan 2040 (2017) [158 MB]

The Dayton Transportation Plan 2040 serves as a guide for the design of transportation projects through utilizing the concept of Complete Streets which are designed to enable safe and convenient access regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.

Design Guidelines: Creating a Quality Environment (1990)

The purpose of this document is to establish a standard in physical design to improve the quality of the visual and functional environment of Dayton's neighborhoods. This document was updated February 22, 2013.

City of Dayton Livable Streets Policy (2010)

The City of Dayton Livable Streets Policy puts forth a vision, purpose, set of goals, and list of directives to consider when identifying, planning, scoping, and designing all City of Dayton roadway projects, ranging from simple maintenance to comprehensive reconstruction. The Policy additionally, supports other City planning efforts to promote alternative forms of transportation

City of Dayton Roadway Plan (1984)

The City of Dayton’s Roadway Plan contains a compilation of recommendations and needed infrastructure improvements on roadways and thoroughfares in order to maximize the economic development potential of opportunity areas that are either not or under-utilized.

Community Development

Community Development oversees the planning, administration, and management of projects and funding associated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Dayton is an Entitlement Community that receives annual allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding.

2021-2025 Consolidated Plan (2021)

On a five-year basis, the City must update its Consolidated Plan that guides the administration, goals, and management of HUD funding. The 2021 – 2025 establishes the primary focus areas, current geographical and socio-economic landscape, and goals for the City to address during each year of the Consolidated Plan.

Downtown Land Use Area

The City’s central planning districts of Downtown, Webster Station, Oregon, Midtown, South Park, and University Park are included in the Downtown Land Use Area. These districts are bordered on the north and west by the Great Miami and Stillwater Rivers and on the south by the corporate city line. Ranging from skyscrapers to dense residential neighborhoods this area has diverse land uses and has seen exciting developments in recent years.

Downtown Streetscape Guidelines & Corridor Plan (2020)

Built on previous plans, the Downtown Streetscape Guidelines & Corridor Plan sets the placemaking vision for downtown Dayton over the next 15 years. The Plan seeks to reimagine, reactivate, and reconnect the street-level of the downtown core to create a robust environment that will catalyze economic activity for decades to come.

Greater Downtown Dayton Plan (2010)

The Greater Dayton Plan is a long-term, strategic blueprint for creating a more vibrant, thriving center city by building on the Greater Downtown’s existing assets to enhance it as a regional economic engine

North Central Land Use Area

The North Central Land Use Area contains 20 different planning districts and is bounded by Harrison Township and Trotwood to the north, the Miami River and West Land Use Area to the south, the Stillwater River to the east, and Trotwood and the West Land Use Area to the west. This area is largely residential but contains major corridors such as Salem Avenue and North Main Street and 6 of the 13 locally designated Historic Districts in the City.

Northwest Dayton Neighborhood Vision (2020)

Northwest Dayton Neighborhood Vision is a document that integrates all planning efforts in Northwest Dayton and FROC and sets forward a path toward redevelopment through a place and asset-based investment approach.

North Main Street Corridor Plan (2018)

The North Main Street Corridor Plan covers North Main Street from I-75 to the City of Dayton’s north corporation line and is meant to serve a strategic document and road map to guide community, decision making and investment properties over the next decade.

Northeast Land Use Area

The Northeast Land Use Area contains 15 different planning districts and is the largest planning district in the City of Dayton. Northeast is bounded by Miami and Stillwater rivers to the west, Riverside to the east, Huber Heights and Harrison Township to the north, and the Downtown and Southeast Land Use Areas to the south. This area is largely industrial and contains major corridors such as: Keowee and Webster Street, Troy Street, Valley Street, and East Third Street.

Northeast Dayton Neighborhood Vision (2020)

The purpose of Northeast Dayton Neighborhood Vision is to integrate all planning efforts in Northeast Dayton, identify gaps in the planning, and provide a singular vision that allows for flexibility and a multitude of redevelopment opportunities.

Southeast Land Use Area

The Southeast Land Use Area is bounded by US-35 to the north, Riverside and Kettering to the east, Kettering to the south, and Oakwood and Woodland Cemetery to the west. While mostly residential, Southeast Dayton has several large parks and small centers of commercial activity. Major corridors include Wayne Avenue, running from downtown south and east through the center of the geography; Wilmington Avenue and Shroyer Road, connecting Dayton to the suburbs south of the city; Smithville Road, joining Northeast and Southeast Dayton; Xenia Avenue, spanning the length of Twin Towers; Watervliet Avenue, bridging residential and commercial uses in Belmont; and Patterson Road, which intersects several other corridors, creating opportunities for accessible restaurants and retail.

Southeast Dayton Neighborhood Vision (2021)

Southeast Dayton Neighborhood Vision integrates all planning efforts in Southeast Dayton. The plan identifies gaps in planning, identifies opportunities to connect and strengthen the existing neighborhoods, and provides a singular vision that allows for flexibility and clear redevelopment opportunities.

West Land Use Area

West Land Use area combines the planning districts of Inner West and Southwest. The borders of West Land Use area are Wolf Creek to the north, and the Great Miami River to the east. Adjacent jurisdictions include Harrison Township, Jefferson Township, and Trotwood. US 35 bisects the West running east/west and allows for major north/south corridors like James H. McGee Blvd and Gettysburg Ave to have great vehicular connectivity. West Third Street and Germantown Road are other major thoroughfares running through West Dayton.

Pineview Neighborhood Plan (2020)

The Pineview Neighborhood plan focuses on identifying neighborhood priorities, developing long-term strategies to strengthen and grow the neighborhood, and prioritizing opportunities for additional placemaking.

Carillon-Edgemont Neighborhood Plan (2018)

The Carillon-Edgemont Neighborhood Plan covers the two planning districts of Carillon and Edgemont and is meant to serve as a guide to create a blueprint for the communities’ future that captures resident’s hope and aspirations and sets the stage for future investment.

Miami-Chapel Choice Plan (2018)

The Miami-Chapel Choice Plan aims to rebuilding the fabric of the Greater Miami Chapel neighborhood through the creation of new housing, improved infrastructure, and strengthened social supports.

Greater West Dayton Corridor Plan (2017)

The Greater West Dayton Corridor Plan provides a guide that integrates the City of Dayton’s asset and place-based economic strategy to impact and improve overall community confidence in the future of the City along major strategic corridors in the West Land Use Area.

West Dayton Neighborhoods Vision (2019)

West Dayton Neighborhoods Vision is a document that integrates all planning efforts in West Dayton and sets forward a path toward redevelopment through a place and asset-based investment approach. The plan emphasizes the reunification of the northern and southern halves of West Dayton that were bisected by the construction of U.S. 35 and the strengthening of strategic corridors.