Community group hopes to guide future of Buckeye Lake

BUCKEYE LAKE, OH (WCMH) — The last of three planning meetings for the future of the Buckeye Lake Region was held Friday night.

This ‘Closing Presentation’ concluded the public participation portion of the process.

Architects from a company out of Miami called DPZ have been meeting with local stakeholders since Sunday.

They took the imaginings of the residents and translated them into renderings.

The four areas of the lake that were focused on were: Downtown Millersport and along the canal; Fairfield Beach; Thorn TWP; and the Rt. 79 corridor of Buckeye Lake, from I-70 to the Yacht Clubs’ Eastport boat yard.

Residents believe the entire effort will give the communities more control over the development of the Buckeye Lake region.

On one hand, the over-arching style was surprisingly similar across all four communities, according to some residents.

The concepts captured by the artists maintain the quaint feel of the communities along the lake.

Absent from the renderings are a representation of sprawl, something the communities all agree they would like to avoid.

Still, these are all just concepts.

In order to get architecturally accurate drawings based off of zoning ordinances and regulations, the company will have to come back for another round.

But that will cost more money, so the next step is for the Buckeye Lake 2030 Alliance to raise money for that effort.

Ultimately, the community’s shared goal is to return Buckeye Lake to the jewel and state attraction it once was.

But this time they don’t want it to be tied to a seasonal attraction, like the failed amusement park.

They are looking for sustainability to propel them forward and provide a beautiful place for their children to live.

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