OKI: Innovative tools to take advantage of the Ohio River, find a charging station for electric vehicles, urban heat, fiscal impact

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Despite the challenges of COVID-19, OKI (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments) has worked throughout the pandemic to produce innovative tools to improve the region’s quality of life and economic vitality.

Here are summaries and links to our most recent maps and apps:


Digital Guide to Ohio River Recreation

The Ohio River Digital Recreation Guide is a user-friendly, real-time planning and resource guide for anyone looking to explore the Ohio River and the communities along its banks, whether by sea or land. The guide identifies amenities such as marinas, boat launches, fueling docks, campgrounds, parks, bike paths, and historic points of interest on and along the 274 stretch. miles from the Ohio River Recreation Trail (ORRT), from Portsmouth, Ohio, to West Point, Ky.

The guide includes links to river community websites, allowing travelers to explore accommodation and dining options, as well as special events, history, and other attractions in each city. The US Coast Guard backs the guide, impressed by the emphasis on safe rivers and boaters.

OKI EV charging station locator

The OKI EV Charging Station Location Map can be used to find ideal locations for Level 2 and DC Fast Charging Stations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Simply enter an address or choose a location on the interactive map and the app returns a detailed EV charger analysis of the location.

The analysis includes nearby traffic counts, amenities (shopping malls, malls and restaurants), distance to the nearest EV charging station, distance to the alternative fuel lane for EV on nearest, highest functional classified road within a quarter mile and a detailed map of the location.

Urban heat island tool

OKI’s Urban Heat Island Map tool finds the areas most affected by the urban heat island effect. Since the cause of UHI are large parking lots and buildings, the most effective solutions for communities are to use zoning to minimize the building footprint and size of parking lots wherever possible, then d ‘use / require shade trees in and around these structures to help mitigate the effect.

The map identifies the areas within a community that are currently most affected, and what types of land use are associated with these “hot spots”.

Budget impact analysis template

OKI’s Tax Impact Analysis Model (FIAM) is a “new and improved” tool and free scenario planning service designed specifically for local governments. It allows decision-makers to better understand the budgetary implications of land use planning proposals.

The tool can help guide policy decisions on land use; allow for integration of land use and budgetary considerations; bring a realistic idea of ​​the costs of growth into the public debate; and gain an understanding of the likely demands for services and the impacts of capital assets.

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