Oakland Rural Village Focal Point Plan (Complete Document)
This Focal Point Plan includes policy statements that parallel those in the Comprehensive Plan and that are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. The following policies are hereby established:
ORV-1 New development should be planned to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of the overall quality of life in the community. Land use provisions in the Comprehensive Plan and this Focal Point Plan are intended to foster compatible development while accommodating economic and social reality and recognizing and preserving the rural heritage and landscape.
ORV-2 The rural village appearance of the primary entrance corridors into the City of Oakland should be preserved and maintained. Open fields and cropland now exist along these corridors and provide the traveler with a sense of the rural nature of the community. All necessary precautions should be taken to help preserve these view sheds. Setbacks, lot widths, landscaping and fencing and other design elements should be reviewed on any development to ensure compliance with this policy.
ORV-3 To help prevent premature development of land at urban densities, the maintenance of agricultural land use on a permanent basis is encouraged. The preservation of rural farmland, valuable woodland, and open spaces should be pursued where possible. To help achieve this goal, the City of Oakland should examine the possibilities of purchasing or receiving donations of permanent conservation easements from adjacent land owners of agricultural land.
ORV-4 Development of any urban density residential or commercial development should be consistent in size and scale with the rural character of the landscape. Any proposed urban density development must undergo timeliness, suitability, and compatibility assessments under the Comprehensive Plan. It is important to the overall appearance of the community that the rural character be maintained.
ORV-5 New development must be consistent with any overlay district adopted for any portion of the Focal Point. To ensure the consistency and conformity of new development to the existing rural village "feel", an overlay district should be developed and adopted by the Oakland City Commission and Warren County Fiscal Court. This overlay district would specify the design criteria for building renovation and construction.
ORV-6 New commercial development within the Oakland Focal Point should be of a neighborhood scale in size, character, and use. Commercial development within the focal point should be designed to serve the needs of the local residents.
ORV-7 New industrial development within the Oakland Focal Point is not encouraged. Industrial uses are expected to have some environmental impact, however minimal, on the community in which it locates. Noise, soil, air, and light impacts, as well as other environmental factors, cannot be easily accommodated in the rural village atmosphere.
ORV-8 Development of new recreation opportunities should be pursued and should offer linkage to the proposed Green Belt system of Warren County. The Green Belt System Master Plan for Warren County was completed in 1999 and indicated the importance of Oakland as Warren County's smallest incorporated city. The Master Plan stated that the community has "excellent potential for full trailhead development and will be developed as a point to which people can drive and park, walk the city's quaint streets, enjoy local shops and restaurants, and then bicycle in northeast Warren County".