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Cleanstreams Northeast

This project began in May 2010 and finished in October 2011.

Franklin County planners and a range of stakeholders drafted an amendment to the Franklin County Zoning Resolution to establish buffer zones around streams in the Alum Creek and Big Walnut Creek watersheds. The stream buffer regulation was developed with extensive public and stakeholder input.

Planning area boundaries

The regulation applies to the unincorporated portions of Clinton and Mifflin Townships in the Alum Creek and Big Walnut Creek watersheds.

Planning process
Prior to starting the Clean Streams Northeast project, Franklin County worked with the townships to develop a vision for their communities in the future. Hundreds of stakeholders participated in the planning process during public workshops, meetings and stakeholder interviews. Participants supported adopting stream buffer regulations to protect the environment and water quality.

Following the community visioning projects, we initiated the Clean Streams Northeast project to help achieve the communities’ vision for a healthy and protected environment.

Final approval

We held many public meetings and information sessions throughout the process, and met with community groups and Township Boards of Trustees to explain the regulation. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved the Clean Streams Northeast regulation on October 10, 2011.

The commissioners’ final action followed approvals by the Franklin County Planning Commission and Franklin County Rural Zoning Commission. A total of seven public hearings were held by the three boards, resulting in numerous revisions to address residents' concerns. The final adopted regulation took effect on November 11, 2011.

Clean Streams Northeast regulation

The regulation is part of the Franklin County Zoning Resolution.
Clean Streams Northeast Regulation


Accurate data is essential to locating stream buffer areas and our maps are based on the best available data. Stream locations should be field-verified for accuracy prior to beginning any property improvements. Visit our GIS page for an interactive map of stream buffers.

Franklin County interactive stream buffer map

Additional information

We completed the Clean Streams Northeast regulation after researching the importance of stream buffers and how they are implemented in other communities.

Background and educational information


John O'Grady President
Marilyn Brown
Kevin L. Boyce