To help articulate the land use vision the Township engaged the services of Lane Kendig, a land use planner recognized nationally for his methods of managing growth in ways that preserve and protect the existing rural landscape and the environmentally important natural areas in contains. Over a decade ago, Township stakeholders embraced land use planning and development processes recommended by Lane Kendig, and these same principles are just now being expressed as desirable by numerous Ohioans. Jefferson Township implemented many procedures. A primary tool used by the township is an element of performance zoning -- allowing higher density in less obtrusive areas of a site in exchange for retention of meaningful areas of open space. Our zoning category most popular with the development community requires a minimum of 35 percent open space -- much higher than almost any other community in central Ohio.Our high development and design standards, used in concert with our willingness to work with developers, has allowed growth to be less intrusive on the existing landscape while keeping service costs down. Planning and visioning sessions among Township stakeholders help confirm that consensus for our goals is strong and sets the direction for those in charge of service delivery. Our land use map, for example, triggered development of water and sewer master plans and a study/recommendation for fire service infrastructure needs.The decision to allow and provide the tools for development where development must occur due to pressures of growth, while maintaining good growth management practices, has and will continue to work well in Jefferson Township.