April 2017  

OCASLA Advocacy Success in H.B. 49!


Sales tax base expansion


R.C. 5739.01, 5739.02

Imposes, beginning October 1, 2017, the sales and use tax on the following services: cosmetic surgery and similar non-medically necessary procedures; lobbying by state- or federally-registered lobbyists; repossession; cable service; landscape design; interior design and decorating; travel agent services. Specifies that transactions between members of an affiliated group for the services, excluding cosmetic surgery, would not be made taxable. (An "affiliatedgroup," for this purpose is defined to be two or more persons related such that one person owns or controls the business operation of another member of the group.)

We would like to thank our Legislative Committee lead by our Lobbyist Luther Liggett, Esq., as well as all those that attended our In-State Advocacy Day on May 3 at the Ohio Statehouse. Our collective efforts, including writing letters to the finance committee, and our In-State Advocacy day, have successfully lobbied to defeat this provision.

Feel free to reach out to our Executive Committee with any questions or concerns you may have at

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Christopher H. Manning Elevated to ASLA Fellowship

Christopher Manning, of Human Nature Inc., received his nomination, in Leadership/Management, from the Ohio Chapter. As a public servant, Manning leads by listening. His inspired ideas for park design and sustainable community improvement have dramatically influenced Greater Cincinnati’s urban renaissance and the connectivity of the entire region. Among his many volunteer efforts, he was successful in bringing the acclaimed Cincinnati Flower Show back to the urban core on the city’s riverfront.

He has motivated hundreds of aspiring young designers, both as a teacher and through his firm’s outreach.  His sanitation district plan for northern Kentucky is now a stormwater laboratory and public park that incorporates a host of firsts in the region, including a green roof, rain harvesting, porous pavements, bioswales, wetlands, retention basins and step pools. His successful master plans include two LEED Gold campuses and one Platinum.

Congratulations Chris!

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OCASLA In Action for National and State Advocacy Day

ASLA National Advocacy Day - April 27th in Washington D.C.

OCASLA Executive Committee members met with staff people from Senator Sherrod Brown over coffee to talk about infrastructure. They also met with staff from Senator Rob Portman to discuss conserving our natural resources, as well as Representatives Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty to discuss funding of critical infrastructure programs.

They discussed the following federal programs this year in relationship to the president’s proposed budget: Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

They also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development. Additional information about this can be downloaded HERE. Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.

OCASLA In-State Advocacy Day - May 3rd in Columbus, Ohio

Roughly 15 OCASLA members met with the following state Senators and Representatives:

  •      Senator Frank LaRose (R, Copley), Chair, Transp., Commerce & Workforce Comm.
  •      Senator Stephanie Kunze (R, Columbus), V. Chair, Transp., Ag., HHS, Ins. & Finan.
  •      Rep. Ron Young (R, LeRoy), Chair, Econ Dev, Commerce, & Labor Committee
  •      Rep. Heather Bishoff (D, Blacklick), Ranking Minority, State & Local Govt.  Comm.
  •      Rep. Bill Blessing (R, Cincinnati), Engineer; Chair, Govt Acct. &. Oversight Comm.



Advocacy volunteers broke off into small groups to meet with the legislators, and discussed the profession of landscape architecture, and those implemented projects that impacted our state. They also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development.

At the end of the day, OCASLA held a reception at Bar 41 at the Renaissance Hotel for advocates to share stories from the day and handed out April Editions of LAM, Your LAND and this infrastructure piece. Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.

In conclusion, thank you to all the volunteers and our lobbyist, Luther Liggett for your time and energy advocating for these important issues!

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Jeannie Martin, FASLA Elected to ASLA VP of Legislative Affairs

The election of the ASLA VPs was made by the Board of Trustees at the Midyear Meeting on April 28-29. Congratulations Jeannie! Best wishes and good luck!

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Chris Fleming, PE, LEED AP, Named to Ohio Landscape Architects Board

Governor John Kasich has named Chris Fleming, PE, LEED AP to serve on the Ohio Landscape Architects Board as the Allied Professional Member. Mr. Fleming will serve a five-year term on the Board. He is an Engineer/Designer with Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. Fleming is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and resides in Ashville, Ohio.


About the Board:

The Ohio Landscape Architects Board is comprised of landscape architects, allied professionals and consumers dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety and welfare by:


  •          Regulating the Landscape Architectural practice in Ohio;
  •          Creating opportunities to raise the levels of professional practice;
  •          Monitoring the adequacy of candidates entrance into the profession by national examination;
  •          Informing the public and consumer groups about the role of the profession and expectation of practice.

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2017 HALS Challenge: Documenting City or Town Park(s)

For the 2017 HALS Challenge, we invite you to document a historic city or town park. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial with the Find Your Park movement to spread the word about the amazing national parks and the inspirational stories they tell about our diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It’s also about local parks and the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture and make new discoveries. With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are becoming more important than ever.

Short format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31. The HALS Short Format History Guidelines, brochure, and digital template may be downloaded from the HALS website.

For information about the 2016 HALS Challenge winners, visit The Field. For more information about the Challenge or for questions or comments about HALS, please contact Chris Stevens at

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OCASLA Awards Winner Spotlight: Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center & Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape at the Cincinnati Nature Center

Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center
Columbus, Ohio

Design Constructed - Honor Award


Riverside Hospital has long been a landmark along busy Highway 315 north of downtown Columbus. Over time piecemeal additions and modifications to the building and site created challenges for vehicular wayfinding and safe pedestrian movement from parking to the hospital’s front door.  Construction of a new Neuroscience tower created an opportunity not only to improve the hospital’s medical capabilities but also the performance of the site functionally, sustainably and experientially.


Read the full description and view all the images for the Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape at the Cincinnati Nature Center

Milford, Ohio

Design: Constructed - Honor Award

POD Design and Rachel Robinson Design Landscape Architecture, llc

Located at the Cincinnati Nature Center, the Marge and Charles Schott Nature PlayScape provides a unique environment for children of all ages to play, build, explore, and learn. In an effort to enhance the natural experience and extend the budget for the project the landscape architects championed for extensive reuse of on-site materials. The design resulted in a nature play space rich with opportunities for creative play while blending seamlessly with the surrounding region. 


Read the full description and view all the images for the Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

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Ohio APLD Presents: Amanda Patton, Award Winning Garden Designer from Britain

Amanda Patton will be giving two lectures on the art of design. She describes, “The focus of my talks are the principles and elements of art as they are used (or not!) in garden design. I take the most important of these and show paintings to illustrate the principle/element followed by garden images that demonstrate them in practice.”

Cost is $55 and  includes continental breakfast & lunch, as well as access to the Franklin Conservatory Park Gardens; APLD Members $45. Send registration check to the APLD by downloading the Order Form at this link.

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: May 17, 2017

Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

Please click here to current postings.

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Rachel Robinson Design Landscape Architecture is a small firm committed to strong design impacting meaningful change.  We strive to enrich the lives of others while improving the environment. We design an array of interesting projects working collaboratively with other professionals and contractors to meet the objectives of every client.  Our design work is varied, interesting, challenging and provides opportunity to learn and make a difference daily.  The firm is located in Mt. Adams, one mile from downtown Cincinnati and a half mile from Eden Park.

Main Responsibilities include:

 Assist in all phases of design including drawing production work, site analysis, conceptual to master planning, cost Estimating, design development, construction documents, bidding and site observation.


  •        Proficiency in AutoCad, Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Microsoft Office
  •        Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture or related design field. 
  •        One to two years of experience in Landscape Architecture, preferred
  •        Strong communication and teamwork skills with an open, friendly demeanor
  •        Excellent attention to detail, time management, prioritization, organizational skills
  •        Experience working independently
  •        Ability to work remotely


The position is 30-35 hours week, Monday-Friday.  No travel required.  To learn more about Rachel Robinson Design, please visit our website  Qualified candidates, please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to  Competitive compensation.


Position Title: Park Planner
First Line Report: Planning Manager
Second Line Report: Director of Planning & Operations
Supervises: None
Employee Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Summary: The Park Planner assists the Planning & Operations Department in the identification and implementation of the long term Strategic Plan and subsequent Annual Plan of Operations for the department.  Primary duties include providing individual project assistance in all phases of the design process for multiple projects along with other various duties to be assigned as determined by the Planning Manager. This position is suitable for transitional duty.
Primary Responsibilities                                           
Assists the Department in the development and implementation of the Annual Plan of Operations (APO).......................................50%
  •  Performs tasks associated with individual project development including but not limited to; site analysis, conceptual design, grant writing, master planning, design development, cost estimating, construction document preparation, public bidding, construction administration and field representation
  • Administers outside contracts for all phases of the project design process including but not limited to; professional surveying, geotechnical investigations, wetland delineations, project design and construction document preparations, construction administration and field representation
  • Develops and maintains a data base of MCMP properties, facilities, infrastructure and natural resources.
  • Prepares estimates for the Department budget
  • Coordinates Department reviews of proposed projects to gain and sustain organizational consensus
Assists the Department in preparing planning documents, presentations, permitting and standards..............................................40%
  • Prepares presentation level graphic plans and supporting documentation utilizing ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Programs and all other programs as necessary
  • Develops and maintains departmental operating standards for graphic development programs including AutoCAD and ArcView GIS
  • May prepare and deliver presentations to the Board of Park Commissioners, public groups, civic organizations, the general public and MCMP staff
  • Coordinates and prepares required permits and regulatory agency reviews including but not limited to; MSWCD, OEPA, USACE, Board of Health and other regulatory agencies
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Assists the Department with the development and implementation of natural resource management duties........................................10%
  • Participates in the management of and field related activities associated with the protection, conservation and preservation of existing MCMP natural resources and sustainable biodiversity, including but not limited to habitat, wetland & stream restoration projects, invasive species control and wildlife management and ecological biodiversity
  • Participates in the field inventory and analysis associated with potential land acquisition activities
Essential Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate in verbal, print and electronic formats with peers, MCMP staff, consultants and the general public
  • Must be highly skilled in the realm of public speaking, presentations and interaction
  • Ability to work with various disciplines and departments in a collaborative manner towards a common goal
  • Must be able to maintain a continuous positive attitude and professional appearance at all times
  • Must be highly organized, efficient and be able to handle multiple, complex tasks concurrently
  • Must possess proficient knowledge and technological skills needed to carry out the duties of the position including but not limited to proficiency in the current version of GPS Systems, ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and future programs as developed and acquired
  • Knowledge of industry trends and techniques pertaining to the fields of Landscape Architecture, Park Planning and Natural Resources
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning or Civil Engineering related fields from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of zero to three (0-3) years professional experience
  • Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Ohio Driver's License
Physical Requirements Necessary to Perform Job Functions
  • Ability to walk, traverse or otherwise access all MetroParks properties, under all types of conditions and weather
  • Ability to stand, sit, bend or stoop for extended periods of time
  • Ability to see and hear clearly
  • Hand and finger dexterity, ability to use computer keyboard and writing utencils
  • Ability to effectively communicate oral presentations
  • Able to travel by car, bus, train, or plane, etc.
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds
Job Requirement
The positon is required to be available as the situation warrants.  Events may require working evenings, weekends, holidays or other times outside of what is considered a normal schedule.  Typical periods of work may exceed 40 hours per week.
The duties and responsibilities listed are not set forth for the purpose of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.  Mill Creek MetroParks expressly reserves the right to add to, detract from, modify or eliminate any of the above provisions in its sole discretion.

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