Ohio does not have a CSS program at this time. Nevertheless, ODOT started to focus attention on improving the look of the state's highway system in 2000. Since then the department has been working with community members and local stakeholders to learn about their concerns and plan projects with those concerns in mind. Additionally, ODOT has been incorporating aesthetic features by using simple, low-cost designs involving color, texture and pattern.
By incorporating design aesthetic techniques such as a design workshop into an already established Public Involvement Plan, stakeholders, including community members, will have the opportunity to share their varying project concerns. The goal of a design workshop is to offer an opportunity to share information and explore issues regarding the proposed project. This open discussion will provide opportunities to reach consensus. Design the agenda to encourage everyone to freely share ideas and opinions as well as listen to others. A professional facilitator is required for such a meeting. ODOT has several facilitators with experience in this type of meeting on staff or a consultant with this experience may be selected.