This isn't really an exact answer to your question – but your post looked lonely out there unanswered and, as someone who is involved in local government tax-based incentives on a regular basis, I certainly understand where you are coming from.
In Ohio, a CRA, or community reinvestment area, is largely a tax exemption/abatement tool which promotes investment in areas which it covers but does not involve the master plan creation to which you referred. That sounds more like Ohio's new Downtown Redevelopment Districts, akin to a TIF, which allow for service payments to go toward a wider variety of purposes than a typical TIF (public infrastructure). DRDs allow for those funds to instead be spent for things like loans or grants to historic building owners, for loans to non-historic building owners, as well as for contributions to SIDs (special improvement districts) or non-profit organizations that are involved in historic building rehab.
DRDs cannot be established in residential areas.
That shared, I am aware of the cities in Ohio which have DRDs or have/are considering them and I would be happy to share that information with you.
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