Developer Andrew Brickman of Abode changed his plans for redeveloping the Mandley-Vetrovsky Funeral Home property in Fairview Park, dropping his proposal for townhouses and proposing a new 60,000- to 80,000-square-foot office building. The concept requires approval from the Cleveland Metroparks, who control an easement on the property. A residential-to-office rezoning is also needed, which voters will decide in November.
zoning News Archive
18 July 2013
30 June 2013
West Life looked at how Lakewood's Birdtown neighborhood has become home to independent businesses and an urban farm. Lakewood City Council is considering a proposal to create a mixed use zoning overlay for the neighborhood.
Update: residents and city officials discussed neighborhood issues at a community meeting.
27 May 2013
Voters in Broadview Heights and Solon passed zoning issues in the May 7 primary election. Issue 1 in Broadview Heights established a a conversion corridor along Royalton Road, and Issue 2 in Broadview Heights created the Town Center Special Planning District. (The Plain Dealer's Steven Litt recently critiqued the town center plans.) In Solon, Issue 8 rezoned a 2.5-acre parcel from retail to office and Issue 9 rezoned a 5.7-acre property for an auto dealer expansion. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has complete election results.
Meanwhile, Lorain County voters rejected a countywide transit levy. The County will return more than $1.5 million in unused federal transportation funding because it has not fulfilled its 20% local match.
18 April 2013
Local housing news:
- The City of Berea will work with the Cuyahoga Land Bank to demolish three vacant houses.
- Chagrin Falls Village Council approved plans for phase two of the River Walk condominiums on West Orange Street.
- An Ohio City developer plans to rehabilitate the former Jay Hotel as market-rate apartments.
- The City of Highland Heights authorized the construction of 18 additional houses in the Aberdeen development.
- Construction of the Clifton Pointe townhouses in Lakewood is on schedule. The 17-unit first phase sold out, and developer Abode intends to proceed with plans for a five-unit second phase. Lakewood City Council is considering a request for a 10-year tax abatement. Some neighbors have concerns about the project.
- A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge upheld Olmsted Falls' zoning regulations, ruling that the City's refusal to rezone a 54-acre site from industrial to residential did not constitute an illegal taking. The property owner is considering his legal options.
- A New York developer plans to build a 125-unit apartment building for seniors on Huffman Road near Stumph Road in Parma. The Parma Planning Commission approved a rezoning for the property.
- The City of Parma plans to raze nine vacant houses that City Council recently designated as nuisance properties.
- The City of South Euclid and the One South Euclid community development corporation started three programs intended to address distressed housing issues.
- The Strongsville Planning Commission approved plans for 15 single-family houses in the Westwood Farms subdivision.
31 January 2013
General Growth Partners, the owner of Beachwood Place, would like to rezone 11 parcels along Richmond Road from residential to retail. The rezoning could be the first step in an expansion of the mall, but the company hasn't presented any plans. The mall was last renovated in 2007.
In North Olmsted, Westfield Great Northern officials announced plans for a 55,000-square-foot expansion that includes a 10-screen movie theater, three new restaurants, and a new main entrance. They're scheduled to open in December.
Update 2: Demolition is underway at Great Northern.
16 January 2013
Broadview Heights City Council is considering an ordinance that would establish a special planning district for the proposed town center at the intersection of Broadview and Royalton roads. The district's zone A is a 100-acre mixed-use area around the intersection, and zone B is a 200-acre office/multi-family area surrounding zone A. City Council also recently approved the purchase of a 1.24-acre site in the special planning district for a planned park. A separate ordinance would create zone C, a corridor that would connect the town center area with the area around the Giant Eagle store.
19 November 2012
This month's election included the following issues (PDF):
Issue 26 (institutional rezoning): passed
- Broadview Heights
Issue 29 (prohibit oil and gas drilling): passed
- Fairview Park
Issue 52 (church rezoning): passed
- Garfield Heights
Issue 55 (commercial rezoning): passed
- Highland Heights
Issue 57 (parking lot rezoning): passed
Issue 58 (retail rezoning): failed
City officials and the developer are considering next steps.
- Moreland Hills
Issue 68 (retail rezoning): passed
- North Royalton
Issue 73 (planning commission referrals): passed
- Pepper Pike
Issue 82 (procedures for zoning code revisions): passed
Issue 87 (zoning charter amendment): passed
Issues 89 & 90 (zoning code changes): passed
Issue 97 (senior housing rezoning): passed
Issue 102 (mixed-use rezoning): passed
- Cuyahoga County
Issue 108 (Port Authority levy): failed
Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for complete results.
05 November 2012
The City of University Heights hired the firm of D.B. Hartt, Inc. to work on an overhaul of its 60-year-old planning and zoning code. The three-phase project will cost an estimated $60,000.
20 August 2012
Mayor Alai of Broadview Heights said that he is committed to implementing the City's 2010 Town Center Master Plan. The Broadview Heights Planning Commission is studying zoning code changes that would permit mixed-use development.
08 August 2012
Greater Cleveland residential projects in the news:
- Forest City Enterprises is considering a plan to convert the Halle Building in downtown Cleveland to 200 apartments.
- The City of Cleveland Heights selected the Orlean Company to redevelop the vacant lot at Lee Road and Meadowbrook Boulevard. The proposed $11.4 million project calls for a four-story building with apartments over retail. The City is seeking an 11-year, 80% tax abatement agreement from the school district.
- Lakewood City Council heard an update on the Rockport Square development. The future of the project remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Lakewood Architectural Review Board approved small changes to the Clifton Pointe townhouse project.
- The developer of the proposed Quarry Park subdivision withdrew his plans after the North Royalton Board of Zoning Appeals denied a request for a zoning variance. The project had been tabled indefinitely last year.
- The Rocky River Planning Commission approved preliminary plans for a 274-unit apartment building on the site of the former Giant Eagle store at the Rockport Shopping Center. Wald & Fisher plans to redevelop the other half of the shopping center.
- The Solon Planning Commission approved plans for the Lake Neptune Estates subdivision, a 13-house development proposed for the southwest corner of Neptune Drive and Miles Road. City Council is considering the plans.
- In Strongsville, work on the Cedar Creek Estates subdivision continues and City Council approved plans for the seven-house second phase of the Siedel Farms subdivision.
- Westlake voters will decide a rezoning issue on a proposal to build 22 apartments above the former Borders store at The Promenade.
Update 2: Cleveland Heights Patch has more information about the plans for the Meadowbrook-Lee development.
26 June 2012
Voters in Solon could see two zoning issues on the November ballot. One would modify permitted uses in the city's C-5 industrial district, while the other would allow pet stores in the city's C-2 commercial district. Voters in Fairview Park may decide a rezoning issue for Journey Church on Lorain Road.
Update: Westlake voters may decide a rezoning issue for a portion of the Promenade shopping center.
09 June 2012
Cleveland Heights City Council passed sustainable zoning legislation, adopting a set of updates to the City's zoning code. The amendments address food production, energy generation and conservation, stormwater management, and transportation, among other subjects. Marc Lefkowitz noted that the changes are intended to reflect the values of the community.
26 May 2012
10 April 2012
Solon City Council approved plans for the redevelopment of Solar Shopping Center and its Giant Eagle store. In Strongsville, City Council approved a rezoning for the planned Market District supermarket on Pearl Road. Some Strongsville residents said that they would like to be more involved in the planning process.
22 March 2012
14 March 2012
Strongsville residents approved a rezoning issue for a proposed Market District supermarket on Pearl Road. Construction of the 110,000-square-foot store could begin as early as July. Opponents said they lacked the time to properly organize. Voters also approved a rezoning for a potential expansion of Strongsville United Church of Christ on Royalton Road.
12 March 2012
Leaders in Cleveland Heights are reviewing an update of the City's zoning code. The changes (PDF) are intended to encourage sustainable development practices. The Cleveland Heights Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the changes on March 14 and April 11, and City Council on March 26 and April 16.
21 February 2012
Giant Eagle modified its plans for a Market District store in Strongsville, increasing the size of the proposed buffer adjacent to neighboring houses. Councilman Matt Schonhut favors the project. The Sun News endorsed the rezoning issue, calling it "a development Strongsville residents can live with." Company officials said they would not come back to voters if the rezoning issue fails.
Update: proponents and opponents of the project are debating its merits.
31 January 2012
Beachwood's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a proposed commercial-to-residential rezoning of eight acres at Chagrin Boulevard and Green Road. The planned apartment complex is part of a larger effort to redevelop the Commerce Park area.
18 November 2011
JKR Development proposed a mixed-use development concept for a 21-acre site on Engle Road in Middleburg Heights. The property is currently zoned for light industrial development.
09 November 2011
Tuesday's election included the following issues:
- Mayfield Village
Issue 82 (commercial rezoning): passed
- Richmond Heights
Issue 90 (participation in joint service districts): failed
Issue 95 (industrial rezoning): passed (reactions)
- South Euclid
Issue 96 (retail rezoning): passed (more)
Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for complete results.
In Lorain County, voters rejected a quarter-percent sales tax increase. The county will institute cuts that include reducing its contribution to Lorain County Transit from $100,000 to $50,000. Avon voters approved a charter amendment that establishes a minimum lot size for residential areas.
30 September 2011
The November 8 ballot includes several planning and zoning issues in Cuyahoga County communities.
- Issue 82 in Mayfield Village is a residential to commercial rezoning of two properties on Wilson Mills Road for a proposed expansion of Deacon's Chrysler Jeep.
- Issue 90 in Richmond Heights would allow municipal participation in joint service districts.
- Issue 95 in Solon is a residential to industrial rezoning for the planned Nestle research and development center.
- Issue 96 in South Euclid is a referendum on the residential to commercial rezoning for the Oakwood Commons development.
13 September 2011
08 September 2011
By a vote of 6 to 1 (PDF), the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a South Euclid group properly submitted a referendum petition on the rezoning of the Oakwood Club property. The Court said that the City must either rescind the rezoning or place the issue on the November ballot. The citizens group was pleased and the developer was disappointed.
31 August 2011
09 August 2011
In July, opponents of the planned Oakwood Commons development submitted a petition for a referendum on the rezoning of the property. On Monday, South Euclid City Council rejected the petition, saying that petitioners failed to file a certified copy of the ordinance with the City prior to its circulation.
Update: City Council rejected the petition because the certified copy was submitted to the clerk of council instead of the finance director.
Update 2: a citizens group is challenging the decision. A Sun News editorial says that residents "should be given the chance to speak their minds at the ballot box."
The City of Cleveland Heights will consider changing its zoning code to establish guidelines for the reuse of non-residential buildings in residential districts. Creating adaptive reuse rules was one of the recommendations of the City's sustainability audit. Officials and residents discussed the proposal at a public hearing on Monday.
18 July 2011
While Cuyahoga Community College and Highland Hills officials have not reached an understanding on the future of the 106 acres that Tri-C purchased in 2007, the College does plan to build a facility for workforce training, career training, and sustainability programs on a portion of the site.
29 June 2011
18 June 2011
Fairview Park City Council is considering legislation that would repeal a requirement to obtain input from a professional planner in rezoning decisions.
27 May 2011
13 May 2011
Planning consultant David Hartt of D.B. Hartt, Inc. has begun a major revision of the Village of Moreland Hills' zoning code.
04 May 2011
Voters in Fairview Park approved the rezoning of the former Garnett School property from low-rise planned development to general business. O'Neill Management plans to build a skilled nursing and assisted living facility on the site. It was the only rezoning issue on Tuesday's ballot in Cuyahoga County.
16 April 2011
On Thursday, the South Euclid Planning Commission unanimously voted to rezone 40.7 acres of the former Oakwood Club property from residential to retail for the proposed Oakwood Commons development and to change the City's comprehensive plan (PDF). The issue now moves to City Council, which will hold public hearings (PDF) on May 18 and May 25.
30 March 2011
Dan Bobkoff of Changing Gears looked at how Streetsboro plans to use form-based zoning to shift from typical exurban development patterns and create a mixed-use town center. The City is working with McKenna Associates to rewrite its zoning code.
29 March 2011
Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson resolved his concerns about the proposed Hazel at the Circle apartments in University Circle, and now supports rezoning the 1.4-acre site from single-family residential to multi-family residential.
18 February 2011
The City of Berea will hold a series of public meetings from March through May to discuss proposed changes to the City's zoning code and map. The first event is on March 11.
12 February 2011
Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson has concerns about the proposed Hazel at the Circle apartments in University Circle, and delayed a rezoning request for the property. Developers had planned to begin construction of the 59-unit complex on Hazel Drive by this June.
Update: a Plain Dealer editorial says that Councilman Johnson should allow the project to proceed.
31 January 2011
The Housing Research & Advocacy Center prepared an analysis of the occupancy codes of communities (PDF) in six Greater Cleveland counties. The report "examines limits on the total number and configuration of residents allowed in dwellings" and its data was "collected to make the varied requirements easily referenced and comparable."
26 January 2011
The Fairview Park Planning and Design Commission recommended rezoning the former Garnett Elementary School property for a proposed skilled nursing and assisted living complex. City Council may place the rezoning on the May ballot.
11 January 2011
South Euclid City Council referred the proposed rezoning for the Oakwood Commons development to the City's Planning Commission. Residents at the City Council meeting expressed their objections to the proposed big box retail. Community Services Director Keith Benjamin believes the area can support additional stores, and Ward 4 Councilwoman Jane Goodman supports the project. Oakwood Club leaders are satisfied with the sale to First Interstate Properties.
Update: Thursday's Sound of Ideas program was devoted to a discussion of the issues. Fresh Water asked if the area can support more retail, while a Sun Messenger editorial backed the proposed development.
03 January 2011
30 December 2010
Developer First Interstate Properties of Lyndhurst is purchasing the 154-acre former Oakwood Club site. It paid $1.8 million for 62 acres in South Euclid and has a contract to buy the other 92 acres in Cleveland Heights. The company plans to develop the property as Oakwood Commons, which would consist of 22 acres of apartments around the former clubhouse building, 63 acres of retail with 500,000 square feet of stores, and 69 acres of parkland. The Cleveland Heights portion is zoned for residential use, and would require a rezoning. Neighbors of the property are trying to preserve the entire site as a park, and say that the development would destroy too much greenspace.
Update: many residents are opposed to the development, although not as vehemently as in the 1990s. They shared their concerns at at Cleveland Heights City Council meeting, which drew about 75 people. Blogger Hank Drake considered whether the area has too much retail.
29 November 2010
Middleburg Heights leaders are considering a proposal to rezone the former C. A. Thomas School property from single-family residential to governmental. The City has offered to purchase the 10-acre site from the Berea City School District.
03 November 2010
Issue 13 (attached housing): passed
Issues 84 & 86 (referendum zoning changes): failed
For complete results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
27 October 2010
Giant Eagle revealed that it is the previously-unidentified company that has proposed building a supermarket in Broadview Heights. Voters will decide a rezoning issue for the property on November 2.
22 October 2010
The Chagrin Solon Sun urges Moreland Hills residents to approve Issue 88, which would establish an open space conservation zoning classification. It also asks Solon voters to reject Issue 129, a proposal to rezone a property from single-family to two-family residential. The Sun Post-Herald encourages Fairview Park voters to pass Issues 54 and 55, which it describes as "housekeeping items that will correct a zoning oversight".
21 October 2010
Early this month, Cleveland City Council approved zoning code changes that include adding agriculture as a principal use on all vacant land zoned for residential use. The revised code (PDF) will become effective on November 3.
13 October 2010
Voters in Broadview Heights will decide a proposed retail rezoning for three parcels on Royalton Road. An undisclosed developer is interested in building a supermarket there. An earlier rezoning issue for the area was approved by voters in November 2008.
07 October 2010
The City of Cleveland Heights initiated its effort to craft sustainable development regulations, and consultant Camiros Ltd. introduced many of the concepts (PDF) at a recent public meeting. Interested residents can complete a survey (PDF).
20 September 2010
Solon Planning Director Rob Frankland has nearly completed the update of the Solon Master Plan. He may have the final draft ready for City Council to discuss at its next meeting.
16 September 2010
University Hospitals officials object to a rezoning recommendation in the draft Solon Master Plan. Planning Director Robert Frankland defended the proposed changes.
26 August 2010
Berea officials are preparing to embark on a review and rewrite of the City's zoning code. The City hired consultant Jay Stewart to help guide the process.
19 August 2010
In response to a lawsuit filed by a group of residents, the Village of Hunting Valley may create an institutional zoning classification. It would be applied to Case's Squire Valleevue Farm and the University School campus.
Update: the Chagrin Solon Sun provides additional reactions.
06 August 2010
Residents who live near the intersection of Solon and Richmond roads in Solon object to a recommendation for an expanded industrial presence in the area. Another group of residents believes that the City should have appealed a court-ordered rezoning issue instead of placing it on the November ballot.
Update: a Chagrin Solon Sun editorial says that "Solon cannot let the court decide the best use" of the property at SOM Center and Miles roads.
23 July 2010
Moreland Hills Village Council was expected to approve placing modifications of Village's open space conservation zoning classification on the November ballot.
Update: Village Council voted to place the issue on the ballot.
22 July 2010
Solon Planning Director Rob Frankland continues to work on a new municipal master plan. The latest draft sections to be released include a potential residential to industrial rezoning of land near Solon and Richmond roads.
21 July 2010
The City of Cleveland Heights hired Camiros, Ltd. of Chicago to conduct a sustainability audit of the City's zoning code. The planning firm will review the code and recommend ways to remove obstacles to sustainable development.
Update: a Sun Press editorial says that other communities should consider similar approaches.
29 June 2010
Moreland Hills voters may have the opportunity to vote on changes to the Village's open space conservation zoning classification, while Bay Village voters may vote on a commercial to residential rezoning issue for a set of proposed condominiums.
21 June 2010
Residents in Fairview Park will decide two commercial to residential rezoning issues in November, similar to the one they approved in May.
11 June 2010
A Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge told the City of Solon to reconsider a rezoning for a property at the southeast corner of SOM Center and Miles roads. It is currently zoned for single-family residential, and City Council rejected a proposed retail rezoning in 2008. The developer that owns the site now wants it rezoned to two-family residential. City Council began the process of placing the rezoning on the November ballot.
Update: a Chagrin Solon Sun editorials says that "city officials must act swiftly to ensure whatever development does go in there is the most appropriate for that property."
08 June 2010
14 May 2010
Issue 46 failed by 25 votes in Strongsville's Ward 4, according to unofficial election results. Developers will wait for an official tally on the rezoning issue before deciding their next steps.
06 May 2010
26 April 2010
Issue 46 in Strongsville is a proposal to rezone portions of a 1.4-acre site at the southeastern corner of Royalton and Prospect roads from residential to retail. Heritage Development Company wants to build a 25,000-square-foot drug store and a 25,000-square-foot strip mall on the wooded property.
01 April 2010
The Berea Municipal Planning Commission approved the West Bagley Road Commercial District, a new zoning classification. The district's permitted uses include office, retail, and adult-oriented businesses.
Update: Berea City Council also approved the rezoning.
13 March 2010
In a companion piece to its story on vacant land in Cleveland, Next American City looked at the City's "chicken and bees" law. The City is considering expanding the rules to include more varieties of livestock. In Communities & Banking, the magazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Matt Martin and Zachariah Starnik of the Stockyard Redevelopment Organization described residents' efforts to reclaim their neighborhood through urban gardening (PDF).
25 February 2010
23 February 2010
Parma City Council approved a rezoning that will allow the construction of the planned senior housing development on State Road. It's the first time the City has used its new mixed-use zoning classification.
05 February 2010
North Olmsted City Council is considering ordinances that would amend the City's zoning code to allow businesses and homeowners to install wind turbines and solar panels.
20 January 2010
The Solon Planning Commission is considering a zoning proposal for a Brainard Road warehouse district. Voters may decide the matter (PDF) in May.
Update: the Planning Commission approved the proposal.
17 December 2009
Five ordinances introduced in Parma City Council were developed by students in the sustainability program at Baldwin-Wallace College. The legislation would establish a mixed-use zoning classification, legalize rain barrel installation, permit green roofs, allow bicyclists to use the sidewalks in some areas, and enhance recycling in City buildings.
08 December 2009
Leaders in Parma are considering the creation of a mixed-use zoning category. It is one of several recommendations from students in the sustainability program at Baldwin-Wallace College.
30 November 2009
By a vote of 5-2, Mayfield Heights City Council approved the creation a new mixed-use zoning overlay.
14 November 2009
04 November 2009
Issue 83 (retail rezoning): passed
For complete results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
15 October 2009
06 September 2009
Solon City Council voted to place a rezoning issue on the November ballot for the proposed new Giant Eagle supermarket and Get-Go gas station at Solar Shopping Center. If approved by voters, the 20.99-acre site would be rezoned from C-3 commercial and O-3 office zoning to the newly-created C3-A commercial shopping center classification.
Update: the Solon Times spoke with residents about the proposal.
24 August 2009
The Solon Planning Commission approved a new zoning classification. The C3-A classification could be used for the proposed new Giant Eagle supermarket and Get-Go gas station at Solar Shopping Center.
14 August 2009
Giant Eagle executives have made their proposed new Solon store contingent upon the inclusion of a new on-site gas station. Construction could not occur without a rezoning. A Chagrin Solon Sun editorial says that Giant Eagle should instead revive of one of the City's vacant gas stations.
31 July 2009
15 July 2009
The City of Mayfield Heights may create a new mixed-use zoning classification. The proposed change was not prompted by a development proposal.
06 May 2009
Independence voters yesterday rejected Issue 5, the proposed zoning overlay for downtown Independence. In Twinsburg, all seven zoning issues passed citywide, but it is too early to tell if they also were approved at the ward level. Cleveland.com has a complete list of the Cuyahoga County election results.
24 April 2009
20 April 2009
On March 31, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision (PDF) and upheld the results of a March 2008 ballot issue in Solon, where voters had rejected a rezoning for a proposed senior housing development on a site near near Hawthorne Valley Country Club. Supporters of developer TransCon Builders asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision.
17 April 2009
16 April 2009
Cleveland City Council is reviewing legislation intended to address aesthetic and safety concerns of wind turbine installation. The rules are meant to regulate their construction in the City's neighborhoods, not the proposed offshore wind farm. Steven Litt believes that there is a need to institute design standards in order to take full advantage of anticipated investments in wind energy.
25 March 2009
04 March 2009
As anticipated, North Ridgeville City Council voted to ban future planned community developments. Council members said that the City's requirements had been too lenient.
The outdoor advertising industry is using a pair of 2007 studies conducted in the Cleveland area in their efforts to gain authorization to install digital billboards elsewhere in the nation. A study of Cuyahoga County statistics (PDF) by Tantala Associates says that "digital billboards have no statistical relationship with the occurrence of accidents." A study of Cleveland drivers (PDF) by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says that "digital billboards seem to attract more attention than the conventional billboards" but that "no conclusions can be drawn regarding the ultimate safety of digital billboards."
26 February 2009
North Ridgeville City Council is expected to stop considering proposals for planned community developments. The decision would make permanent the moratorium on their construction.
12 February 2009
The City of Cleveland may place a moratorium on the installation of digital billboards so that municipal officials can develop new rules. Earlier billboard legislation was tabled this month. Executives at Clear Channel Outdoor are angry at Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins, who has been active in the deliberations.
06 February 2009
20 January 2009
Steven Litt likes the plans for redeveloping the Ivex complex in Chagrin Falls. He says that the "project looks like a no-brainer," and concludes that "it could make Chagrin Falls both a better place to visit, and a better place to live."
16 January 2009
Neighbors of the former Ivex mill in Chagrin Falls are concerned about the potential impacts of its proposed redevelopment. Residents will vote on a rezoning issue for the project in a special election on February 3.
Independence City Council is considering legislation to put a downtown zoning overlay district on the May ballot. The overlay would permit retail and multi-family development, including senior housing. Multi-family housing is not currently allowed in the City. Last year, the City surveyed Independence seniors about their preferences.
Update: the overlay district will appear on the May ballot.
19 December 2008
North Ridgeville City Council rejected a rezoning request for the proposed 218-acre Hampton Place subdivision. They also extended a moratorium on planned community developments for 90 days.
05 December 2008
The Bainbridge Township Trustees are preparing for a legal challenge of the Township's large-lot residential zoning. In North Ridgeville, City Council is evaluating planned community development legislation. A Council committee recommended extending a moratorium on planned community developments.
21 November 2008
14 November 2008
The Olmsted Township Trustees refused to rezone a property on Stearns Road for a proposed apartment complex, because a project that would provide sewers for the property has not been completed.
07 November 2008
Some Independence councilmembers want to revise portions of the City's zoning code.
05 November 2008
Issue 2 (Clean Ohio renewal): passed
Issue 3 (water rights amendment): passed
Issue 14 (Pilgrim Inn zoning overlay): passed
Issues 15-16, 20-25 (rezonings): passed
Issues 17-19 (Zoning Board of Appeals changes): passed
Issue 32 (Architectural Review Board changes): passed
Issue 63 (development in parks): passed
Issue 83 (hazardous storage buffer): passed
Issue 86 (sign regulations): passed
Issue 87 (police station rezoning): passed
Issue 103 (O-2 district changes): passed
Issue 105 (retail rezoning): passed
Issue 106 (remove point-of-sale inspections): passed
Tri-City Joint Recreation District
Issue 136 (1 mill levy): failed
Issue 10 (retail rezoning): passed
Issue 10 (Park District levy): failed
Issues 32-35 (zoning code changes): passed
For more results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Openers, or the Sun News.
31 October 2008
- Issue 14 in Brecksville is a planned development overlay for the Pilgrim Inn property.
- Issue 32 in Chagrin Falls would change the composition of the Architectural Review Board.
- Issue 63 in Highland Heights would require voter approval for development or drilling in city parks.
- Issue 83 in Oakwood would mandate a buffer for certain facilities.
- Issue 87 in Pepper Pike would rezone land for a new police station.
- Issue 103 in Solon would allow medical offices in areas zoned O-2.
24 October 2008
In addition to the eight rezoning issues on the ballot in Broadview Heights, voters will decide Issues 17-19, proposed charter revisions that involve the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a request from TransCon builders to rezone a site near Hawthorne Valley Country Club in Solon. However, the Court has not begun deliberations on a related lawsuit challenging the validity of the ward veto provision in the City's referendum zoning rules.
16 October 2008
06 October 2008
On Friday, the Coral Co. dropped its plans for the mixed-use Central Park development in Solon, citing the credit crunch and difficulties in obtaining financing. Solon officials will attempt to remove the rezoning issue for the development from the November ballot.
Update: Solon City Council rescinded the rezoning issue on Monday. It will still appear on the ballot, but votes will not be counted.
28 September 2008
Hospice of the Western Reserve proposed building a new facility on Crocker Road in Westlake, but City officials asked the agency to consider building on a site near St. John West Shore Hospital.
22 September 2008
Lakewood officials are considering the creation of an arts district zoning overlay (PDF, p. 35) that would be applied to the areas surrounding the Beck Center for the Arts, Birdtown, and Virginia Marti College.
21 September 2008
Voters in Broadview Heights will see eight rezoning issues on the November ballot, and City officials have begun researching other possible future changes.
Solon City Council rejected a rezoning request for a 2.38 acre site at the southeast corner of SOM Center and Miles roads. A Mentor developer had hoped to build a gas station or retail on the property.
12 September 2008
On September 22, the Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals will again discuss a request to install an electronic billboard in exchange for removing five existing nonconforming billboards. A group of residents wants six additional billboards to be removed.
22 August 2008
Solon City Council unanimously voted to place the proposed Central Park development on the November ballot, combining the mixed-use zoning classification and rezoning proposals into a single issue. At the City Council meeting, about 50% of the residents who spoke favored the project, down from 75% at a meeting earlier this month. Opponents of the project have organized under the name No Central Park. Meanwhile, the Coral Co. offered a revised road improvement plan that includes a new four-lane connector road.
15 August 2008
On Monday, Solon City Council is expected to place two zoning issues that would permit the construction of Central Park on the November ballot. The first would create a new mixed-use zoning classification (PDF), and the second would place the 90 acre site of the proposed development into the new district. Meanwhile, opponents of the development have begun to organize.
13 August 2008
In this week's Scene, Michael Gill explores the controversy over the proposed changes to Cleveland's billboard rules and relates the struggle of an Old Brooklyn restaurant owner to remove one billboard.
08 August 2008
Broadview Heights voters may see additional rezoning issues on the November ballot. The Jacobs Group wants to rezone five parcels along Route 82 from office laboratory to general retail.
31 July 2008
18 July 2008
By a vote of 3-2, the Solon Planning and Zoning Commission rejected a request to rezone two parcels adjacent to Solar Shopping Center, saying that the plans for the properties were too vague and kept changing.
07 July 2008
A 140 room hotel has been proposed for a property near the I-480 interchange at Great Northern Boulevard in North Olmsted. The 13.59 acre site is currently zoned for office development, and would require a rezoning to proceed.
27 June 2008
24 June 2008
The Richard E. Jacobs Group purchased an 89 acre property near the planned I-90 interchange at Nagel Road in Avon. Earlier this year, the property was rezoned for commercial development. The company is also pursuing a purchase and rezoning of a neighboring 110 acre site.
20 June 2008
A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge apparently upheld the ward approval provision of Solon's referendum zoning law, saying that there were "no voting irregularities" in the March election.
19 June 2008
22 May 2008
Brecksville officials are reviewing the recommendations in a report about the proposed development of the Crow property at Miller Road and I-77. Mayor Hruby does not expect a rezoning decision to be made this year.
21 May 2008
The planned retail development on the site of the former Boston Hills Country Club continues to be a source of controversy, and a Boston Heights resident is now suing the Village for overriding last year's referendum issue.
09 May 2008
Solon officials are continuing their negotiations with developer Coral Co. about the proposed Central Parc development, and recently hired a law firm to assist with the development agreement. The mixed-use project may include assisted-living units and a four to five story hotel. In addition to possibly creating a need for additional safety personnel, the development may require more service workers and equipment.
07 May 2008
Cuyahoga Community College intends to establish a Westlake campus at the corner of Bradley and Clemens Roads, and will pay $4.6 million for the vacant 32.9 acre site. Tri-C has requested a rezoning, because the area is currently zoned for industrial development. The State Controlling Board approved the plans last month.
30 April 2008
Cleveland's Board of Zoning Appeals approved variances for the planned Mayfield Lofts condominiums in Little Italy, and did not request additional changes in its design.
28 April 2008
The Cleveland City Planning Commission approved a proposal to require one bicycle parking space for every 20 car parking spaces. The proposal also calls for reducing the number of required car spaces by one when six bicycle spaces are provided.
25 April 2008
Steven Litt feels that the developers of the proposed Mayfield Lofts condominiums in Little Italy should be granted the zoning variances that they are seeking. Some residents feels that the six story, 24,000 square foot building at Mayfield Road and East 119th Street would be too tall.
A group of Solon residents that supports the rejected senior housing development is suing the City of Solon and the group Solon Taxpayers Against Rezoning. They are charging that a referendum zoning provision in the City's charter is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs include relatives of TransCon Builders President Fred Rzepka. Some speculate that the case could help the Coral Co. gain approval for its proposed Central Parc development.
Avon City Council recently approved two rezoning requests for land near the planned I-90 interchange at Nagel Road. An 18 acre site at Jaycox and Chester Roads was rezoned to permit commercial development, and a 32 acre site at Nagel Road and I-90 was rezoned from residential to general business. City Council tabled two other rezoning requests for properties at Center and Detroit Roads that are involved in a legal battle.
Owners of properties near the I-77 interchange at Route 82 had mixed reactions to Mayor Alai's proposal for rezoning the area. Broadview Heights voters will have the opportunity to vote on two rezoning issues in November.
The owner of Pearl Road Auto Parts in Cleveland wants to build a 168 foot tall wind turbine on the property near I-480. The zoning for that area limits structures to 115 feet, so a variance is required before construction can begin.
21 April 2008
A hearing in the Southwoods Case was held last week in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Developer DiSanto Enterprises withdrew its federal case against the City of Solon, but several residents are seeking an injunction against the development.
14 April 2008
The Village of Boston Heights reached a tentative settlement (PDF) with the developer seeking to build big box retail and possibly a hospital on the site of the former Boston Hills Country Club. Village leaders approved a similar development last spring, but it was rejected by voters in a November referendum issue. The developer responded by suing the Village. Residents are now considering litigation of their own.
11 April 2008
At a public hearing in Twinsburg Township, some residents expressed their support for the proposed Twinsburg Fashion Place shopping center, but were concerned that the City of Twinsburg might attempt to annex the property. Developer Bahman Guyuron characterized the situation as a race between his project and the proposed mixed-use Central Parc development in Solon.
Central Parc is facing a potential delay due to issues surrounding the planned expansion of a stormwater detention basin near North Huntington Drive. The development could also create increased costs for the City due to the projected need to hire additional safety personnel.
The owners of Solar Shopping Center are planning $10 million in renovations to the center at Aurora and SOM Center Roads in Solon. Their plans also call for the expansion of the Giant Eagle supermarket from 56,000 square feet to 80,000-90,000 square feet, plus the construction of a GetGo gas station, additional retail space, and an unidentified restaurant. The project includes a proposed office to retail rezoning, which would require voter approval.
The Chagrin Falls Board of Zoning Appeals tabled developer Larry Shibley's plan for the commercial portion of the property at Williams and West Orange Streets because it lacked sufficient parking. The BZA approved his condominium plans in February.
The Board of Zoning Appeals also approved a variance for the residential development at the Windsor Hospital site, authorizing the construction of 38 houses instead of the permitted 31.
04 April 2008
The Twinsburg Township Zoning Commission is considering a rezoning request by the developer of the proposed 803,731 square foot Twinsburg Fashion Place shopping center. The Zoning Commission is also contemplating the development's traffic implications. Developer Bahman Guyuron wants to begin construction as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Peter Rubin of the Coral Co. says that his proposed Central Parc development in Solon needs to be built first in order to reach its full economic potential.
28 March 2008
25 March 2008
The City of Strongsville purchased an undeveloped 25 acre site on Lunn Road. The land is zoned for industrial development, and while the City plans to use it for recreation purposes, officials hope that it will eventually be developed.
21 March 2008
Some Solon leaders want to amend the referendum zoning section of the city charter. Rezonings currently need to obtain voter approval both citywide and in the site's ward. The proposal calls for eliminating the ward approval requirement. While this month's vote on a senior housing proposal passed citywide, the issue failed because a majority of Ward 5 residents voted against it.
Two rezoning requests are making their way through the approval process in Broadview Heights. Both properties are near the I-77 interchange at Route 82, and would be rezoned to general commercial, which would permit retail development.
12 townhouses have been proposed for a 2.2 acre site across from Bay Middle School. The area is zoned for single-family houses, and a zoning change would require voter approval.
14 March 2008
The City of Solon may pay for portions of a proposed new four lane road that would connect the proposed Central Parc development to Route 422. Developer Peter Rubin of the Coral Co. is also scheduled to address the Solon School Board on Monday about tax increment financing for the development. Meanwhile, Solon City Council is examining a proposal to create a low-density multifamily zoning district on the south side of Bainbridge Road.
13 March 2008
A group of developers purchased the former Chippewa Lake amusement park in Lafayette and Westfield Townships and plan to redevelop it as a master plan resort community. The Lafayette Township Zoning Commission approved a zoning overlay district for the site.
10 March 2008
The News-Herald looked at the role of NIMBYs in Lake County and eastern Cuyahoga County.
The Coral Co.'s plans for the mixed-use Central Parc development in Solon include building a new four-lane public road. The City hired hired Wells + Associates to conduct a comprehensive traffic study. Planning Director Rob Frankland also suggested three options for providing "a smooth land use transition from the commercial-office portions of the proposed Coral project to the existing single-family residential subdivisions".
Neighbors of the planned Southwoods subdivision in Solon object to the City's approval of the development. They assert that Southwoods is part of an existing subdivision, and therefore needed consent from residents. In the meantime, DiSanto Enterprises has begun clearing the site.
07 March 2008
Issue 16 (residential rezoning): passed
Issues 17-25 (liquor law): passed
Issue 31 (church rezoning): passed
Issue 32 (office rezoning): passed
Issue 43 (Rockside Road rezoning): passed
Issue 44 (senior housing rezoning): failed
Issue 46 (Cook Avenue rezoning): passed
For complete Cuyahoga County results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections or Cleveland.com.
28 February 2008
Voters in Broadview Heights will decide a rezoning issue on Tuesday. The owners of three properties on Cherry Hill Lane want a portion of their properties rezoned from office to single-family residential.
15 February 2008
Fairview Park voters will decide two zoning issues next month. Issue 32 would rezone a 3.5 acre parcel on Mastick Road from single-family residential to an office building classification, and Issue 31 would rezone two properties on Lorain Road owned by Fairview Grace United Methodist Church from general business to civic and recreational.
08 February 2008
Bahman Guyuran is now proposing a mixed-use development on 42 acres at I-480 and Hadden Road. The previous proposal called for a large shopping mall. The Summit County Planning Commission will review the project, which will also be considered by the Twinsburg Zoning Commission at 7:00 p.m. this Monday.
Attendees at a South Euclid Planning and Zoning Committee meeting suggested that the City consider expanding its plans to create a Mayfield-Green mixed use district in order to create a Crocker Park-like development that would complement Cedar Center. City Council may act on the rezoning proposal at its February 25th meeting.
The City of Solon might eliminate its three-person Architectural Board of Review, replacing it with a committee that would meet as projects require approval.
Now that Solon City Council has approved the plans for the Southwoods subdivision, developer DiSanto Enterprises is dropping its lawsuits against the City. However, a neighbor of the proposed development said he will appeal the approval in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
25 January 2008
17 January 2008
The planned construction of an I-90 interchange at Nagel Road in Avon prompted rezoning requests from developers wanting to build on surrounding properties. The Avon Planning Commission heard requests to rezone 120 nearby acres for retail space and medical offices.
11 January 2008
DiSanto Enterprises submitted revised plans for the Southwoods subdivision to the City of Solon. Planning Director Rob Frankland describes them as "a modest modification from the original plan." Meanwhile, a Solon resident says that City Council took too long to decide whether to place a rezoning issue for a proposed senior housing development on the March ballot. He may sue the City.
09 January 2008
21 December 2007
Solon City Council did not select one of the two competing mixed-use development proposals, which means a rezoning issue will not appear on the March ballot. Gross Builders reportedly may withdraw from a partnership with Stark Enterprises. However, City Council did approve a rezoning issue for the proposed senior housing development near Hawthorne Valley Country Club.
The City of South Euclid may create a mixed-use district in the Mayfield-Green commercial area. City Council's Planning and Zoning Committee will discuss the proposal at its January 28 meeting.
14 December 2007
A senior housing issue will not appear on the March ballot in Independence. Although the City had planned on the March vote, Mayor-elect Kurtz said that the City was not yet ready to go to voters.
07 December 2007
At a public hearing on Monday, Solon residents shared their thoughts about the two proposed mixed-use developments. Developer Bob Stark says that respondents to a phone survey prefer his project. Solon City Council is expected to move their deadline for selecting one of the projects from December to January, which means that a rezoning issue would appear on the November ballot instead of the March ballot.
The Auburn Township Trustees created zoning classifications for passive open space and for active parks.
04 December 2007
As Solon's December 17 deadline approaches for selecting one of the two competing proposals for mixed-use developments, one council member feels that the process is moving too quickly. A traffic study showed that both plans will require significant road improvements (corrections), including a possible redesign of the Route 422 interchange (though it may not be necessary) and a potential widening of Aurora Road (though City officials say they have no plans to do so). Preliminary results of a stormwater analysis show that either development would require $5 million to $8.5 million in sanitary sewer improvements. Legislation was introduced in City Council to create a mixed-use zoning classification.
Peter Rubin revealed more details about his proposed Central Parc development, which could include a 22.8 acre property on Solon Road currently owned by University Hospitals. He also plans to buy and renovate Solar Shopping Center. Meanwhile, the Solon Board of Education is concerned that a TIF package for either development could harm the district's finances, and the City's finance director said that the income tax projections for both projects are overstated.
Commercial to residential rezoning issues for portions of three properties on Cherry Hill Lane will appear on the March ballot in Broadview Heights.
A rezoning issue for a 3.5 acre undeveloped property on Mastick Road may appear on the March ballot in Fairview Park. If City Council approves the measure, residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed residential to office rezoning.
University Heights officials say that John Carroll University's decision to rent houses it owns solely to students is not consistent with the properties' current residential zoning.
20 November 2007
The Solon planning department is preparing a new mixed-use zoning classification for the mixed-use developments proposed by the Coral Co. and Stark Enterprises. Planning Director Rob Frankland says that a 2008 start date for construction is "ambitious but not impossible."
City Council selected a firm to prepare an analysis of the developments' impacts on the City's sanitary sewers, and traffic engineering consultants reported that the Coral Co. plan will have have fewer traffic impacts than the Stark proposal. City Council and the Planning Commission will discuss the proposals at a November 29 meeting.
19 November 2007
15 November 2007
Because Boston Heights voters rejected the retail development proposal for the site of the former Boston Hills County Club, the developer's $10 million lawsuit against the Village will continue. He says that the issue left the property without an economically viable use.
13 November 2007
Supporters of Camp Cheerful in Strongsville are opposed to a proposed rezoning to permit construction of a hotel on an adjacent site. They say that it would destroy the natural buffer around the camp.
07 November 2007
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
Issue 14 (renewal levy): passed
Tri-City Joint Recreation District
Issue 19 (Berea): passed
Issue 27 (Brook Park): passed
Issue 26 (retail rezoning): passed
Issue 61 (rezoning): passed
Issue 76 (Rockside Terrace rezoning): passed
Issue 80 (Lutheran Home rezoning): passed
Issue 81 (Crocker Park rezoning): passed
Issue 35 (rec center/stadium tax): passed
Charter Amendment 1 (eliminate planning director): passed
Issue 23 (establish planning department): passed
Issue 25 (establish Master Plan Review Commission): passed
Issue 51 (retail rezoning): failed
Issue 52 (permit big box retail): failed
Issue 50 (zoning code changes): failed
For complete Cuyahoga County results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections or Cleveland.com.
06 November 2007
Solon officials say that alterations to the site plan for the proposed Southwoods cluster home development will require the project to begin the municipal approval process again. Meanwhile, residents are unhappy that they were not included in settlement talks earlier this year.
The Bentleyville Planning and Zoning Commission did not approve the preliminary plat for the proposed 19.6 acre Wharton Woods subdivision, formerly known as Holbrook Estates.
31 October 2007
In Boston Heights, two retail zoning issues will appear on next Tuesday's ballot as the result of referendums. Issue 51 is a vote on the retail rezoning of the former Boston Hills Country Club, and Issue 52 is about adding big box stores as a conditional use in retail business districts.
17 October 2007
By a vote of 6-1, the Broadview Heights Board of Zoning Appeals approved a zoning variance that will permit developer Sam Petros to increase the size of anchor stores for his proposed retail development at Broadview and Royalton Roads.
16 October 2007
Last night, Bob Stark unveiled plans for his proposed mixed-use Garden District at Aurora and SOM Center Roads in Solon. The 75 acre, $750 million development would include offices, retail, housing, an arts center, health facilities, college classrooms, a hotel, and a movie theater.
12 October 2007
In order for a rezoning issue to appear on the March ballot, Solon City Council must make a decision by December 17 about which of the two competing mixed-use development proposals to submit to voters. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Sears indicated that the company has no plans to relocate or close the store to make way for the Coral Co.'s proposed development, and a real estate company appears to be assembling Bainbridge Road residential properties on behalf of Stark Enterprises.
10 October 2007
Developer Sam Petros is seeking a zoning variance from the Broadview Heights Board of Zoning Appeals that would allow him to increase the size anchor stores at his proposed retail development at Broadview and Royalton Roads. The maximum size store permitted in the code is 60,000 square feet, and he wants to build stores of 134,000 and 85,000 square feet.
The Solon Herald Sun explored the competing plans for mixed-use developments in Solon. Peter Rubin of the Coral Co. wants to demolish an existing shopping strip and 65 nearby homes, and hopes to get a rezoning issue on the March ballot. He answered questions from residents on Monday. Bob Stark of Stark Enterprises will present his $1 billion proposal to City Council on October 15. Meanwhile, another developer dropped his plans for a mixed-use development in Solon's southeast corner.
09 October 2007
Solon officials are scrutinizing the reintroduced plans for senior housing on a site adjacent to Hawthorne Valley Country Club. If they approve the proposal, the proposed rezoning will go before voters.
Orange residents may have the opportunity to vote on a rezoning issue for the proposed Woodland Preserve development in November 2008, instead of the March vote that the developers initially wanted.
(Update: this week's Chagrin Herald Sun has more details.)
02 October 2007
In addition to the Coral Co.'s plans to build a lifestyle center on SOM Center Road in Solon, Stark Enterprises will soon introduce plans for a competing vision. Robert Stark says he wants to redevelop Solar Center at the southeast corner of SOM Center and Aurora Roads. His plans for the 75 acre site feature retail (including two department stores), a hotel, homes, and office space.
(Update: WKYC's Tom Beres interviewed Bob Stark and Peter Rubin.)
01 October 2007
The Coral Co. has obtained over 40 acres of land for Central Parc, its proposed 90 acre lifestyle center in Solon, and hopes that the first stores will open in 2011. A rezoning issue for the site may appear on the March ballot.
28 September 2007
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections unanimously upheld a protest by the Westlake school board and removed an advisory zoning issue from the November ballot. City officials have not decided if they will appeal the decision.
21 September 2007
TransCon Builders reintroduced its proposal to build a senior housing subdivision next to Hawthorne Valley Country Club in Solon. The development was rejected by voters in May. They expanded the proposal to cover as many as 184 new homes on 61.6 acres, but also pledged that the country club would be preserved as a golf course or a park.
18 September 2007
Developers of the proposed Woodland Preserve development in Orange were informed that they "don't have a chance" of putting a rezoning issue on the March ballot. Stelex Equities is expected to present their plans to Village Council on October 3.
A U.S. District Court judge stayed the lawsuit by St. Maron's Church against the City of Independence until December 12. City officials have until then to decide if they will authorize the construction of a new church at the Marycrest site on Brookside Road. If the City refuses, then the case will proceed in December.
07 September 2007
Some Orange leaders are not pleased with how information about the proposed Woodland Preserve development was released, and that Mayor Mulcahy met with the developer for months prior to last month's presentation.
The Westlake Board of Education filed a formal protest of the advisory rezoning issue that City Council wants to put on the November ballot. The Board claims that the submission violated the city charter and that the advisory issue would be "inaccurate and grossly misleading to the electorate." The Board of Elections is scheduled to review the objection at its September 17 meeting.
31 August 2007
Westlake voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on three rezoning issues in November, including an advisory issue for the Bradley Road property owned by the Westlake Board of Education, and another regarding a proposed expansion of Crocker Park. In Seven Hills, voters will decide a rezoning issue for the Rockside Terrace development.
Plans for the Woodland Preserve, the proposed development on the Weintraub property in Orange, include 663 housing units, public space, a medical building, and a small retail center. The area is currently zoned for single-family residential development, and developers hope to get a rezoning issue on the March ballot.
Some Pepper Pike residents are opposed to a plan to rezone four properties at Chagrin Boulevard and Lewis Drive from residential to commercial. Officials say that the properties are not suitable for residential development. Owner Joe Lo Galbo wants to build offices on the site.
21 August 2007
14 August 2007
St. Maron's Church is suing the City of Independence, charging that municipality's planning and zoning code discriminates against it. City officials have not granted permission for a new church at the Marycrest site on Brookside Road.
06 August 2007
The City of Avon and Lake Pointe Construction have been unable to resolve their differences about the proposed residential to retail rezoning of about 24 acres at the southeast corner of Detroit and Center Roads, and the lawsuit is growing more complicated.
The owner of a 5.5 acre property on Royalton Road in Strongsville revived plans for building a hotel on the site, and applied for rezoning the property from office building to motorist service.
27 July 2007
In November, Highland Heights residents will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed rezoning of the former gas station at Wilson Mills Road and Alpha Drive from motor service district to general business. The owner of a neighboring shopping center wants to use the gas station site as part of a revitalization of the shopping strip.
23 July 2007
The developer of a proposed shopping center on the site of the former Boston Hills Country Club filed a complaint in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. The complaint asks for $10 million from the Village of Boston Heights if residents are successful in an effort to get the retail rezoning on the ballot via referendum.
20 July 2007
The Independence Planning Commission is continuing its attempts to reconcile the differences between the two plans for a senior housing district. While senior housing has been a controversial issue in Independence, it has been readily accepted in other Cuyahoga County suburbs.
The Brooklyn Sun Journal has more information about the entertainment district zoning overlay proposal that was approved by a Cleveland City Council committee. Councilman Cimperman said the first and only place the overlay will be applied is for the planned adult entertainment district on the Columbus Road peninsula in the Flats.
(Update: The Cleveland City Planning Commission approved the Flats adult entertainment district, but reduced the number of permitted clubs from three to two.)
19 July 2007
In November, Twinsburg voters will have the opportunity to vote on the creation of a mixed-use zoning classification. Municipal officials hope that it will encourage downtown development.
13 July 2007
Two realtors are marketing 53 acres along Pine Crest Drive and Harvard Road in Orage to commercial and retail developers. The land is currently occupied by 27 homes, and most homeowners have signed a three year listing agreement. Voters would have to approve a rezoning issue for construction to occur.
Bahman Guyuron, a Lyndhurst-based plastic surgeon, wants to build a shopping center on 90 acres in Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township. He owns all but one property in the area south of I-480 and east of Hadden Road, and the Twinsburg Township Trustees initiated the process to acquire the remaining property via eminent domain in March. The development would require the Twinsburg Township portion to be rezoned from residential to commercial, and Guyuron also wants the City and Township to establish a JEDD.
A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge ruled against the City of Solon and said that DiSanto Enterprises can build cluster homes at the proposed Southwoods subdivision. In September 2005, Solon City Council denied a request for 45 zoning variances that would have allowed the cluster homes. The City is expected to appeal the decision.
Independence officials are working to resolve the differences between two competing plans for a senior housing development. The Independence Planning Commission hopes to reach a compromise by December so that the issue can appear on the March ballot.
06 July 2007
Brecksville City Council approved an agreement with Palmieri Builders that will end the company's lawsuit against the City. The agreement calls for the 102 acre former B.F. Goodrich property at the southwest corner of Hillsdale Road and Parkview Drive to be rezoned from office/laboratory to residential. The site will be developed as two subdivisions, one limited to ten houses, and the other limited to 46 houses.
15 June 2007
By a vote of 7-1, Broadview Heights City Council reversed its earlier decision and placed a rezoning issue for the Ahek property on the November ballot. If approved by voters, 60% of the 57.5 acre site at the northwest corner of I-77 and Route 82 would be rezoned from office laboratory to retail.
Strongsville's residential setback provision is the source of controversy among some residents, but City officials say they do not intend to change the zoning code.
Westlake voters may be asked "for advisory purposes only" if the 42 acre undeveloped property on Bradley Road should be rezoned for recreational use only. The site is currently zoned residential, and the vote would advisory because the city's referendum zoning would not apply in this case. The president of the Westlake School Board says that it's an attempt to pressure them to sell the land to the City.
08 June 2007
The Independence Planning Commission recommended authorizing the creation of a senior housing district behind Concordia Lutheran Church, if the proposal is approved by voters. The land is currently owned by the church, and the proposal also requires the approval of church members.
18 May 2007
The City of Bedford Heights will hold a public hearing on Monday at 6:30 p.m. about the controversial senior housing proposal for land west of Holy Trinity Church on Columbus Road. The Planning Commission will have a special meeting on Tuesday at at 5:30 p.m. to vote on the plans.
11 May 2007
The Senior Coalition in Independence supports the proposed senior single-unit housing overlay ordinance that is under consideration by City Council. The Independence Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal on June 5.
09 May 2007
08 May 2007
Yesterday, Boston Heights residents delivered referendum petitions to the Village regarding the rezoning of the former Boston Hills Country Club. If the signatures are certified, the issue may appear on the November ballot.
26 April 2007
20 April 2007
Maple Heights City Council adopted a zoning change that will allow billboards on all city-owned land.
13 April 2007
Boston Heights Village Council approved a controversial rezoning of the former Boston Hills County Club, rezoning almost 66 acres from residential to retail. Developers want to build a shopping center on the rezoned portion of the site and 100 houses on the remaining area. Residents opposed to the development plan to fight the rezoning.
In the first of a two part series, the Solon Herald Sun summarizes the senior housing controversy in Solon and explains the views of the proposed development's supporters.
06 April 2007
Developers of the proposed senior housing development in Solon may debate opponents of the project on the City's cable television channel, but some City Council members are uncertain if it would be an appropriate use of the channel.
30 March 2007
Developer TransCon Builders filed a complaint against Solon Taxpayers Against Rezoning, claiming that literature distributed by the group contains several inaccuracies. TransCon is seeking voter approval for a rezoning that would permit them to build a senior housing development along Aurora Road.
A Chagrin Falls resident created Preserve Chagrin Falls and started a petition to gauge the level of concern in the community about proposed changes to the Village's zoning code that he says could lead to a rise in mansionization and teardowns.
28 March 2007
Boston Heights Village Council is considering raising the maximum permitted size of single-story retail establishments from 50,000 square feet to 125,000 square feet. If approved, it would permit the construction of proposed big box stores.
27 March 2007
Cleveland City Council established an Urban Garden District zoning classification. The permitted main uses in the district are community gardens, "land managed and maintained … to grow and harvest food crops and/or non-food, ornamental crops for personal or group use, consumption or donation," and market gardens, "land managed and maintained … to grow and harvest food crops and/or non-food, ornamental crops, such as flowers, to be sold for profit."
16 March 2007
By a vote of 3-2, the Maple Heights Planning Commission recommended that the City should permit billboards on all city-owned land, regardless of zoning, unless the billboards would be "viewable by residential districts."
08 March 2007
Broadview Heights City Council turned down a proposed settlement that would have put a rezoning issue for a 49.5 acre site at the northwest corner of I-77 and Route 82 on the May ballot. The property is currently zoned for offices, but property owners want to build big box retail on the site. The case is scheduled to go to trial on June 18.
07 March 2007
At a land use law conference yesterday, speakers said that Greater Cleveland's tax structure and zoning policies turn the development process into an obstacle course.
16 February 2007
Ed Morrison shares his thoughts on the connections between urban sprawl, single-use zoning, and regionalism. "We need to find new ways of collaborating across political boundaries. We are beginning to make some progress in this direction, but our progress is altogether too slow."
Lakewood officials have proposed adding preservation districts to the City's zoning code in order to preserve the character of neighborhoods. It would permit the City to implement design guidelines to "protect the integrity of the structures within the designated areas" and encourage restorations.
Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman introduced a plan on Monday that would rezone stretches along Detroit and Lorain Avenues in Ohio City to prevent used car lots from moving in, saving the land for housing development. Cimperman asserted that the area now has many abandoned buildings that are "ripe for redevelopment".
09 February 2007
Cleveland City Council is considering a proposal to create an urban gardening district zoning classification. It would be used to protect community gardens from development.
The Maple Heights Planning Commission is considering a proposal to allow billboards on all municipally owned land, including residential areas. Some members feel that the proposal is too broad.
26 January 2007
North Olmsted City Council voted to rezone 17 parcels on Bradley Road from limited industrial to residential. Some residents and business owners object to the decision, but Council members said that it's best for the future of the area.
11 January 2007
Northfield Center Township Trustees unanimously voted to deny a rezoning request for a 51 acre site at Twinsburg Road near State Route 8. Developers want to use the property and an additional 150 acres in Boston Heights for a mixed-use lifestyle center. They may ask Boston Heights to annex the land.
In June, the Maple Heights Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals will be combined into a new Planning and Zoning Board as the result of a charter amendment approved by voters in November.