The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council is committed to maintaining Hyde Park as a desirable neighborhood, educating and informing citizens, and providing an opportunity for participation in community affairs.
HPNC meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.
The meeting location may change from month to month so please check the Neighborhood
Updates section for the latest information. We'd love to see you there!
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Would you like to get to know your neighbors and document safety concerns on Linwood Ave? Are you curious about how to get involved with local government? Do you want to learn more about safe street design?
Join your neighbors as we conduct a walking audit of a portion of Linwood Avenue that has proven itself to be unsafe. The audit consists of a group walk and documenting our observations based on a list of prompts.
When: Tuesday, October 18th at 6pm
Where: Meet at Linwood Ave and Halpin Ave
Hyde Park Community Council
Community Engagement Committee
Please join us on Tuesday, October 11th, at 7 pm.
The meeting will be held in The Little Theatre, at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, at 1345 Grace Ave.
The meeting packet is posted to the "Meetings & Minutes" section of the HPNC website.
Please join us on Saturday, October 1, from 1:00-4:00, at Sonny Kim Park. East Hyde Park Fall Family Fest will feature music, foor, and fun for all ages, with a bounce house, balloon artists, and a small live band.
We hope to see you there!
This event is funded by the City of Cincinnati.
The Hyde Park Art Show is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd.
Currently, they're looking for volunteers to assist with Set Up, Traffic Control, and Teardown. If you'd like to help out you can learn more here, or you can contact Janet Smith directly at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Membership Drive is taking place in September and October. We appreciate your support! Join us in helping to get the word out by participating in our Walk Your Neighborhood initiative. We have created a letter that can be printed and delivered to your neighbors. Our goal is to have every household in Hyde Park receive a letter. What better way to get your steps in than by helping your community! If you send us a photo of yourself delivering letters, you’ll get an extra entry to win a gift card to a local Hyde Park business.
You can download a copy of the letter here.
Happy walking! And thank you for supporting Hyde Park!
Anthony Isaacs led a team of folks on this one. Thanks, Anthony (and volunteers), for your beautifying efforts!
Clear the overgrown vegetation from the walking path that connects Tamarack and Grigg Avenues to Withrow H.S. and Wulsin Park. The CRC has added some new concrete paths in the park and rebuilt the broken end of the connecting pathway from Tamarack and Grigg, but honeysuckle, ivy, and soil are covering about a third of the walkway, making it difficult to comfortably use the walkway.
Meeting time and place:
July 28th, 2022 at 7pm
Walkway at the corner of Tamarack Ave and Grigg Ave
After removing ivy, honeysuckle and soil from the existing walkway, the path from Tamarack and Grigg to Withrow H.S. and Wulsin Park is much more accessible to people pushing strollers, using wheelchairs, walking dogs, or riding bikes.
Please join us on Tuesday, August 9th.
The meeting will be held in The Little Theatre, at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, at 1345 Grace Ave.
The meeting packet is posted to the "Meeting & Minutes" section of the HPNC website.
On Thursday, June 23rd, Cincinnati City Council unanimously approved the DORA application for Hyde Park Square. There is not yet a formal opening date, but those involved are doing all they can to have the DORA up and running before summer's end.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions you have!
Please join us on Tuesday, June 14th.
The meeting will be held on/in Knox Commons, at Knox Presbyterian Church, at 3400 Michigan Ave. Th agenda will include a presentation on possible Wasson Way Access points in East Hyde Park
The meeting packet is posted to the "Meeting & Minutes" section of the HPNC website.
On Tuesday May 10 at 7pm, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council (HPNC) will hold its Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at Clark Montessori High School at 3030 Erie Avenue.
The Annual Meeting will include:
Please join us on Tuesday evening as we recognize our “Outstanding Students” and learn more about efforts to promote pedestrian safety and trails in our city.
Read the May meeting agenda, May committee reports, and minutes from our past meetings here.
We're excited to announce our next monthly meeting will be in-person! Please join us on Tuesday, April 12th at 7 pm at the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church at 1345 Grace Avenue. The meeting will be held on the second floor, in the "Little Theater". All are welcome to join!
The community of Hyde Park is fortunate to be home to many talented, caring, and charitable individuals. Some have touched people with acts of kindness or added to the quality of life in our community. Others have shown remarkable dedication to neighborhood issues or made other significant contributions that have made a difference. Each year at its Annual Meeting, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council (HPNC) honors an exemplary adult resident of Hyde Park — one of those remarkable people we are proud to call neighbor. HPNC invites all Hyde Park residents to nominate a Hyde Park adult who is worthy of this honor.
Do you know a special Hyde Park resident who has touched people with acts of kindness or added significantly to the quality of life in our community? Someone who has shown remarkable dedication to neighborhood issues or made other major contributions that have made a difference? If so, please consider nominating them for this wonderful award.
You can find the Nomination Form here. Once completed, please return it to HPNCpres@gmail.com by 5:00 PM on April 2nd, 2022.
The HPNC Board of Trustees would like to solicit feedback from the Hyde Park community about a pending proposal to create a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) around Hyde Park Square. To that end, we have created a quick survey that's available to all. You can get to the survey, as well as some additional information about DORAs and the the proposal, via this link.
UPDATE: The slides presented during the meeting are available on the Meetings & Minutes page, here.
There will be a special meeting on Wednesday, March 16th, at 7pm, specifically to discuss the proposed expansion of Hyde Park School. Please join us for a presentation by:
Following the presentation, the HPNC will facilitate a discussion with the community about the proposed expansion.
This meeting will be held online, via Google Meet. You can participate without a Google account, but you must be using the desktop web version, not the Google Meet mobile app.
Date: March 16th, 2022
Time: 7 pm
Phone: +1 605-865-2177 (PIN: 389614947)
A combination of support from Hyde Park East Chamber of Commerce, Hyde Park Neighborhood Council, Hyde Park Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, and Cincinnati's Neighborhood Support Program, and others has resulted in three new identification pillars located at the Erie Ave and Saybrook Intersection. These pillars mimic the pillars originally constructed when Hyde Park East neighborhood was originally constructed back in the early 1900's. If all goes well, additional pillars will be constructed as funds become available.
HPNC will hold its upcoming meetings online; these January meetings were initially planned to be held in-person, but have been moved back online in response to recently increasing COVID-19 concerns. Meeting Minutes and Agendas for these, and all other meetings, can be found here.
The regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, January 11th (the second Tuesday of the month) at 7 pm via Google Meet. The draft agenda, written reports, and prior month's regular meeting's minutes will be posted to our website on Monday.
Additionally, there will be a special meeting the following Thursday, January 13th, also at 7pm, specifically to discuss the development plans for the Hyde Park Baptist Church property at the corner of Michigan and Erie on Hyde Park Square (3460 Michigan Ave.). This meeting will also be held online via Google Meet.
Both meetings will use the Google Meet link provided below. You can participate without a Google account, but you must be using the desktop web version, not the Meet mobile app.
Read our December meeting agenda, December committee notes, and November minutes here:
Read our November meeting agenda, November committee notes, and October minutes here:
At the HPNC's October 12 monthly meeting, trustees received an update from representatives of the Hyde Park Square Business Association about a potential Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) for Hyde Park. The attached letter describes the motion passed by the HPNC, the HPNC's desire to continue providing feedback as an application is developed, and the HPNC's request for more information from the City about the application submission and approval process.
Read our October meeting agenda, October committee notes, and September minutes here:
On July 29, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council (HPNC) hosted a public meeting where PLK Communities Vice President Nick Lingenfelter presented on their project at 3660 Michigan Ave. A meeting summary can be found here. The PLK presentation can be found here. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting and took part in the discussion.
On Wednesday July 28 at 7pm, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council (HPNC) will host an in-person, public meeting to learn about and discuss PLK's apartment project along Wasson Way.
The meeting will be at the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church (1345 Grace Ave) on the 2nd floor in the Little Theater.
The agenda will begin with PLK presenting their overall plans, traffic study, and water/sewer plans.
Following PLK's presentation, HPNC will facilitate a discussion about the project.
All are welcome to attend.
We're excited to announce our next monthly meeting will be in-person! Please join us on Tuesday, July 13th at 7 pm at the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church at 1345 Grace Avenue. The meeting will be held on the second floor in the "Little Theater". All are welcome to join!
On Tuesday May 11 at 7pm, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council (HPNC) will hold its Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held virtually.
The Annual Meeting will include updates from Wasson Way, the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market (invited), and Hyde Park Perks, the HPNC’s partnership with Hyde Park businesses to provide HPNC members with promotions and deals.
The Annual Meeting will also include the election of trustees. This year’s nominees include Alan Edwards, Brianna Frappier-Schirmang, and Todd Roe who joined in the last year along with previously elected trustees Janet Buening, Rich Postler, Bob Smyth, and Valerie Woodham.
Please join us for the update!
Meeting Link: meet.google.com/qmi-pksd-vem
Hyde Park Perks has launched! HPNC has partnered with local Hyde Park businesses to bring HPNC members promotions and deals. Your $20 yearly membership fee/donation gets you access to all the Hyde Park Perks. Digital HPNC Membership cards are being distributed to members. Show your card to one of the businesses on the Hyde Park Perks list to take advantage of your perks!
Hyde Park's small businesses appreciate your support! Eat, drink, shop and play in Hyde Park in 2021. How many Hyde Park businesses can you check off your list? Discover all the small businesses in Hyde Park here. Thanks for shopping small and supporting the Hyde Park community!
Spread some holiday cheer! Have you noticed all the beautiful lights in Hyde Park? HPNC is sponsoring Light Up Hyde Park this season. Vote for your favorite holiday decor and light displays in Hyde Park here. Access the Light Up Hyde Park map here. Voting continues through January 1st. Have fun! Thanks to all the homes and businesses for their participation!
The Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) has received several complaints about eastbound vehicles on Observatory Ave not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk when turning left (north) onto Edwards Rd.
DOTE is considering modifying the traffic signal to include a “left turn on green arrow only” for eastbound vehicles turning left (north) on Edwards.
Adding a “left turn on green arrow only” will eliminate the conflict between pedestrians crossing Edwards in the north crosswalk and vehicles turning left on Edwards. When pedestrians have a “walk” signal for the north crosswalk, eastbound vehicles on Observatory will not be allowed to turn left on Edwards.
Adding this “left turn on green arrow only” will increase wait times for all users at the intersection. Vehicles traveling through the intersection will have a longer red light, vehicles turning north onto Edwards will have a longer wait, and pedestrians will have a longer wait for the “walk” signal. This change will also require the loss of a few parking spots on all legs of the intersection.
Please use the feedback form in the link below to let us know if you prefer the existing traffic signal timing, or the addition of the “left turn on green arrow only.”
The Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration hosted by the Hyde Park Farmers' Market will be held on Tuesday, November 24th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on Hyde Park Square. Local farmers and food artisans offer fresh produce, meats and prepared foods for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The road closes at 6:00 PM and reopens at 10:00 PM. The closure includes Erie between Edwards and Michigan as is typical for the Sunday Farmer's Market. Visit the Hyde Park Famers' Market at https://www.hydeparkfarmersmarket.com/home/turkey-tuesday/ for details
Have you walked through the new and improved Hyde Park Square? Over the years, shrubbery and fountain issues had overtaken the square. In an effort to restore the park to a safe and family-friendly place for all, HPNC, private donors, and the Cincinnati Parks Department have collaborated to give the park a new look. See the completed design here.
HPNC monthly meetings have gone virtual! Monthly meetings are held through Google Meet. To join our October meeting on 10/30/2020 at 7 pm, please use this link: meet.google.com/qmi-pksd-vem. Look out for an updated meeting link each month. All are welcome to join and participate!
Due to COVID-19 concerns, all scheduled HPNC meetings will be conducted online until it is determined safe to conduct public meetings. We will have two options for each meeting:
If anyone from the public wishes to speak or present, please email Danielle at HPNCpres@gmail.com in advance of the meeting for further instructions.
A reminder for speakers calling into meetings by telephone, Google Meet uses *6 as the sequence to mute or un-mute your audio. (Documentation link)
As always, thank you for your support. We look forward to having attend our virtual meeting on Tuesday at 7pm!
Thank you to all of you who have reached out about way so to support your community during this global pandemic. HPNC has gathered together a few ways you can help out your neighbors - both businesses and community members. We wish you all the best during this time and to stay healthy and safe!
Here is a link with updated COVID-19 information from the City of Cincinnati: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-ELrZoYdf07EywP8tT0SYcQTMKFswbYF
Helpful Resources - Cincinnati and Ohio Hotlines and Websites:
Ohio COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-427-5634
Cincinnati if you are feeling symptoms: 513-357-7642
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800-799-7233
Domestic Violence assistance in Cincinnati: 513-381-5610
United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund: 1-866-211-9966
Looking for a way to help??
1) Support local restaurants - Order take-out/delivery or purchase a gift card for later use from your favorite local restaurant!
Click here for a running list of Hyde Park restaurants
Click here for a list of restaurants all over Cincinnati
2) Shop for a neighbor - Do you need help shopping for the essentials and can't leave the house? Or are you willing to volunteer and help a neighbor in need? Please email HPNCpres@gmail.com and we will match up those in need with a volunteer shopper.
3) Donate - Consider a gift to one of our local non-profits! United Way, UC, Freestore Foodbank, and many more have set up funds specifically to support people during this crisis. Hoxworth Blood Center is also in desperate need for blood donations - yes it is still safe to give blood if you are healthy!
As always, we are here to help if you need anything! Please do not hesitate to reach out.
Due to the recent restaurant and bar mandatory closings, many restaurants and bars in Hyde Park are offering takeout, delivery, or curb-side pick-up. This is a great way to support small businesses in our community!
An article by Cincinnati CityBeat lists all restaurants and bars in the greater Cincinnati area offering takeout, delivery, and curb-side pick-up.
If you are a restaurant or bar in Hyde Park offering takeout, delivery, or curb-side pick-up, please send us a message! We are working on gathering information so we can share it with the community.
With confirmed cases of COVID-19 (the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) now in Ohio, HPNC would like to remind everyone to please consider taking precautions to keep yourself and your neighbors from becoming ill.
The Cincinnati Park Board, Cincinnati Parks Foundation and private donors are funding a renovation of the park at the center of Hyde Park Square. Quoted here from the Cincinnati Parks page:
The renovation is expected to be completed in 2020. The site plan can be found on the Cincinnati Park website (PDF). If you have any comments or feedback on these plans, please share them with email@example.com . This project will be presented to the Board of Park Commissioners for approval on Friday February 28 at 9 AM, 950 Eden Park Drive and the public is welcome to attend. Speakers cards need to be filled out prior to 9 AM.
Please join us at a meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 7 PM in the Social Hall at Knox Presbyterian Church to learn more about the most recent proposed plan for the City Homes at Wasson Way project.
All are welcome to attend. Contact Us if you have any questions.
The second phase of the Wasson Way bike trail officially opened today (November 09, 2019) at 10:22 (AM). Phase 2 extends the existing Wasson Way trail across I-71 to Montgomery Road near Xaiver University.
The opening was again celebrated by a large crowd; today's coffee and hot chocolate were provided by Coffee Emporium and bagels by Bruegger’s Bagels. Entertainment was provided by a live band as well as the Withrow Marching Band, which led the crowd to the ribbon cutting at the bridge above the I-71 exit ramp. Speeches were given by Wasson Way Board President Sean McGrory, Cincinnati Mayor Cranley, Cincinnati Council-member Murray, Norwood Mayor-elect Schneider, State Senator Wilson, and Alisha Loch of the Wasson Way Marketing Committee.
Future plans - The Wasson Way was awarded a $6M Federal grant; this will be matched by $2M+ in private donations to add 4 miles of trail. In several years, one will be able to go over 5 miles from Avondale/Uptown to Ault Park and Red Bank Road (eventually reaching Armleder/Lunken and the Little Miami Trail). Special thanks to OKI, City of Cincinnati, Green Umbrella's Tri-State Trails and the CROWN Fundraising team for making this happen!
The dumpster for the Hyde Park Blitz will be set up on Monday (11/4), emptied Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and removed on Friday (11/8). It will be placed on Burch Ave. between Madison and Erie.
The roving trash trucks will be out and about on Friday! If you are unable to make it to the dumpster and require a garbage pickup, please send us your address by Thursday afternoon through our Contact Us page.
What is the Blitz Dumpster? The Blitz Dumpster allows residents to dispose of furniture, mattresses (do not need to be wrapped in plastic), sofas, TV’s, and other trash. Tires must be placed on the ground and stacked in front of the dumpsters. Liquids are prohibited (paint, oil, gasoline, paint thinner, chemicals).
🍁🍁 Happy Fall Cleaning! 🍁🍁
The issue of the SF-6 to SF-2 zone change on Wasson Road for the proposed City Homes development got back-to-back hearings at Cincinnati City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The issue was first discussed at 11am in the Economic Growth and Zoning Committee, chaired by Council member Amy Murray. After hearing comments from Ken French, his lawyer, supporters of the project, a lawyer representing a Hyde Park resident who opposes the project, and a very large group of Hyde Park residents and members of the Hyde Park Community Council, Murray voted to oppose the zone change and Council member Jeff Pastor abstained, saying he could see both sides of the issue. Council and the Economic Growth and Zoning Committee member Christopher Smitherman was absent. Without a majority vote either in favor or opposition of the issue, it passed on to City Council without a recommendation from the committee.
The issue was on the agenda for the 2pm City Council meeting. Both sides again made public comment, and the item was brought up for a vote. After some discussion – and Council members noted they were very impressed with the extensive community engagement in opposition to the zone change, including the 2,000 signatures on the petition – Council members said they had a lot of questions about the project and felt they could not make a decision at this time. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to refer the item back to the Economic Growth and Zoning Committee for further information, discussion, and a vote of recommendation. Council member Sittenfeld also said he hoped the residents and developer would meet and try to find a way to compromise, to reach a win/win before that meeting.
HPNC has set up an ad hoc committee to meet with the residents and the developer to continue the discussion about the project. The issue will be on the agenda for the October 15 EDZ meeting, at 11am in Council Chambers, Room 300 City Hall. We encourage all residents and interested parties to plan to attend this session.
HPNC and the residents sincerely thank all the City Council members who took time to come out to see the site and hear our concerns prior to the meetings: Amy Murray, Jeff Pastor, David Mann, Chris Seelbach, Greg Landsman, Wendell Young, and P.G. Sittenfeld.
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council (HPNC) hosted a Public Meeting on August 8 and heard Jason Williams, Principal-Director of Design for Phoenix Architecture, spokesman for a new team seeking to develop the site at 2680 Madison Road (the former Huggs/Pig & Whistle site). The Architect, Developer and Operator team introduced themselves, presented an eight story hotel concept, answered questions from the audience and HPNC Trustees.
The developers plan a 100 room, seven story hotel with 104 parking spaces. The proposed hotel use is a principal permitted use for the CC-A zoned property. The adjacent Besuden Court SF-6 zoned properties are not part of the project and will remain residential. LaRosa restaurant property is no longer part of the project. Several Madison Road fronting properties currently zoned Office Limited (OL) will be used for hotel parking and access.
At the meeting, the primary concerns expressed were traffic, lighting, security and construction issues. The traffic study shows a hotel will have lowest impact of any of the CC-A uses. Most of the traffic issues mentioned at the meeting are beyond the scope and responsibility of this project.
By developer statement and zoning committee review, it is anticipated no variances, special exceptions, zone change and consequently no public hearing. The Zoning Committee believes that this development offers lowest impact to neighbors compared to other principal uses in the current CC-A zoning district.
With this new proposal, the earlier plan by the CIG group to develop the property is no longer in play.
City Homes at Wasson Way is a proposal to build 6 single family houses on the strip of land between Wasson Road and the Wasson Way bike path, just east of the parking lot at the corner of Paxton Ave and Wasson. This land is currently zoned SF-6. The proposal would require several lot splits. The existing parking lot would be split off into its own lot and keep its existing CC-A zone (in keeping the the adjacent doctor's office on Paxton). The remainder of the property would be rezoned from SF-6 to SF-2, and be split into 6 lots for construction of 6 single family houses. The brochure distributed by the developer/applicant at a regular meeting of HPNC on June 11 can be seen using the brochure link.
HPNC is not aware of changes after the June presentation to HPNC except as recently communicated by the developer Mr. French. He is proposing to widen the residential driveways by 2’ per unit to enable turnarounds on site. Each unit will have 2 car garage parking, and 2 car parking at the south end of the driveway. All cars will be able to turn around to avoid backing out onto Wasson Rd. His traffic engineer has proposed restriping Wasson Rd to allow for a center turn lane and 12 car street parking in front of units 1-5. DOTE agreed with the proposed reconfiguration. The bus stop on the North side of Wasson close to Kroger is no longer serving an active route.
The proposal has 6 lots for single family house construction. Two lots would be 3640 sq. ft. and 4 lots would be 2920 sq. ft. Two smaller irregular (unbuildable) parcels would remain, and would fall under the homeowner's maintenance. The SF-2 required 5’ front yard setback is satisfied but the front yard will consist of concrete planter boxes extending from the building to the 5’ public sidewalk. . Front elevation of the houses is 3 stories. Rear elevation is 2 stories. The 7’ rear yard setback from the building rear face to the rear property line (common to the Wasson Way bike path) is only about one third the required SF-2 setback of 20’. A large rear yard variance is necessary.
Lot splits of 6 lots and zone changes must go before the Cincinnati Planning Commission. Large projects like this one frequently have a Staff Conference before the scheduled Planning Commission meeting. There was a Staff Conference on 8/1, but few attended. Because HPNC did not get notice of the Aug 1 staff conference, we did not participate. Cincinnati Planning Staff report generated for the Planning Commission recommends approval of this project. At its 8/13 regular board meeting, HPNC passed the motion: “HPNC is opposed to City Homes on Wasson Way residential development and the needed SF-6 to SF-2 zone change” because we did not feel that the development maintained the existing character of Hyde Park.
The issue of the SF-6 to SF-2 zone change for the proposed City Homes development got back-to-back hearings at Cincinnati City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The issue was first discussed at 11am in the Economic Development and Zoning Committee, chaired by Council member Amy Murray. After hearing comments from Ken French, his lawyer, supporters of the project, a lawyer representing a Hyde Park resident who opposes the project,and a very large group of Hyde Park residents and members of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council, Murray voted to oppose the zone change. Committee member Jeff Pastor abstained, saying he could see both sides of the issue. EDZ Committee member Christopher Smitherman was absent. Without a majority vote either in favor or opposition of the issue, it passed on to City Council without a recommendation from the EDZ committee.
The issue was on the agenda for the 2pm City Council meeting. Both sides again made public comment, and the item was brought up for a vote. After some discussion – and Council members noted they were very impressed with the extensive community engagement in opposition to the zone change,including the 2,000 signatures on the petition – Council members said they had a lot of questions about the project and felt they could not make a decision at this time. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to refer the item back to the EDZ Committee for further information, discussion, and a vote of recommendation. Council member Sittenfeld also said he hoped the residents and developer would meet and try to find a way to compromise, to reach a win/win before the next EDZ meeting (Oct 15 at 11 am, Room 300 City Hall) when this item returns to the EDZ agenda.
HPNC has set up an ad hoc committee to meet with the residents and the developer to continue the discussion about the project. We encourage all residents and interested parties to plan to attend the Oct 15 EDZ session.
HPNC and the residents sincerely thank all the City Council members who took time to come out to see the site and hear our concerns prior to the Sept 25 meetings: Amy Murray, Jeff Pastor, David Mann, Chris Seelbach, Greg Landsman, Wendell Young, and P.G. Sittenfeld.
Funding for Wasson Way Phase 2 across I-71 using the existing railroad bridge to Evanston and Norwood is in hand, and construction will start soon.
The first phase of the Wasson Way bike trail opened on July 28th. Opening of phase one of the Wasson Way was celebrated by a large crowd and music, prizes, speeches, special Busken WW cookies, Coffee Emporium coffee, and LaRosa's pizza. Phase 1 extends from Madison Road west to the approach of the Bridge across I-71.
HPNC is a founder and long-term supporter of the Hyde Park Center for Older Adults. The Center wants to be more of a presence in the Hyde Park Community. HPCOA is celebrating its 45 years with a Homecoming Open House on Tuesday, October 15 from 3 to 6pm at the Hyde Park Center, 2800 Erie Ave. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct 11 at 513-321-6816
revised 12/26/2018: new paragraph added at the bottom...
On June 6, 2018, Cincinnati City Council adopted Interim Development Control (IDC) Overlay District No. 81, "Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout District", in the Hyde Park and Mount Lookout neighborhoods as an overlay district for a period of three months. This Emergency Ordinance took effect immediately, and will be in place until September 6, 2018. During the period of the IDC, all demolition permits filed in Hyde Park and Mount Lookout are required to go through additional review by the City Planning Commission.
Along with the IDC, on May 18, 2018, Cincinnati City Planning Commission temporarily suspended Chapter 6 of the City’s Subdivision Rules, requiring all subdivisions of land within Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout to be reviewed by the City Planning Commission. This suspension is in place for a period of 100 days, expiring on August 25, 2018.
During this time, City Planning Department Staff will be facilitating a study of residential density patterns, including the study of identifiable historic, architectural, and physical attributes embodied by property in the Hyde Park and Mount Lookout neighborhoods to determine if there are any necessary amendments to the Cincinnati Zoning Code and/or Subdivision Regulations that will help preserve and protect the long-standing, character-defining features and density patterns of those neighborhoods. The city asks this study to be completed in the 3 months this IDC is in place.
To assist in this study, City Council created a Working Group of seven people to work together diligently together over the period of these next three months to discuss and agree upon any proposed changes. One member of the Hyde Park Community Council Executive Committee is one of the seven on the Working Group (see highlighted text below).
Section 6. That there is hereby created a working group of seven members including one member of the Hyde Park Community Council Executive Committee, one member of the Mount Lookout Community Council Executive Board, the Mayor or his designee, one member of the Economic Growth and Zoning Committee or the member’s designee, one member of the City Planning Commission, two members of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Cincinnati, one of whom represents a large residential home builder and one who represents a small residential home builder, and one representative of the Cincinnati Board of Realtors. Each group or entity comprising the working group shall select its representative to the working group. The committee shall be staffed by a representative of the City Administration selected by the City Manager. The working group shall provide a report on its recommendations for zoning code map amendments, zoning code text amendments, and other relevant code and policy changes to address concerns related to demolitions in the Hyde Park and Mount Lookout neighborhoods to the Economic Growth and Zoning Committee within ninety days of the effective date of this ordinance.
The first meeting of the IDC Working Group was Tuesday, June 19, 2018. We agreed to weekly meetings on Thursday mornings at 8:00am in the II Centennial Plaza building (likely 5th floor), with a large public meeting to report progress to the community at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church Little Theater at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 24th. Note that this committee’s purview does not include tax abatement; reviewing possible Conservation District rules from other cities and beginning to develop recommendations for Cincinnati rules is the expected agenda for the next few weeks. Meetings are public, but voting members are limited to those listed in Section 6 above. HPNC President, Bob Smyth, is Hyde Park’s official representative in this study group.
The second meeting of the IDC Working Group was Tuesday, June 26, 2018. We reviewed some of the many conservation district guidelines furnished as a model (Beacon Hill from San Antonio seemed well regarded), and discussed possible priorities for our group. The main output was the request that each of the 8 official members submit their top 3 priorities for this IDC to Jared Ellis by Monday, July 3.
paragraph added 7/7/2018: The third working group meeting was Thursday, July 5, and we began to establish short term and long term goals. We were charged with preparing the amendments to the zoning code, and rewrite to the lot split regulations for review on July 12. On July 6, members of the IDC working group appeared before the city's Planning Commission to ask to extend the 90 day term of the IDC to 1 year to allow more time to develop the necessary consensus for the possible conservancy district regulations. The planning commission voted unanimously to support the extension. The extension must be approved by city council before it can take effect. That vote is tentatively scheduled when council returns from summer recess on September 6.
paragraph added 7/31/2018: There was a public meeting on July 24 to present the progress of the working group and to gather public comment. A draft of the revised subdivision rules was presented. The draft rules require all lot splits go before City Planning Commission (current requirement is 5 lots or more), tightens up lot subdivision rules, restricts panhandle lots, . Creation of legislation to create a conservancy districts in the city was discussed. Given limited available time, initial conservancy district guidelines will have to be fairly broad, and will probably govern building envelope, and building placement (rather than specific elements of style). Public comment received asked for increased notification of building demolition application, and concerns about clear cutting trees and vegetation (especially during demolition or construction). Still expect to submit a draft of the lot splitting rules, and an initial draft of some conservancy district guidelines that govern demolition and new construction to City Planning Commission on August 17.
Paragraph added 8/14/18: At the 8/14/18 regular monthly board meeting, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council Board voted to support the draft updated subdivision regulations (draft revised 8/8/18), the draft enabling legislation that allows the city to enact neighborhood conservancy districts (Chapter 1436 also dated 8/8/18), and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Conservation District plan to cover the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council boundaries (less the current business overlay districts) that describe maximum building envelop for replacement housing where a demolition is involved. These documents are all products of the IDC81 working group to be presented for endorsement at the Cincinnati Planning Commission meeting on August 17. and to Cincinnati City Council by Sept 6 at the expiration of the current IDC81.
Paragraph added 8/20/18: At its 8/17 meeting, the Cincinnati Planning Commission voted to accept city planning staff recommendations related to IDC81. Cincinnati Planning Commission recommends to city council to pass the proposed legislation allowing creation of Neighborhood Conservation Districts in Cincinnati, and to enact the proposed Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout Neighborhood Conservation districts. Cincinnati Planning Commission recommends the narrower extension of the IDC81 until 12/31/18 in order to draft requirements for building new housing on vacant lots (currently only demolitions are directly within the IDC81's scope of work). Cincinnati Planning Commission also voted to support the draft revisions to city code related to lot splits and the demolition/building permit process to allow needed vetting by the affected agencies before presentation to city council (also expected by year end)
Paragraphs revised 9/6/18: IDC81 was the main topic of Mt. Lookout's regular August Meeting on 8/20/18 at Christ the King Church. On 9/5/18, Cincinnati City Council's Economic Growth and Zoning subcommittee voted 4-0 to support the creation of Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout Neighborhood Conservation Districts, and support a 3 month extension of a limited IDC81, and to forward their recommendations to the full city council for their for enactment at council's regular meeting on 9/6 in room 300 at City Hall.
At the September 6, 2018 Cincinnati City Council meeting, council voted to table legislation allowing the creation of Neighborhood Conservation Districts. The original IDC81 also expires on Sept 6. Its charge was to create rules that govern the demolition and replacement of housing (on the same lot). The IDC81 working group created rules governing replacement structures that were contained in the Neighborhood Conservation District (legislation now tabled). It would appear with the tabling of the NCD's, rules governing replacement structures are simply the underlying zoning code. This also suggests that there is no change from the setup before the IDC81 was created, except that all lot splits must be reviewed by the planning commission.
City Council also extended IDC81 in a limited way IDC81 for 3 months. The limited extension of 3 months was only requested to allow time to create rules for "new" housing constructed on vacant lots (both long term vacant, and new vacant lots created by lot splitting). What they said in council today, was that the IDC81 extension was to allow time to finish the update of the city's lot splitting regulations (draft legislation already completed, and out for comment by the numerous affected agencies).
Also mentioned in council that if the NCD legislation returns to the agenda, it needs to apply city wide (and that requirement was outside the charge of the IDC81 working group. My understanding of the limited IDC81 is to allow time to create rules for housing to be built on vacant lots (however they came to be vacant). The original IDC81 created rules for demolition and replacement structures on the same lot.
So at best, you could say, its is back to the drawing board, and frequent meetings of the IDC working group. At worst, you might suspect NCD;s are dead. I did not know there was organized opposition to the NCD's until this afternoon, when the realtor organization (who were a voting member of IDC working group) showed up in council, and announced their opposition of the NCD's...
paragraph added 11/2: On 10/31, Cincinnati City Council voted to restore the original provisions of IDC81. Remember that on Sept 8, council had extended the IDC in a very limited way to only require planning commission review for projects building on vacant land. With Wednesday's vote, the original provisions of the IDC are brought back. Those provisions require review by Cincinnati Planning Commission of demolitions and lot splits in Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park thru the term of the IDC, now expected to end on Dec 8. After that, the governing legislation returns to the original zoning code.
paragraph added 11/13: A city-wide neighborhoods review meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 28 at 7pm, at Two Centennial Plaza, 805 Central Avenue, 7th floor, Griesel Room A and B, Cincinnati OH 45202. The review meeting is to gather comments on how the new Subdivision Rules and Regulations will impact lot splits in each neighborhood. The 11/13/18 DRAFT Subdivision Rules and Regulations are attached below
paragraph added 12/28: IDC81 has expired, and the process for demolition and rebuild has reverted to the old zoning code. That means for a single house demolition and rebuild, processing of the application will be done by city staff, and if a zoning variance is not required, notice of approval will be sent to adjacent property owners and the respective neighborhood council.
Updates to the city’s lot split regulations were approved by the city's Planning Commission on 12/21. The new regulations take effect on 12/31. The new regulations require lot splits of 4 or more to be reviewed by the Planning Commission (down from the previous 5). Smaller lots splits (2, 3, or 4) can be approved by city staff, if you don’t have to build a street, or have major utility revisions, or have significant public comment. When an application is filed, the applicant puts up a sign on the affected property to notify the neighborhood. If city staff gets significant public comment, staff will require review of the lot split by the planning commission. There are additional rules about panhandle lots, and they are no longer approved by right. Note that application for lot splits will be accepted before the existing house is torn down (unlike the current process). These new regulations will apply city wide, and will require a few changes to the city’s zoning code to allow the Planning Commission to grant zoning code variances (similar powers are held by the city's Zoning Hearing Examiner)
IDC working group meeting minutes and other relevant documents are available thru the links below:
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CINCINNATI – In September, 2017, the City of Cincinnati’s Parking Division changed meters to reflect the $0.25 increase. The change effects the City’s smart meters and multi-space kiosks, which comprise the majority of metered spaces. The remaining older, coin-operated Duncan meters will also be updated. “As we start to see growth in commercial activity, adjusting rates allows us to manage parking supply and cut down time spent searching for a parking spot, thereby cutting down on traffic and congestion,” said Oscar Bedolla, director of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development, which houses the Parking Division. “In turn, more customers get through the doors of our local businesses.” This is the first increase in neighborhood meter rates since 2010. Rates in the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine (OTR) were last increased in 2015 with the creation of five parking zones throughout the two areas. This is consistent with the City’s dynamic pricing parking model.