At the Westwood Coalition community meeting on December 2,Cameron Ross, senior city planner, presented the refinement of the Westwood transect map, reflecting the proposed application of the Cincinnati Form Based Code to Westwood’s historic business district. We will post notes from that meeting later this week but here is the transect map as presented and as it will be recommended to the Cincinnati Planning Commission on December 13, 2013. Click on link below. Please comment or post questions here or to the Coalition’s email address.
The Westwood Coalition welcomes the community to a meeting at Westwood United Methodist Church on December 2 at 7 p.m. We’ve talked about the Form Based Code before but this time, we’ll present refinements to the application of the Cincinnati Form Based Code to the historic business district.
Wondering what that means? Well, back in August, about 80 of us came together to look at maps and talk about the area that might benefit from the Form Based Code. We said in our report and recommendations that we’d get back together as a community to share further developments to the map, or regulating plan, once City Planning officials refined it. Come to the meeting to see the details. Bring a neighbor with you.
You might want to read our two page Form Based Code Myths and Realities in advance for a better sense of what the code is — and what it is not.
The Cincinnati Form Based Code and, more specifically, its anticipated application to Westwood’s historic business district, has spawned some misconceptions or myths. The Westwood Coalition offers our neighbors this two page list of myths and corresponding realities. We hope that you will take a look, read more deeply in our Further Reading section, and share this information with friends and neighbors. Feel free to email the Coalition with questions and comments. Here is the list of Form Based Code Myths and Realities.
Mark your calendar, details forthcoming: The next Westwood Coalition community meeting will be the evening of December 2, 2013.
The Coalition’s recommendations to the community, noted below, were endorsed over the past few weeks by the four Westwood organizations named above. At the October 22, 2013 meeting of the Westwood Coalition, all members of the Coalition, with the exception of one absent member, voiced the endorsement of their organization or business. … We look forward to the next phases of creating the conditions for a thriving business district and neighborhood hub.
This is an excerpt from the Westwood Coalition’s transmittal of community endorsements to Cincinnati City Council and the Planning Department yesterday. Keep in mind that all of the Westwood Coalition’s recommendations called for continued deliberation and dialogue about the means by which we’ll revitalize this historic business district in which so many Westwood residents, and others in greater Cincinnati, see great potential.
Tonight’s meeting at 7:00 pm at Westwood Town Hall in the parlor is what organizations typically call a steering or organizing meeting. You are welcome to attend but please be aware that there will be limited time for public comments following the business of the meeting. However we will be announcing more community forums shortly.
Westwood Historical Society has notified the Westwood Coalition of its endorsement of the recommendations of the Coalition. This support means that all four organizations represented by the Coalition have given the nod to the recommendation to apply the form-based code to the historic business district and to continue to develop plans for the revitalization of the same area. The Coalition meets this week and will notify city officials and Westwood residents of its next steps and community meetings. Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
To date, the Westwood Coalition has received notice of endorsement of its recommendations regarding the historic business district from Westwood Works, Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and Westwood Civic Association. Comments received from individuals via the website and email have been overwhelmingly positive. The Coalition awaits word of one more organization’s response and then it will report its next steps and plans for more community engagement. We hope you’ve had a chance to read the report and recommendations posted three weeks ago. See the previous post. Also, there is a lot of background reading on the form-based code under Further Reading. We welcome your comments.