Walnut Hills Gains City Council Approval of Form-Based Code for Neighborhood

At this week’s Neighborhoods Committee meeting and then the City Council meeting, the ordinance was passed regarding Walnut Hills’ application of the Cincinnati Form-Based Code to its business district.  This council action amends the official zoning map of the City of Cincinnati to reflect the rezoning of approximately 187 acres of Walnut Hills’ business district to transect zones laid out in the Form-Based Code.  Like Westwood, Walnut Hills has enjoyed significant community engagement and a commitment to bringing about positive development in line with community values and desires.


Westwood Ordinance Assigned to City’s Neighborhoods Committee

At its meeting on January 15, 2013, Cincinnati City Council assigned the ordinance submitted by Charles C. Graves, III, Director, City Planning and Buildings, to the Neighborhoods Committee and as recommends by the Westwood Coalition following months of community input. It reads as follows:

23-201400041 ORDINANCE, amending the official zoning map of the City of Cincinnati to reflect the rezoning of that portion of the Westwood neighborhood of Cincinnati generally within the compact walkable area surrounding the Neighborhood Business District, as identified in Plan Cincinnati, from various conventional zoning districts in Title XIV of the Cincinnati Municipal Code, “Zoning Code of the City of Cincinnati,” to various transect zones set forth in Cincinnati Municipal Code Chapter 1703, “Form-Based Code.”

A public hearing will be held before the Neighborhoods Committee on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Council chambers.

Planning Commission Approves Form-Based Code Zone for Westwood

At its December 13, 2013 meeting, the Cincinnati Planning Commission approved unanimously a recommendation on amending the official zone map to adopt the Cincinnati Form-Based Code transect zones in a portion of the Westwood neighborhood (see our previous post for the map).

Numerous Westwood residents submitted comments and spoke at the meeting, mostly in favor of this recommendation, made earlier by the Westwood Coalition, and recommended to the Planning Commission by the Planning Department.

Next steps:  The law department will draft an ordinance which will go to City Council.  It will be assigned to the Neighborhoods Committee and then it will go back to City Council with the committee’s recommendation.

Thank you to the Westwood residents who made the effort to make informed comments at today’s meeting.