Records delivered in connection with a Public Records Act request reflect the following: 1 - The developer of the Deyo-Davis site on First Avenue asked for the City to commit to $200,000 to $250,000 in public funds to make improvements in connection with the project; and 2 - When the City agreed it would support... Continue Reading →
Listen to Mayoral Candidate Reynolds As He Explains His Vision for Grandview Height’s Future
On October 4, 2019, Mayoral Candidate Steve Reynolds sat down for a one-on-one interview. We covered a range of topics including the top issues facing the next Mayor and how will he address those if elected, how he would address future commercial development and applications for tax incentives and abatements by businesses and commercial developers,... Continue Reading →
GET INVOLVED IN THE 2019 MAYORAL CAMPAIGN!
I invited Greta Kearns and Steve Reynolds to informal 1:1 interviews, to find out more about their candidacies. What challenges do they see in the City's future? What are the top issues? How do they plan to address those, if elected? What does each consider to be their achievements while on Council? How will they... Continue Reading →
Lack of Proper Notice of April 2017 Lot Split Application Deprived Residents of Due Process
Below are the certified mail receipts delivered to the City's Planning Commission just before the April 19, 2017 Hearing on a third lot split application filed by the property owners at 1000 Elmwood. These were obtained from the City through a public records request. According to the receipts, certified mail was sent to each property... Continue Reading →
The Map above shows the Issue 31 "No Build Zone" and the 1989 Ordinance's "No Build Zone." Is there a material difference in the amount of area covered? The Map identifies property included in the 1989 Ordinance that is already developed within the 100 foot No Build Zone. Issue 31 cleans up this error. Why... Continue Reading →
Issue 31 Protects and Preserves the Green Space In the Face of the City’s Failure to Follow It’s Own Code and Guidelines
Issue 31 is a direct response to the City's failures to follow its own codified ordinances, rules, and policies. One such example is the City's April 2017 approval of the third application for a lot split at 1000 Elmwood Avenue after 2 prior unsuccessful attempts (in 2011 and 2016) and after the applicants increased their threats... Continue Reading →
The City’s 2011 and 2016 Staff Report Which Outlined Its Opposition Was Disregarded When the City Approved the 1000 Elmwood Lot Split On the Third Try
VOTE “YES” ON ISSUE 31 ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018
Issue 31 is a resident-led initiative to strengthen zoning requirements for the "Green Space" along Goodale Boulevard. This area was first labeled the "Green Space" by the City in 1989 with zoning protections and setbacks for privately owned, residential property due to the area's uniqueness and in recognition of its significance and importance to our... Continue Reading →
What Will The Proposed Ordinance Do?
The Proposed Ordinance does the following things: Redraws The Boundaries To Protect More Green From Overdevelopment Redraws the boundaries of the Green Space by increasing the existing 100 foot no build zone on private property so no new homes or garages can be built any closer to Goodale Boulevard than the homes that currently exist. This... Continue Reading →
An Open Letter to Mayor DeGraw and Council Members Kearns, Smith, and Panzera About Issue 31
Another resident, Bob Claussen, carefully laid out the wealth of misinformation being circulated by the City Attorney in her "FAQ" sheet that appears on the opposition's web site and was also circulated to residents through various channels. I am disappointed your public statements about Issue 31 incorporate much of the same misleading information and misstatements... Continue Reading →
Claussen Response to FAQ
BELOW IS THE COMPLETE TEXT OF MR. ROBERT CLAUSSEN'S RESPONSE TO THE CITY ATTORNEY'S "FAQ" SHEET THAT HAS BEEN CIRCULATED TO RESIDENTS VIA EMAIL AND ALSO PLACED IN RESIDENTS' MAILBOXES. ************ Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Subject: Response to Attachment “Greenspace overlay FAQs without map” Civic Friends, The Attachment [“Greenspace overlay FAQs without map” –... Continue Reading →
Did You Know The City of Grandview Heights Cannot Issue A Valid Building Permit for 980 Elmwood?
City Code § 1153.02(e) requires garages to be located in the rear yard, not in front or in side yards. During the August 8, 2018 BZA hearing, the owners of 980 Elmwood insisted that the "front" of the property faces Elmwood Avenue. See Minutes (p. 6, rewritten by the City Attorney). The "front" is the West... Continue Reading →
Grandview Heights’ City Attorney Spreads Misinformation About Issue 31 Via Emails To Residents
On October 15, 2018, a "FAQ" sheet prepared by the City Attorney was circulated via email to residents. The City Attorney claimed the "FAQ" sheet was her effort to correct misinformation being circulated about Issue 31. The City Attorney's "FAQ" sheet was also emailed to members of the Civic Association, without the consent or permission... Continue Reading →
The Rewritten Minutes from the August 8, 2018 BZA Meeting – 980/1000 Elmwood
Take a look at the Rewritten Minutes from the August 8, 2018 BZA Meeting. Compare them to the Original Minutes that the City initially posted and then took down from its web site (that weren't written by an attorney). Note that the rewritten minutes has documents attached provided by the property owners and their attorneys to the... Continue Reading →
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