November 16, 2011
We will have a new flyer for you to email or copy and distribute to neighbors tomorrow. Watch your email.
We all need to make an extra effort to get the word out about the rezoning and why it's bad for all of Beachwood. The City still believes we are just the small group of residents that live by the development. This isn't just about the Hotel; it's about appropriate use of that land and what is in the best interest of all residents in the City. A hotel may be a fine project - in an area zoned for it - it's not a good project for the prime corner in Beachwood. The City needs to hear from people all across Beachwood so please ask your friends to email our call Council. Here are a few talking points you can share as to why the hotel is a bad idea:
At the last Council meeting a new ordinance was introduced to rezone only
the corner of
limiting it to U7A uses other than a hotel and restaurants. This gives
council an alternative to changing the zoning on all of Chagrin which I
think we all know how bad that would be! and Chagrin to a U9 district with deed restrictions
Want to get involved and help? Here's how!
1.Important upcoming meetings include the Planning and Zoning meeting and the two Council Meetings, and tentatively where they likely will vote on the zoning change.
2. Here are the Council members phone numbers - We suggest calling and having
lots of others call too!
Mark Mint:z 360-0330 Justin Berns: 291-0700 Mel Jacobs: 464-1541
Brian Linick: 494-0202 Mark Wachter: 765-1921 Saul Eisen: 464-4070
3. If you see or talk to Council members who are campaigning share your thoughts with them - let them know your vote may hinge on their position on this.
4. Write to the Sun Press, Jewish News or post on Beachwood Patch or
Cleveland.com. There are a number of stories regarding this subject and the
Sun Press and Cleveland.com have run a story on us twice!
Beachwood City Council is currently considering what are called ‘text changes’ to the zoning code and permitted property uses for the entire U7A district within the City. While marketed by the developer, the City Planner, and the Mayor as small and subtle changes and clean-up, we believe the proposed text changes have a far more significant and detrimental impact on our City.
These zoning changes are driven by the desire of a developer to utilize a single property for an unintended and presently non-permitted purpose. Rather than submit a comprehensive plan and go through the variance process, our City is considering changes to the permitted uses within the entire U7A zoning district to facilitate this one single development. These changes include ‘conditions’ that we believe deteriorate the City’s negotiating position and control with regards to the development.
These changes, if approved, would cover virtually the entire section of Chagrin Blvd, from Richmond to Green. The U7A zoning district was designed specifically for commercial development areas that abut residential neighborhoods. The intent of the current zoning is to specifically prohibit these types of businesses next to residential neighborhoods, the only area where this zoning classification occurs. From the Beachwood Zoning Code:
1127.01 INTENT. It is the intent of this chapter (Class U-7A Districts) to provide for buildings in areas near residential neighborhoods of such types as do not create large volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, nor excessive noise, to provide employment opportunities, to provided medical services for nearby residential neighborhoods and to permit limited commercial development on parcels not considered appropriate for more intensive commercial uses. (Ord. 1966-96. Passed 9-19-66.)