CTM Forms 2015 Committees

During the January CTM meeting, Trustees agreed to form the following Committees lead by the noted Chairpersons:

Committee Chairperson
Beautification Adam Balz
Business Morgan Rich
Chronicle Ashley Fritz
Websites Eric Urbas
Membership Kevin Marsh
Events Nicholas Hollan
Housing and Zoning Adam Hyland
Nominating Ben Pantoja
Public Safety Kevin Marsh
Clifton Plaza LLC Tony Sizemore & Michael Moran
Transportation Mike Schur
Volunteer Shaun McCance
Parks Adam Hyland
Fundraising Joyce Rich

In addition, two “Ad Hoc” Committees were formed:

Ad Hoc Committees  Chairperson
Evaluation of trash cans on Ludlow Rama Kasturi
Deer Management Adam Hyland

Some of the Committee are new for 2015 as Clifton Town Meeting seeks to focus more on specific areas in the Community. All Committees can include participation by residents. If you want to join in, please send an email to Clifton Town Meeting expressing your interests. We will get you connected.

Zoning Code Changing in Clifton – How It Will Affect You…

Zoning Code Changing in Clifton – How It Will Affect You – and What You Can Still Do About It

10 Second Summary
The City is rewriting the zoning code which will have a major effect on everyone who lives, works, or owns property in Cincinnati.  You can learn how the proposed rules will affect Clifton and specifically your own property or residence.  You can read the draft version and suggest changes before it becomes law.  Clifton Town Meeting (CTM), your neighborhood community council, is conducting its own review, but also relies on all residents to educate themselves and provide thoughtful comments both to its Housing and Zoning Committee and to the City Planning Department.

What does the code do and why should I care?

The City is in the middle of rewriting the zoning code, which governs most of what shapes the look and feel of a community.  The “code” protects residents from incompatible uses of property, as, for example, preventing your next door neighbor from opening a bar with outdoor seating under your bedroom window.  It also tells your neighbor where in the city she may expect to set up her new business without hindrance from nearby property owners (typically permissible in an established business district).  

In addition to controlling usage, the code influences the look and feel of a community by establishing parameters for the architectural elements of a structure and where it is located vis-a-vis the boundaries of the lot where it is located and the characteristics of other structures nearby.  For example, you can build a large apartment building in a zone which is designated for high-density residential use, but not among people’s homes in a single-family housing zone.  Even though both kinds of buildings have the same use, i.e., residential housing, the scale and weight of each type is quite different.  

You can thank the code’s regulatory structure for balancing the various needs a community has for the land within its borders.  The zoning code provides, perhaps more than any other factor, the control over the look and feel of the environment that makes Clifton the delightful neighborhood we share and love. If you own real estate, the code has a major role in determining its desirability and thus protecting its value as an investment.

How can I learn what the new code says?
The City has posted the current draft, called Revision Two of the Land Development Code.  You will also find links to maps and charts summarizing the changes and even a search box that will guide you to the details affecting any street address. Here is the current Zoning Code so that you may read what’s there before any proposed changes are included.



How can I influence the final version?

The site includes a form for comments and a number to call for help finding the information you are seeking.  CTM would like to know if you plan to submit a suggested change and will consider incorporating it its review for submission to the City.   Please email your suggested changes to the Housing and Zoning Committee.

What’s the timeline?
January 30 is the date by which the City has asked for all comments to be submitted for consideration in the next revision. The City will publish the next revision (3rd Draft) will later this year for public comments.

Holidays on Ludlow / Popup fairytale Parade 2014

Holidays on Ludlow was the evening of Dec 5th. During this year’s annual event in the Clifton Business District, a Pop-Up event was held. Several window vignettes were revealed around the event theme – fairytale.   Clifton is grateful that Pop-Up held their holidays related event in our business district.  Please enjoy this linked video on Facebook care of Alissa Stachowski who participated in the unveiling parade on Dec 5th.  You don’t have to be on “Facebook” to see the video.   Just click the word “Post” below, and then click the triangle shape inside the circle on the that appears in the middle of the image.  The video will take a couple of minutes to load — please blame Facebook, not us!

CTM Trustee Election Results

CTM Trustee elections were held on Dec. 1, 2014. Michael Moran, Rama Kasturi, Shaun McCance, and Nicholas Hollan were elected to 3-year Trustee positions beginning Jan 1, 2015. As there were 5 Trustee positions coming available in 2015, the Board voted to approve Mike Schur filling the vacancy for one year as per the By-laws. The CTM Board thanks all candidates who ran in this election and all members who voted.

Results from Second Public Forum on Ludlow 21 Report

On November 10, 2014, various people from Clifton got together to have a second round of discussions on the Ludlow 21 report. The discussion resulted in several initiatives coming to the forefront for further detailed discussion. Some attendees agreed to join into those detailed discussions.

The notes from the meeting can be found at this Link to Notes from Wall Ludlow 21.

The Ludlow 21 Working Group is made up of members of the community including CPBA, CTM Trustees, and Uptown Consortium. You can click on Ludlow 21 Report to read the report. Community feedback is welcomed. Please send it to CTM and put Ludlow 21 Feedback in the subject line.

The next public discussion on the efforts coming from the Ludlow 21 report will be on Monday, January 19, 2015, 6‐8pm at Public Services Dept. Second Floor Conference Room, 1115 Bates Avenue off Central Parkway, just north of the new MLK overpass.

2014 CTM Trustee Elections

CTM Trustee elections will be held on Dec 1, 2014 from 6-7pm prior to the monthly CTM meeting in the same day.  Elections will be held at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) on the 2nd floor.  Current membership is required to vote, and memberships can be paid current on election day prior to voting.  There are five 3-year Trustee positions open for election for terms beginning in 2014.  There are five candidates vying for these positions.  Candidate bios are noted below.  Election results will be announced at the CTM meeting on Dec 1.

Clifton Town Meeting Trustee Candidates for 2014 Election

Nicholas Hollan
Community service has always been a priority for Nicholas Hollan. It was here in Clifton where Nicholas lived when he graduated from UC, volunteered with the American Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina and accepted a position as the Disaster Response Supervisor for our local Red Cross.

Nicholas is a graduate of the United Way’s Board Orientation & Leadership Development program and used that training to serve on the boards of United Cerebral Palsy, The Westwood Civic Association and Invest in Neighborhoods.

Nicholas was a candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2009 and 2011 where he was endorsed by many organizations including the Cincinnati Enquirer and City Beat. In 2010 Nicholas was recognized in the annual “Best of” edition by City Beat as “The Best sign of intelligent life on the West Side”.

In 2010, Nicholas took out an SBA Loan and opened his own business in Roselawn. The Valley Dental Management Service employs 13 healthcare professionals and works closely with local Doctors and Surgeons to provide quality dental care to low income patients.

After the premature birth of his son in 2011, Nicholas chaired the Family Team committee for the March of Dimes in 2013 and 2014.  Nicholas, Meghan and Preston were delighted to have purchased the Charles B. Russell House in 2012 and look forward to calling the Gaslight home for many more years.

John Juech
John Juech is a Clifton resident and home owner, raising his family in the neighborhood, who hopes to live in Clifton and help the community prosper for many years to come. Professionally, John currently serves as Chief of Staff to the Vice Mayor of Cincinnati, David Mann, also a Clifton resident for many decades. John has extensive experience in local, national and international politics, from advising Members of Congress and large corporations to running campaigns – such as the David Mann for Council campaign – to helping to set up democratic elections for the UN in in 2005 in Liberia, West Africa after a protracted Civil War. He has worked for the United Nations, the US Congress (don’t hold that against him), and in the private and non-profit sectors as well. Immediately prior to his current job, John was Vice President at Garten Rothkopf, an international consulting advisory firm based in Washington DC for four years. Prior to that, he served as a senior legislative assistant to US Congressman Bill Delahunt, a senior member of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee. He holds a masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

He will bring to Clifton Town Meeting a wealth of ideas married to practical experience with campaigns, public communication, fundraising, social media, and community development that can benefit the Clifton community. He also brings to CTM an understanding and relationships with key city of Cincinnati leaders at City Hall, in the City Administration, and throughout Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods from his work running the Vice Mayor’s office. Among his prior involvement with CTM and the Clifton Community is helping to organize the 2014 CTM golf outing, which raised a significant amount of money for the CCAC and working on a number of issues at City Hall of interest to CTM, such as the Woolper bike lane project, the Probasco Fountain, and the work on the future of Ludlow.

John has had the great privilege to travel to more than 60 countries and 46 US states. He lives on Belsaw Place with his wife Kate, a senior executive with the Clinton Foundation, and his daughter Josephine.  Their family is expanding in early 2015 and plan to put down roots in the neighborhood, raise their kids, and be there for years to come.

Rama Kasturi
Dear CTM Members,

My name is Rama Kasturi and I am seeking your support in my bid to serve as a Trustee of the Clifton Town Meeting. Many of you know me from walking in and around Clifton and Burnet Woods with my dogs for the last eighteen years, being a parent at Fairview-Clifton German Language School, or working at the University of Cincinnati.

My husband, Erik Nelson, and I have lived in Clifton with our twin children for the past 15 years when we moved from our condo on Jefferson Avenue just on the other side of Clifton! We love the historic gaslight district and its astounding diversity and neighborly atmosphere. The proximity to several beautiful urban parks, a charming movie theatre, ethnic restaurants, diverse  businesses, and a walkable grocery store all made Clifton the hands-down choice for my own home away from home.

A Biophysical Chemist by training, I have worked at P&G and at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, where I taught Medical Pharmacology until last August. I am currently retired from professional life and I am actively engaged in doing as much good as I can.

With this in mind, I have decided to follow through on my desire to give back in some way to the community that my family and I so enjoy by seeking election as a Trustee of CTM.

I am specifically interested in the following:

1. Helping make the Clifton Cooperative Market a reality-every neighborhood needs a grocery store! I am an advisor to the board of the Clifton Market and serve on the Capital Campaign Committee.

2. Helping to making our business district and neighborhood more “green”: I have already been designated “Recycler-In-Chief” for CliftonFest 2015 (!). I will work to ensure that our businesses  are greener and have volunteered to create community recycling opportunities at the Clifton Cooperative Market.

3. Ensure that the diversity of Clifton is showcased and celebrated: e.g., I would like to see flags on Ludlow representing the numerous countries whose citizens now call Clifton home! Where else in Cincinnati can you live and experience the diversity of Clifton?

If elected, I will do my best to do as much good as possible for Clifton over the next three years.

Shaun McCance
I moved to Clifton because I wanted to live in a friendly, walkable neighborhood with a vibrant business district. I continue to be impressed at how the people of Clifton come together to shape their neighborhood, and I’m proud to be able to play a small part in that.

I work as a programmer, technical writer, and community liaison for a major open source software company. I served two terms on the board of directors for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to open source and digital freedoms. I spend my days working with volunteer communities to foster open source, promote open data, and protect people’s freedoms and privacy online.

For the last year, I’ve been involved with Clifton Market, the community-owned effort to bring a grocery store back to our neighborhood. I serve as the treasurer and general records keeper, and I handle much of the technology and design work. It’s been a rewarding experience that has given me the opportunity to get to know a lot of my neighbors.

I’m a firm believer in the power of open communities. I’ve seen time and time again what people can accomplish when they’re informed and engaged. As a CTM trustee, I’d like to explore ways to continue to increase community engagement, encourage open discussion among neighbors, and better promote Clifton online.

Michael Moran
Michael Moran is a native Cincinnatian who lived in Western Hills, Mount Adams and Oakley before moving to Oxford Terrace in Clifton almost nine years ago. He studied finance and accounting at the University of Kentucky and works as a commercial real estate broker for CBRE. He’s married to Abby Moran, and they have two children, Will (8) and Maisie (6). Mike has served one term as a Trustee on Clifton Town Meeting and currently holds the Treasurer’s position. Mike also sits on the Board of Tender Mercies, Inc, an organization that provides permanent and supportive housing to the homeless and mentally ill. Mike loves living in Clifton is currently involved in rehabbing a new home in the area for his family.

Seeking Community Feedback on Ludlow 21 Report

Uptown Consortium, the Clifton Business & Professional Association, Clifton 20/20, and Clifton Town Meeting held a Community Form on October 16 evening to allow Kathleen Norris of Urban Fast Forward (UFF), present her year-long study of the Ludlow Avenue Business District.  Ludlow 21: Maintaining Business Vitality In A Changing Urban Environment brings UFF’s analysis, observations, and focus studies into a concise report.  The audience and Ms. Norris discussed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to our business district. To read or download Ludlow 21 please click Ludlow 21 report.

We are now seeking feedback from the community on this report as we continue to move forward with working out how to implement some of the recommendation.  Send your thoughts, comments, suggestions, meanderings, noodles, questions, etc. by email to CTM. Please put “Ludlow 21 Feedback” in your email subject line so that we can more easily process the email.

There will be more opportunities in the future for additional discussions in the community.

CliftonFest 2014 Chalk Art

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CliftonFest was the weekend of Sept 26-28, 2014. Many people came to enjoy the festivities, artists, and musicians. With this posting are some of the wonderful chart art works that were created during the weekend. . We do not have pictures of all the works. If you have one, please email it to contactctm@cliftoncommunity.org and […]

Thanks for the Flowers!

The twenty-four large flower pots on Ludlow have been an amazing success. If you are enjoying all of the life and color that they bring to the business district, please take the time to thank the organizations, businesses, families, and individuals who made them possible. They were sponsored by the following: Evanswood Place, Nanda, THE LUDLOW WINE AND SUPPER CLUB, Live at Ludlow Garage (two pots), The Rich Family, The Hammons Family, The Garden Club of Clifton (two pots), Jan and Gerald Checco, Buddy Goose and Mary Rita Dominic, Gaslight Property, Gaslight Bed & Breakfast, Dennis Turner of DT Properties, Larry Johnson, Tom Ridgeway and Donald Imwalle, Skyline Chili (three pots), Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) (three pots), and Clifton Business and Professionals Association (CBPA) (three pots).

This financial support made it so CTM and CBPA could save some of their beautification budgets for other projects. The flower pot project was planned by CBPA’s Scott Crawford and the pots were installed by he and CTM Beautification Committee members. The pots are a partnership with Cincinnati Parks. For the low cost of $200 a piece, the parks plant them for three seasons, water them twice weekly, and replace dead plants. This solves the most difficult problem with plantings on Ludlow—how to water them. CTM is hopeful that this program will continue to have city support and keep our neighborhood business district looking beautiful into the future.

—Adam Balz, CTM Beautification Committee Chair

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CTM Resolution Supporting Bicycling Infrastructure

The following resolution was sent by email on August 11, 2014:

Mayor Cranley, Interim City Manager Scott Stiles, and members of Cincinnati City Council;

In recent months, there has been increased interest and debate regarding bicycling infrastructure in Cincinnati, including the Central Parkway Bike Lanes, the Bikeshare program, and the expansion of dedicated bike trails. Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) believes it is important for the City of Cincinnati to understand our position regarding bicycling infrastructure. At our July 14th meeting, the Board of CTM unanimously passed the following resolution:

Clifton Town Meeting desires to make Clifton into a premiere bicycling community within greater Cincinnati in order to improve the vibrancy, safety and overall health of visitors and residents. To do so requires continued investment in on-street infrastructure such as as the Central Parkway protected bikeway, bike lanes, sharrows, and bicycle related signage. These features add tremendous value for local businesses and help make our communities more livable and attractive to active individuals and families. Our neighborhood supports the initiative to promote more on-street bicycle infrastructure that connects Clifton to other neighborhoods in Cincinnati. Residents of Clifton use bicycles on established roadways in order to commute to work, school, and shop. We need and endorse the full usage of roads for cyclists for a full and productive lifestyle, not just recreational riding on off-road trails.

– Ben Pantoja, President, Clifton Town Meeting

City Zoning Revision Process

The City of Cincinnati is in the process of revising the Land Development Code for the entire City. This process will allow for several rounds of public comment and revisions before completion. CTM’s Housing & Zoning Committee will be reviewing the changes and making comments. Please email Committee chair, Adam Hyland, if you would like to be part of the review process. (Hylandae@gmail.com)

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