During the January CTM meeting, Trustees agreed to form the following Committees lead by the noted Chairpersons:
|Housing and Zoning
|Clifton Plaza LLC
||Tony Sizemore & Michael Moran
In addition, two “Ad Hoc” Committees were formed:
|Ad Hoc Committees
|Evaluation of trash cans on Ludlow
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 – and What You Can Still Do About It
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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 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!
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.
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On the morning of Sat, Nov 22, it looked a little bleary and rainy. It was cold as well. This did not appear to be a great morning for getting outside for a few hours to work. Thankfully, several gracious volunteers in the neighborhood showed up at 9am at the Clifton Plaza with ladders, gloves, […]
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and […]
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
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
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The 2nd Annual Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) Golf Outing held on Saturday, August 16th was a huge success! 73 golfers participated in the event that raised over $7,000 for the benefit of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC). The golf outing also honored David Mann as the 2014 Friend of Clifton. CTM thanks the following […]
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We will be putting various photos of the progress of the Probasco Fountain Restoration & Relocation project into this news posting. They will also appear on our Facebook page. Update on construction from early October: The granite has been cleaned. The bronze has been cleaned and is ready for patination during October. The bell jet […]
This past July 3rd, the Cincinnati Parks Department organized an American Salute event at our very own Burnet Woods. The event consisted of an evening of music presented by the CCM Preparatory Department, the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and finally, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra brass quintet. Following the wonderful music, there was a fireworks show over the lake. Based on our limited research in speaking with a long time resident of Clifton, this was the first fireworks display at Burnet Woods. We’ve included some pictures in case you missed this event.
This photo only captures a portion of the crowd listening to the music
Our collage of fireworks from Burnet Woods
Our collage of fireworks from Burnet Woods
Lots of people attended, some with picnic dinners while others enjoyed offerings from food trucks at the event.
Clifton Town Meeting is your local community council. CTM sponsors many activities and festivals throughout the year for our community including: Memorial Day Parade & Cookout, Lantern Walk, CliftonFest, the House Tour, Holidays on Ludlow and more. We provide funding for beautification projects such as the new flower pots on Ludlow Avenue. We provide communications including the community email listserv, website and the Clifton Chronicle. We partner with the Clifton Business and Professional Association (CBPA) to keep the Clifton Plaza operating.
In addition to these great things, we also advocate on behalf of the Clifton community. Issues we have promoted in the past year include the return of a local grocery store, renovation of the Probasco Fountain, redesign of Woolper Avenue, an improvement study for the Ludlow Avenue Business District, Central Parkway bike path, and launch of a revamped version of the CTM website and a Facebook page.
To support this important community work, we need your generous support. Membership dues are tax deductible and make up the second largest source of income for CTM. The house tour is our major fundraiser. Starting or renewing your membership will help us keep Clifton a vibrant, desirable, and fun place to live, work, and play. You can process memberships online at our website.
If you wish, you can also use this Membership Form to do a mail in membership renewal.
Thank you for your support.
CTM Membership Committee