Is Cleveland Ready for a New Zoning Code?

The city of Cleveland has begun to build a political consensus around the need to update its 1929 zoning code.
March 10, 2016, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Steven Litt reports: "Creating a new zoning code for the city will require a 'culture shift' among developers and departments at City Hall after decades of suburban-style development within city limits, planners say."

Litt's coverage of the zoning code followed a recent meeting at Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs, "attended by about 75 community development experts, academics and officials from nonprofit organizations." The fact that City Council President Kevin Kelley convened the meeting, according to Litt, "[signals] a desire on the part of council and the administration of Mayor Frank Jackson to move ahead on zoning."

The article includes more detail about potential first and next steps toward adopting a new zoning code, including the possibility of adopting a form-based code for "at least a couple" sections of the city. Also included is a recounting of the ideas shared in the meeting about how to improve on the current code.

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Published on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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