Video below: April 14, 2011 - Planning Commission members vote 5-0 in favor of clearing the way for big box retail development at the former site of Oakwood Country Club.
Planning commission member Tracie Zamiska makes a few elaborate statements justifying her decision on the Oakwood property. She quoted Ordinance 763.01 as being, “…what we use as our basis and guideline…” referring to the planning commission recommendation to approve the rezoning from R75-residential to C2-commercial. In part, Ordinance 763.01 states any zoning amendment, “…will not be detrimental to the adjacent property owners…”
Oakwood is partially located in an area of South Euclid which results in more abutting properties in Cleveland Heights. It appears any concerns of detriment from those adjacent property owners were not part of the decision making process.
Ms. Zamiska said,” When we were looking at opposition, it primarily did not come from people in our community.” Commission member Jennifer West echoed the same sentiment as part of her evaluation. “I know there’s been quite a bit of opposition, and I’ve also noticed that in that opposition in my estimate, probably 98% of it was from outside our city.”
This could be considered contrary to the objectives of 763.01. Despite claims of similar maneuvers being upheld in court, it could be construed as improper. It doesn’t seem to be in accordance with
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