Cuyahoga County Planning Commission will update Broadview Heights master plan

November 27, 2018

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission will update Broadview Heights master plan

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission will help Broadview Heights update its master plan, which will show how the city may look in future years.

However, the master-plan agreement with the county doesn’t say how much the plan will cost, or if the city will contribute financially. The agreement also doesn’t state whether the planning process will include a survey of Broadview Heights residents by mail or phone.

James Sonnhalter, the county planning commission’s manager of planning services, referred all questions about the master plan to Broadview Heights officials.

Mayor Sam Alai and City Council President Robert Boldt didn’t return emails Monday and Tuesday.

The commission works on master plans every year with various communities throughout the county. In the past, the planning process has cost $60,000, with the county picking up all or some of the expenses

The commission is now working on master plans in Strongsville, which is contributing $30,000 toward the process, and Brecksville, which is paying nothing.

North Royalton completed a master plan with the commission in 2014. Broadview Heights last updated its master plan in 2001.

Master plans typically examine existing conditions, create a community vision, develop policy and schedule plan implementation. 

The target completion date for the Broadview Heights master plan is Dec. 31, 2019.

According to the agreement between Broadview Heights and the county planning commission, the master-planning process will consist of five phases:

Plan initiation and study of current conditions. This phase involves assembling a “project team” that will include city officials and county planning commission representatives. The city will also designate a Steering Committee to provide feedback and advance the master plan. Tasks in this phase, scheduled to start in December and end in February, will include examining existing city planning studies and using existing data to paint a community profile. Community vision. City and county officials will present the current-conditions report to the public. Then the team and committee will create documents outlining the cities’ broad visions for the future. Tasks in this phase, scheduled to start in February and end in April, will include brainstorming by the project team and steering committee and soliciting public input.Policy development (recommended goals and actions). The project team and steering committee will draft policies and identify actions the cities can take to achieve their goals, and how various community organizations can help. The teams will present their ideas to the public and create a “policy document.” Tasks in this phase, scheduled to start in April and end in July, include determining land use and zoning.Implementation plan. The project team and steering committee will outline ways to implement desired policies and action steps. The “implementation plan” will show timelines, estimate costs, establish priorities and identify those responsible for achieving various goals. Tasks in this phase, scheduled to start in July and end in September, will include calculating costs.Draft master plan and final master plan. The draft will include recommendations on land use and zoning, economic development, transportation and environmental policy. The draft will be presented to the public. The project team and steering committee will adjust the draft master plan based on public input and present the final document to the Broadview Heights Planning Commission and city council for approval. This phase is scheduled to start in September and end in December 2019.

The master-plan agreement between the city and county planning commission includes a funding clause but is vague regarding sources of funding. It reads, “Broadview Heights acknowledges that the professional services for the completion of the master plan . . . were awarded through a competitive application process conducted by county planning.

“Further, Broadview Heights acknowledges that . . . the professional services provided by county planning are limited by the scope of work and the extent of grant funding.”

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