Proposed Zoning Change & Revitalization District

A change to the City zoning code is proposed to create a Mixed-use Traditional Neighborhood District (MUTND - commercial and residential development) along Brookside Drive. Eight properties are proposed for rezoning from Professional/Medical and Industrial Manufacturing to MUTND. Residents and business owners within 500 feet of the proposed area for zoning changes received the notice of the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing, but the larger public is also invited to attend the July 18 hearing at 7:30 p.m. as well. The changes are proposed to mitigate the industrial "feel" of the area by promoting a more walkable and accessible downtown with a greater sense of neighborhood and connectedness to the historic downtown.

Also, Olmsted Falls City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Revitalization District at the July 24 special Council meeting at 7 p.m. A 70-acre area in and around the historic district is being considered. A Revitalization District is an economic development tool that many historic downtowns have used to strengthen their communities while being respectful of the neighborhood's historic nature. Heritage Ohio, the managing organization for Ohio Main Street and part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was instrumental in developing the legislation for the first district in the City of Wooster's historic downtown that helped to revitalize their community and many others. It will make 14, D5 licenses available for restaurants at a much lower cost. Owners must prove 75-percent of revenues will come from food sales in order to obtain a license.

Both meetings will be informative and will include presentations of need and benefit as the City moves forward to relieve the tax burden from residents and help Olmsted Falls realize its potential as a destination while maintaining the valued traditions of our neighborhoods and history.