City planners eliminate residential uses in zone
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Aug 20, 2014 | 944 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Residential structures were removed as allowed uses from the proposed “Inman Street-East Zoning District” during a Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission meeting Tuesday.

The change passed 8-1 in favor of making the change. Board member Larry Presswood was the lone dissenting vote.

“I think we are limiting potential development,” Presswood said. “If someone wants to have a little business downstairs and apartments upstairs, to me that would be an asset, not a liability.”

This type of mixed use is already permitted in the downtown area.

Local business owner Alma Dotson attended the meeting representing the community. She said area residents she was representing had met and decided they did not want more apartments on Inman Street.

“We really want to develop a calmer area right there going into the city. There are avenues and opportunity (for residential), over on the other sides of Inman Street and not Inman Street,” Dotson said. “We just have a vision for it to be a beautiful flow into the city.”

Presswood said other cities are embracing more of a mixed-use plan, which allows for residential and small businesses.

The zoning district will go to the Cleveland City Council at a later date. Creating the zoning district does not automatically apply it to the east area of Inman Street. This would be done as a separate process for rezoning, which would start with the planning commission. Specific boundaries for the zone would be established at that time.

Any existing residential or mixed-use structures would be grandfathered in to the new zoning.

City planner Corey Divel said if the City Council approves the rezoning, then it would also need to make changes to its comprehensive plan for development.

“If you look at our comp plan, it calls this area under the future uses ‘medium density community, mixed use.’ When it talks about what that would look like, it lists residential,” Divel said.

He said updating the plan would be important to remain consistent.

The planning commission also approved an annexation and service plan of 10 acres at Industrial Way and Holloway Road.

Divel said the annexation was essentially an extension of a previous annexation, thus decreasing the cost to bring city services to the area.

During the meeting, Presswood expressed concern over PUD (planned urban development) amendments approved at the last meeting. He said in the future he would like to have a more detailed site plan before PUD amendments were considered. Chairman Dee Burris agreed.

Also during the meeting, the planning commission approved:

- rezoning about an acre from Light Industrial (IL) to Heavy Industrial (IH) for an Industrial Way property.

- abandonment of an alleyway off of 14th St SE. The request was made by Henry Baxter, who owns the property on both sides of the alleyway.

- “application of infill setbacks for property at Church Street S.E. and 11th St. S.E.” Approving the application will allow a structure to be built on the site and is in keeping with some existing setbacks in the area.