Next Community Meeting: Tues, November 4th
Our next community meeting will take place at the Rec Center at 7pm on Tuesday, November 4th. Please join us!
Best of Pleasant Ridge Awards
Mark your calendar! Please plan to attend “The Ridgees” reception where we’ll recognize these individuals and organizations and their contributions to our community. The reception will be on Thursday, October 23, 7 to 9 p.m. in the 6099 Building and an “after party” at the Coffee Exchange, 9 to 11 p.m. A list of the honorees can be found on the Ridgees event page.
New IDC for Pleasant Ridge
Most of us will recall the flurry of activity in 2012 where we learnt of an imminent threat to our Business District. This led to the creation of the ‘IDC overlay’ that was placed over our business district to allow us time (without the threat of ‘surprise development’) during which we could define and create an appropriate Long Term response.
Under the previous City Council Leadership, the drive was to have communities adopt ‘Form Based Code’. In the past 12 months we had moved close to the final steps in adopting Form Based Code in the Pleasant Ridge Business District. However, the IDC was due to expire at the end of June 2014, leaving us open to the risk of unwelcome developments before we could complete the process.
To avoid this ‘exposure’, the Pleasant Ridge Community Council and the Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation have been working with the new City Council, and we are pleased to announce that yesterday, the City Neighborhoods Committee voted unanimously to approve a new IDC for Pleasant Ridge Business District. This vote was the result of several face to face meetings with the New City Leadership, including Vice Mayor Mann and Mayor Cranley and their staff, plus very active support from the City Planning Department and continual boosting from your Community Council and Development Corp.
The new IDC, which is initially for 90 days, can be extended incrementally up to 2 years. Our activity as a Community now needs to be the selection and adoption of an appropriate Code that will allow us to be a welcoming site for developers, whilst retaining the ability to actively avoid any ‘unwelcome’ developments.
We in PRCC & PRDC believe this is a major win for us. Not only have we eliminated a very real risk, we have developed strong relationships with several key members of City Council along the way.
We ask that in the oncoming weeks and months, you each participate in the workshops and meetings that will be part of the creation and adoption of our ‘Form Based Code’ or any alternative process that we as a community select.
Bill Frost, President PRCC
Jason Chamlee, President PRDC
Here are some ways you can help keep our neighborhood safe!
Pleasant Ridge currently has 40+ streets that are without Block Watches. If you’d like to step up as a captain for your street, please speak up! This is an easy, low commitment way to get involved in the neighborhood, meet some of your neighbors, and help keep PR safe. More information can be found here.
Citizens on Patrol is also seeking volunteers. Citizens on Patrol is a volunteer organization overseen by the Cincinnati Police Department. Volunteers patrol their neighborhoods, acting as the eyes and ears of the police. Patrols concentrate around problem areas aiding police by increasing visibility. COPP units deter crime by their mere presence and visibility to the general public. More information can be found here.
If you are interested in helping, please get in touch!
Bill Frost— email@example.com (Safety Committee)
Don Trummel—firstname.lastname@example.org (Block Watch)
Valerie Kulhavik—email@example.com (Citizens on Patrol)
CPD District 2—513-979-4400
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