Looking Out for Mt. Lookout

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Updates

May 2019

  • Presentation for MLCC Board. Looking Out for Mt. Lookout gave a presentation to the Mt. Lookout Community Council Board on May 20. We appreciate the opportunity to keep the board informed of our activities, research, and plans.

  • Petitions. We have delivered a petition opposing the proposed cluster development to both the Mt. Lookout & Linwood Community Councils. It is signed by immediately adjacent property owners on Linwood Ave, Beverly Hill Dr, Le Blond Ave, Richwood Ave, and Sheffield Ave. We circulated this first petition since Redstone MTL is not reducing the number of planned homes based on the geotechnical testing they performed in March. There will be a separate online petition that is circulated more broadly once Redstone MTL submits their final application materials.

Week of April 22, 2019

  • Keep Your Yard Signs. It may seem like we’re going through a quiet period, but Redstone MTL is actively working on their final application for the proposed development. We are asking everyone who has a yard sign to please leave them up. We want to stay engaged and vigilant, and once Redstone MTL submits their application, we’ll need a strong show of neighborhood opposition to their plans.

    If your sign is damaged, please email us at info@lookingout4mtlookout.org so we can replace it.

  • Site Plan Revisions. Redstone MTL is revising their proposed site plan based on the results of geotechnical testing performed in March. They are modifying the arrangement of the back row of detached homes, but not reducing the total number of homes.

Week of April 1, 2019

  • Listen to the WVXU Cincinnati Edition Story. The April 1 episode of Cincinnati Edition on WVXU included a discussion about Redstone MTL's proposed development along Linwood Ave. Looking Out for Mt. Lookout participated, along with Mt. Lookout Community Council President Dan Prevost and American Planning Association Research Program and QA Manager David Morley.

Week of March 25, 2019

  • Attend the Property Tax Working Group Public Meeting. The April 2 meeting of the Property Tax Working Group will focus on property taxes and the tax abatement program. The working group wants to hear from the public so they can identify those issues and programs that may be hurting our City. Neighborhoods like Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout do not need development incentives. New construction abatements have evolved into tax shelters for the very people who can afford to pay their full share of property taxes. They stimulate lot splits and encourage the tear down of our historic housing stock and precious green spaces. The character of our neighborhood is forever changing.

    The meeting will be held at William H. Taft Elementary School, 270 Southern Avenue, on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Week of March 18, 2019

  • Be on the Lookout for Mt. Lookout...Literally. After installing construction fencing around the wooded portion of the proposed development on March 15, soil testing with a mini excavator was performed on March 21. Six trenches were excavated throughout the site and then filled in. Mayor Cranley has stated that:

    “Our inspectors have been out to the site multiple times and observed that temporary fencing has been installed and soil testing preparations are occurring. At this time, there are no permits required for that activity.

    The owner is allowed to take down trees on the property without a permit, however, if they begin to disturb the hillside or make it unstable by stripping off vegetation, that would trigger a hillside review and may require a cut and fill permit if they begin to do any mass grading of the site.”

    If you see any activity on the site that would disturb the hillside or make it unstable, please report it immediately to the Department of Buildings & Inspections at 513-352-3267.

  • Detailed Site Plans Now Available. We have obtained detailed site plans for the proposed development. These plans were withheld during the public Mt. Lookout & Linwood Community Council Meetings on February 25 & 26, 2019. They clearly demonstrate how Redstone MTL intends to exploit the cluster housing guidelines.

Week of March 11, 2019

Week of February 25, 2019

  • Read the Cincinnati Enquirer Story. The Cincinnati Enquirer featured a story about the proposed development and new subdivision rules on February 28.

  • Complete the Mt Lookout Community Council Online Comment Sheet. The Mt Lookout Community Council had a record turnout at their February meeting – nearly 200 people! If you wanted to share your thoughts but did not get a chance or were unable to attend the meeting, please complete the online version of the comment sheet.

  • Watch the Local 12 News. The Local 12 News at 11 newscast on February 25 featured a story about the Mt Lookout Community Council Meeting.

  • Attend the Mt Lookout or Linwood Community Council Meetings. The developer will be presenting at the next Mt Lookout Community Council meeting on February 25 starting at 7:30pm, Christ The King Parish Center, 3223 Linwood Ave. The developer will also be presenting at the next Linwood Community Council meeting on February 26 starting at 7:00pm, Lindner Tennis Center at Lunken Playfield. The Linwood Community Council has generously invited Mt Lookout residents to attend this Linwood Community Council meeting if they are not able to attend the February 25 MLCC meeting. We want to have a strong public showing at these meetings, so please bring a friend! We will also be distributing yard signs at the Mt Lookout & Linwood Community Council meetings if you would still like a yard sign but have not received one.

Week of February 18, 2019

  • Watch FOX19 NOW @ 10 Story. The FOX19 NOW @ 10 newscast on February 22 featured a story about the proposed development, including an interview by Maytal Levi.

  • Watch Channel 9 On Your Side Story. The 9 On Your Side at 5:30PM newscast on February 22 featured a story about the proposed development, including an interview by Lisa Smith.

Week of February 11, 2019

  • Bring a Friend to the Mt Lookout or Linwood Community Council Meetings. The developer will be presenting at the next Mt Lookout Community Council meeting on February 25 starting at 7:30pm, Christ The King Parish Center, 3223 Linwood Ave. The developer will also be presenting at the next Linwood Community Council meeting on February 26 starting at 7:00pm, Lindner Tennis Center at Lunken Playfield. The Linwood Community Council has generously invited Mt Lookout residents to attend this Linwood Community Council meeting if they are not able to attend the February 25 MLCC meeting. We want to have a strong public showing at these meetings, so please bring a friend!

  • Make Sure You Have a Yard Sign. We will be distributing yard signs at the Mt Lookout & Linwood Community Council meetings if you would still like a yard sign but have not received one. We also have a PayPal option if you already have a yard sign but have not been able to donate $4 to offset the cost.

  • Website FAQs Have Been Added. We have added a new section with Frequently Asked Questions to the website. These were common questions that came up during our discussions with you. Please reply with any additional questions you would like to see answered.

Week of February 4, 2019

Week of January 28, 2019

Week of January 21, 2019

  • Watch the Local 12 News. If you missed it on January 24, the Local 12 News at 5 featured a story about the proposed development.

  • Save the Date for the Next Linwood Community Council Meeting on Feb 26. The developer will be presenting at the next Linwood Community Council public meeting, which is scheduled for February 26, 7:00pm at Lindner Tennis Center at Lunken Playfield. The Linwood Community Council has generously invited Mt Lookout residents to attend this Linwood Community Council meeting if they are not able to attend the February 25 MLCC meeting.

  • Spread the Word. Email our flyer (PDF) to your family, friends and neighbors. We want to make sure the whole community knows about this.

 
 
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"The purpose of the Hillside Overlay District regulations is to establish standards to assist in the development of land and structures in existing hillside areas and procedures for the review of proposed development, so that development will be compatible with the natural environment and respect the quality of the urban environment in those locations where the hillsides are of significant public value."

§ 1433. - Hillside Overlay District, Zoning Code of the City of Cincinnati