Requests for Community Council Action

  • 12/06/2017 8:21 PM
    Message # 5616095

    The following requests were submitted to the OCC Trustees at the Dec. 5 meeting for their consideration and action:

    REQUESTS:

    1. Request for OCC to review, revise, and adopt “Consistency Bylaws” for Oakley Community Council

    Purpose:

    • to enable the neighborhood to understand how OCC will administer and implement its adopted community plans.
    • to create a formal link between Oakley’s adopted plans (goals, policies, etc.) and incremental requests for zoning map and text amendments, development applications, and other advisory recommendations within the neighborhood.
    • To protect the public interest.

    2. Request for OCC to review, revise, and adopt a “Decision Process for Public Meetings” for Oakley Community Council


    Purpose:
    • to enable the neighborhood to understand how OCC makes decisions and represents the public interest.
    • to facilitate efficient, orderly, and effective public and special interest participation in monthly meetings.
    • to assure that the public interest of the neighborhood is identified and considered prior to OCC decisions.
    • to enable OCC to consistently balance public and private interests.
    • to enable informed and defensible decision-making and convincing advisory recommendations that balance public and private interests.
    • To protect the public interest.

    3. Urgent Request for OCC to recommend to the City Planning Commission that Cincinnati establish an Interim Development Control (IDC) Overlay District on the Oakley neighborhood for a period of 90 days, pursuant to Chapter 1431 of the Cincinnati Zoning Code.


    Purpose:
    • to temporarily regulate the establishment of uses, construction of new buildings and demolition or alteration of existing structures in Oakley where potential development could be detrimental or have adverse impacts on the implementation of currently emerging master plan and zoning studies.
    • To enable at least 90 days for Oakley to prepare an Interim Policy Plan (in the absence of a more comprehensive community master plan) to temporarily guide OCC’s decisions and recommendations during this current period of increased development and redevelopment demand and to enable appropriate consideration of on-site and off-site impacts of the proposed stadium development and other zoning amendments now under consideration.
    • To protect the public interest.

    4. Urgent Request for OCC to submit a recommendation to the City Planning Department to facilitate a community wide discussion and consensus on an Oakley Neighborhood Interim Policy Plan (neighborhood goals and objectives) and to draft, refine, and present the Interim Policy Plan for adoption by OCC within 90 days.

    Purpose:
    • to identify development policies that serve the public interest related to community building and community character in Oakley.
    • to enable defensible criteria for OCC decision-making during Oakley’s ongoing master plan initiative.
    • to assure that decisions on land use and development opportunities are assessed and measured against the neighborhood’s adopted vision (policies and goals).
    • To protect the public interest.

    (see additional information at: https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=71927122 )

  • 12/08/2017 12:42 PM
    Reply # 5620810 on 5616095

    One additional recommendation (request):

    Request for OCC trustees to review, update, and implement OCC’s existing “Code of Ethics” and to post OCC's code of ethics on OCC's OakleyNow website.

    Purpose:

    “Behind-the-scenes” lobbying (especially if beneficial to the trustee or to the lobbyist) should be avoided by OCC trustees. Such communication has the appearance of “ex parte” consultations and certainly requires some scrutiny. Ex parte communications (private, one-sided communication between a decision maker and a party or person concerning issues before the decision maker) can easily lead to real OR PERCIEVED absence of a basic level of fairness. Some boards have policies related to ethical behavior and prohibit participation in private discussions and require decision makers (e.g. OCC trustees) to decline receipt of information and instead request the information be presented at a public meeting so that it can be part of the public record. If presentation in writing or at the public meeting is not possible or does occur, then board members (before voting) should disclose significant private communication on the record by summarizing the discussion and identifying from whom it was received. Obviously, this is more critical in quasi-judicial decisions; but, also increases perception of fairness at the community council level. Obviously, community council trustees may unavoidably be the recipients of unsolicited private communications. The perception of prejudicial and improper influence on decision making, however, increases when the person initiating the communication benefits from the board’s decision or if the trustee benefits from the individual contact.

    Last modified: 12/08/2017 12:53 PM | Ron Miller
  • 12/12/2017 12:50 PM
    Reply # 5625528 on 5616095

    And another recommendation (request):

    re: roundabout at Madison/Ridge intersection

    The current interest in intensive development of the Cast Fab site (as stadium and/or other development) and prerequisite road widenings to accommodate expected traffic generation may enable innovative circulation improvements at the Madison/Ridge intersection.  This vast intersection (about to be widened again) is a perceived gateway to Oakley and could be designed as Oakley’s distinctive eastern entry point [see examples below].

    With current development proposals, now would be an opportune time for OCC to request a study of potential for a roundabout or rotary design (common European traffic solutions) for this intersection.  A similar study is already underway for a Northside gateway roundabout at Knowlton’s Corner.  Councilman Mann introduced the motion for city council to request a feasibility study by City administration and the Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE). The concept is shown below.

    These innovative design options move vehicles quickly and efficiently through an intersection by slowing speeding down but not the amount of vehicles moving through the intersection.  Roundabout and rotary designs also improve community appearance and increase pedestrian and vehicular safety.

     [Note: Roundabouts can have more than one lane, and are typically smaller than rotaries. Both have a central island, designed to keep traffic moving continuously without stop signs or stoplights. With roundabouts, drivers approaching to enter the flow of traffic yield to cars already in the roundabout, but rotaries usually have two to three lanes with outside lane that allows cars to merge right away.]

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