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The City of Beachwood is holding an open house on Monday, January 11 so the public can review a draft of Beachwood’s five year master plan.
This is the first time the city has drafted such a plan, which offers a blueprint for how the community wants to grow and develop in the future. The plan, which was drafted in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, addresses a wide variety of topics including land use, housing, economic development, parks and recreation, the environment, local business climate, city services and transportation.
Some specific recommendations in the Master Plan draft include consideration of switching the Richmond Road and Chagrin Boulevard-South Green Road corridors from single-family to multi-family districts, creating a detailed, environmentally-sensitive plan for future development of Chagrin Highlands and naming and otherwise designating specific neighborhoods within the city.
“Beachwood today is a very desirable place to live and is an excellent location for businesses,” said Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden. “But we can’t stand still and become complacent. We need to keep pushing forward in order to intelligently help determine the Beachwood of tomorrow.”
What: Open House to present draft of Beachwood’s Five Year Master Plan.When: 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11.Where: Beachwood City Council Chambers, 25325 Fairmount Blvd.
The Jan. 11 Open House is an opportunity for the public to offer input into the final version of the master plan. Planning professionals from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission will be on hand to present details of the plan and answer questions. Attendees will be engaged to provide feedback on plan components.
In January of 2015, the city and the county planning commission sent surveys to 900 Beachwood residents and 575 businesses located in the city. Results from those surveys have been incorporated into the draft of the master plan, but the city wants to give the public another opportunity to offer their input.
The survey showed that an overwhelming number of residents (99.4%) rated Beachwood’s quality of life as either good or excellent. A similar plurality (99.1%) rated the quality of the city’s services as good or excellent. A large number of residents (86.3%) want to see the city concentrate on environmentally-friendly development.
Among business respondents to the survey, 88% rated the business climate of Beachwood as excellent or good. An overwhelming 95% said the most important issue for business leaders was ensuring public safety. That was followed by improving traffic flow, improved broadband capabilities and general infrastructure.
James Doutt, Beachwood’s Economic Development Director, said the city and the planning commission have invested considerable time into the drafting of the master plan.
“This is an important document because it’s going to serve as a road map for the city’s direction on multiple levels for the next five years,” Doutt said. “We want to give the public as much opportunity as possible to have their thoughts and concerns included.”