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Rocky River Updates

Master Plan Draft 2018

James Umerley

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Rocky River Master Plan Public Meeting #3 Results Report

The third and final Public Meeting for the Rocky River Master Plan was held on October 18, 2017, in Memorial Hall, at the Don Umerley Civic Center. Approximately 45 residents, business owners, and public officials were in attendance. Following the Public Meeting, materials were posted online to allow additional residents to read the materials, comment on them, and provide feedback.

During the Public Meeting, representatives from County Planning gave a presentation on results from the second Public Meeting and introduced the implementation tables covering potential partners, estimated costs, and project timelines for implementation of the Core Projects and Goals. At the end of the presentation, County Planning asked the attendees for comments and feedback about their priorities for implementation of Core Projects and Goals.

Around the room were boards featuring the Core Projects and Goals, associated images, and information on the feasibility and impact of each project and goal. Residents were given a handout on which to rank their top three priority Core Projects and top three priority Goals after reviewing the boards. Comments could be left on any of the boards as well as the handout.

Attendees were also asked to provide feedback about their preferred development scenario for the Reimagining Marion Ramp Core Project. A board was set up for residents to vote on two development options for the Marion Ramp. The first option described repairing or replacing the ramp, while the second option described removing the ramp. These options were accompanied by additional information about traffic impacts and costs associated with both options.

This Results Report outlines the implementation priority ranking for the Core Projects and Goals, and common themes derived from the Public Meeting and online survey comments.

Please follow the link below to review the entire Results Report.

www.countyplanning.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/RR_PM3_Results-Report.pdf


NOVEMBER 2017 UPDATE

ROCKY RIVER MASTER PLAN

WELCOME!

Thank you for your interest in the Rocky River Master Plan! The City of Rocky River and County Planning will be publishing a periodic newsletter in order to keep residents up-to-date on what has been and what remains to be accomplished in the Master Plan process. We encourage all residents to participate in the process by attending future meetings and contributing thoughts and feedback. For the most up to date information, visit the plan website at www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

WHAT IS A MASTER PLAN?

A Master Plan outlines a community’s vision for the future and describes specific actions that the community can take to realize that vision. Topics addressed range from transportation, housing, and economic development to parks and recreation, business district development, and more.

PLAN TIMELINE

The planning process is made up of six phases:

1.  Conducting a community survey (complete)

2.  Analyzing current conditions (complete)

3.  Establishing a community vision (complete)

4.  Identifying policies and action steps to achieve the vision (complete)

5.  Identifying priorities for implementation (complete)

6.  Drafting a final document (underway)

Thus far, we have collected public input via a community survey, three Public Meetings, three online surveys, and a number of meetings with the Project Team and Working Group. We are using this information to assemble a Draft Master Plan document that combines the information assembled from each phase of the planning process.

The Community Vision document outlined the direction Rocky River residents would like to see the City develop.

The Policies document consisted of overarching Community Vision statements, Core Projects for major physical improvements in the City, and Goals and Actions for accomplishing the community’s vision, serving as the foundation for developing a guide for implementation.

In the Implementation phase, we worked with residents to prioritize Core Projects and Goals. Individual actions were tied to partners, timeframes, and estimated costs to ensure that responsible parties are aware of what is required to accomplish a project or goal.   

PUBLIC MEETING #3 RESULTS

The third Public Meeting held on October 18, 2017, covered results from the second Public Meeting and policy recommendations for Core Projects and Goals based on the community’s vision. It was attended by over 40 residents who submitted approximately 71 written comments and cast 245 votes for their highest priorities for Core Projects and Goals Implementation. Furthermore, a post-meeting online survey was taken by 104 people which resulted in 76 individual comments and approximately 687 votes for implementation priorities.

Comments were categorized and summarized to reveal common trends among the responses. These themes will be described in a Results Report that will be posted on the plan website in the coming weeks.

PUBLIC FEEDBACK:   TOP RATED PROJECTS & GOALS

A majority of residents were in favor of all Core Projects and Goals, however, County Planning asked residents to rate the projects that were the most important for implementation first. The top two Core Projects and the top two Goals are as follows:

The “Linda Street Development” Core Project proposed as a Pedestrian Promenade with angled, on-street parking. It could include phased-in new development possibilities, outdoor seating, and enhanced infrastructure. A total of 70 votes by respondents rated this Core Project as a high priority for implementation making it the highest rated Core Project.

Moreover, residents have stated that they would like stronger pedestrian and bicycle paths to better access Downtown River, connections to Lakewood, parking accessibility, and continued growth, making Rocky River a gathering place that boasts small-town charm and character. Of the in-person and on-line votes for which Core Project was the most important, 58 total votes were received for the “Downtown Parking and Development” Core Project, making it the second most important Core Project that should be implemented.

Similarly, improved streetscapes and enhanced parks and public spaces were the two most important goals to the public. The “Improved Streetscape and Repair Infrastructure” Goal had a total of 103 votes as residents feel quality streets reflect the quality of the community.

Additionally, residents said they would like to see improvements to their parks to ensure they reflect the quality of the Rocky River community. That desire was reflected in the in-person voting at the Public Meeting and the voting results from the on-line survey. A total of 78 respondents rated the “Enhance Parks and Public Space” Goal as one of their top priorities for implementation.

NEXT STEPS

The comments submitted by residents are being used to update the recommended priorities in the Implementation document. County Planning will draft the Master Plan and present the document to the City in late 2017 or early 2018. Updates will be posted on the plan website:  www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

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The information presented at the October 18, 2017 Master Plan Public Meeting along with a survey can be found at the link below. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please share your thoughts on the Plan’s core projects and goals by completing the survey found at the top of the page.  As you scroll further down the page you will find information from the Master Plan process and past meetings.  We look forward to receiving your survey comments.

 

http://www.countyplanning.us/projects/rocky-river-master-plan/


Public Meeting
Rocky River Master Plan

PRIORITIZING GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

PUBLIC MEETING #3

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017 AT 6:30 PM

MEMORIAL HALL, 21016 HILLIARD BOULEVARD

 

The City of Rocky River and County Planning will be hosting a Public Meeting to provide an opportunity for input on the Rocky River Master Plan. The meeting will consist of a presentation and an open house covering priorities for the future.

Residents are encouraged to attend and vote on priority goals and projects. Your input is important to the future of Rocky River! Please take some time to attend the meeting and help shape this plan for the next decade.

Follow the Master Plan at www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

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ROCKY RIVER MASTER PLAN

OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE

 

WELCOME!

Thank you for your interest in the Rocky River Master Plan! The City of Rocky River and County Planning will be publishing a periodic newsletter in order to keep residents up-to-date on what has been and what remains to be accomplished in the Master Plan process. We encourage all residents to participate in the process by attending future meetings and contributing thoughts and feedback. For the most up to date information, visit the plan website at www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

 

WHAT IS A MASTER PLAN?

A Master Plan outlines a community’s vision for the future and describes specific actions that the community can take to realize that vision. Topics addressed range from transportation, housing, and economic development to parks and recreation, business district development, and more.

 

PLAN TIMELINE

The planning process is made up of six phases:

§   Conducting a community survey (complete)

§   Analyzing current conditions (complete)

§   Establishing a community vision (complete)

§   Identifying policies and action steps to achieve the vision (complete)

§   Identifying priorities for implementation (underway)

§   Drafting a final document

 

Thus far, we have collected public input via a community survey, our first and second of three Public Meetings, two online surveys, and a number of meetings with the Project Team and Working Group. We have used this information to assemble a Policies document that outlines action steps to achieving Rocky River’s desired future. The Policies document consists of overarching community Vision Statements, Core Projects for major physical improvements in the City, and Goals and Actions for accomplishing the community’s vision. It serves as the foundation for action.

 

In the upcoming Implementation phase, Core Projects and Goals will be prioritized and individual actions will be tied to partners, timeframes, and estimated costs to ensure responsible parties are aware of what is required to accomplish a project or goal.

 

PUBLIC MEETING #2 RESULTS

The second Public Meeting covered results from the first public meeting and policy recommendations for Core Projects and Goals based on the community’s vision. It was attended by over 80 residents who submitted approximately 140 written comments and placed hundreds of dots on the meeting’s demonstration boards. Furthermore, a post-meeting online survey was taken by 101 people which resulted in more than 450 individual comments.

 

Comments were categorized and summarized to reveal common trends among the responses. These themes will be described in a Results Report that will be posted on the plan website in the coming weeks.

 

ADDRESSING CONCERNS: HILLIARD BLVD ROAD DIET

The Hilliard Boulevard Road Diet Core Project outlined the potential to reduce the number of travel lanes on the portion of the road east of Wooster Road while creating space for new development opportunities, bike paths, and landscaping. Multiple options of what this might look like were provided. A small road diet showed two driving lanes with one center turning lane, while a large diet depicted two driving lanes.

 

Respondents valued additional landscaping and bike infrastructure along Hilliard Boulevard, and recognized that lane reductions would provide room for those features. However, there were concerns regarding the potential impact on traffic. The small road diet was preferred by the majority over the large diet. Based on this feedback, it is recommended that a traffic study be completed on the corridor before implementing any road diet.

Proposed Project: Hilliard Boulevard Small Road Diet

 

NEXT STEPS

The comments submitted by residents have been used to update the Core Projects and Goals. County Planning will present the updated projects and goals at the next Public Meeting for resident feedback and input on implementation priority. That meeting will take place October 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Memorial Hall (21016 Hilliard Boulevard). Monthly updates will be posted on the plan website: www.countyplanning.us/rockyriver

 

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Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

 


 

www.CountyPlanning.us/rockyriver

The information presented at the August 10, 2017 Master Plan Public Meeting along with a survey can be found by clicking on the documents below. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please share your thoughts on the Plan’s core projects and goals by completing the survey.

We look forward to receiving your survey comments.

Presentation

Display Boards

Draft Policies Document

Survey

Public Meeting #1 Results Report

www.CountyPlanning.us/rockyriver


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Rocky River Master Plan update will strengthen commercial centers, improve walkability, connect neighborhoods, and enhance identity

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Fire Hydrant Flushing

James Umerley

Fire Hydrant Flushing

May 2018 Hydrant Flushing

The City of Rocky River fire hydrant testing program has begun. Signs will be posted on the main roadway near the streets where hydrants will be flushed. During hydrant flushing, please run cold water for a few minutes to make sure the water runs clear. This includes running your washing machine through a cold water cycle without laundry. It is advised to not run laundry during and immediately after hydrant flushing. If there are any laundry issues that occur during hydrant flushing, please contact the Fire Department (440-331-0600).

Thank you.

Fitness Classes & News!

Cindi Williams

Click on the month for the latest fitness classes.  

FITNESS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

SILVER SNEAKER CLASSES

MAY FITNESS SCHEDULE

FITNESS ANNOUNCEMENTS/CANCELLATIONS:

*NEW! Hip Hop Aerobics starting in June! Wednesdays

 at 5:30 PM! Join the fun! Click here for further information. 
  • Zumba class have been added on Mondays at 6:00.  Enjoy exercise to up beat music.  You don't have to be able to dance, just move!

  • Christine Frey and 360 Fitness are available for Personal Trainers.

  • PURCHASE A FITNESS PUNCH PASS~ TRY OUT ALL OF OUR FITNESS CLASSES! 5,10,15 Punch Pass are available

Check-in at either the Front Desk (for Water Exercise) or Fitness Desk (upstairs) for all classes.

 

HOLIDAY HOURS – REFUSE COLLECTION UPDATE – SHREDDING DATES

James Umerley

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER – HOLIDAY HOURS – REFUSE COLLECTION UPDATE – SHREDDING DATES

 Refuse WILL BE collected on Friday, March 30, 2018; however, all City Hall administrative offices will be closed on Friday, March 30th.  The Transfer Station, located at 22401 Lake Road will be accepting refuse on Saturday, March 31st from 7:30 a.m. until noon (gates are closed promptly at noon) from Rocky River residents only with photo-identification required.

 Keep in mind during spring cleaning that three City shredding events are scheduled for:  April 21st, May 5th and September 29th from 9 a.m. to noon at City Hall.  Documents will be accepted from Rocky River residents and all participants must show photo-identification.  The truck will accept shredding until noon or until the truck is full. 

Rocky River Women's Club Commitment to Community Scholarship

James Umerley

The annually-awarded RRWC Commitment to Community Scholarship is open to male and female Rocky River residents, of any age, who will attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2018. Resident applicants are eligible for the scholarship regardless of the location of their high school. All applicants must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater for consideration. Several $1000 awards will be granted for one year only and are payable directly to the student to help with books, supplies, and other education-related expenses. Download the application at http://www.rrwc.org/scholarship.

The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018. For questions or to submit your application materials, please email RRWC.CommunityScholarships@gmail.com.

Carjackings in Neighboring Communities

James Umerley

In light of recent carjackings in neighboring communities, the Rocky River Police Department is providing the following safety information.

Carjacking is a form of robbery--a theft by use of force or a threat of force--against occupied motor vehicles. Many times carjacking involves an armed attacker, making the crime especially volatile and dangerous. Avoid being a carjacking target with these precautions: 
•    Always have your mobile phone handy—and charged.
•    Avoid being alone in your vehicle in certain areas, such as poorly lit areas, isolated roads and intersections, and desolate areas of parking lots. 
•    Be aware of your surroundings. Pay special attention to people who seem to be lurking or cars that follow you suspiciously. Look on both sides, under, and inside your car before unlocking and entering it. Call 911 and use your key fob or other car alarm if you feel a threat approaching. 
•    Be wary of how carjackers lure victims. These include bumping your car, pretending to be stranded motorists or flashing their lights as if there were something wrong with your car. In each of these scenarios, you might be tempted to pull over—only to have your car taken. Stay inside with the windows shut and the door locked and, if you feel a threat, drive to the nearest police or fire station. 
•    Leave plenty of room for escape. When stopped in traffic, waiting in line at the drive-through, or to enter the roadway, make sure there is enough room between you and the car in front of you to drive away. 
•    Practice safe parking. Stick to well-lit areas. If you have any doubts about where you parked after the fact, find a security guard to accompany you to your vehicle.
•    Keep your car doors locked, even when you are in the car and in traffic. Consider keeping your windows rolled up, too.  
•    Don't leave your car unlocked, running, or unattended at gas pumps, air pumps, or while loading or unloading. These are opportunities for someone to jump in your car and drive off, possibly injuring you or others. 
•    Don’t stop at ATMs or other isolated areas, which might put you and your bank accounts as well as your car in danger. If you do, have your transaction and cards ready to minimize the time you are stopped; pull your car as close to the ATM or window as safely possible to prevent a would-be attacker from getting to the driver's door. Check your mirrors regularly to see anyone approaching. 
•    Pay attention to your surroundings. If you sense someone or something is wrong when you are headed toward your car, stop and return to a place of safety. 
•    Follow these precautions...even during daylight hours. 
•    If someone attempts to steal your car using force or threat of force, surrender your car without a fight. Don't argue; your life is worth more than a car. Take note of the suspect's appearance, direction of travel, and if he is alone or possibly with someone in another car. Call police as soon as it is safe to do so.
 

March For Meals

James Umerley

March is national Meals on Wheels month

Our Rocky River MOW program is a non-profit organization and receives no federal, state or local funding.  Meals on Wheels is staffed with volunteers who provide nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks, thus helping our residents cope with the three biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.

If you are interested in learning more about the Meals on Wheels organization, please call 440-333-6298.

You can also visit their website, www.mealsonwheelsrr.org, or find them on Facebook, for additional information.

quarterly sanitary sewer bills

James Umerley

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated March 1, 2018 to Rocky River property owners.  Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.

At this time of year, applications are being accepted for the 2018 Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program.  This is an annual program with qualifying eligibility criteria.  The application is available in the Community News column at http://www.rrcity.com/sewers/

Residential Sanitary Sewer Summer Credit Program

Eligible residents who apply will be given a credit of one MCF (thousand cubic feet) in the amount of the current sanitary sewer rate of $38.00 per MCF.  The Credit will appear on the September 1st sewer bill which covers the service period of June to August.

Residents with a second water meter (also known as a deduct meter) already installed on an irrigation system are not eligible under this Program; the water consumption measured by the second water meter is already deducted from the usage before the sewer charges are calculated.

Return completed applications by

U. S. Mail:                  City of Rocky River, Sewer Billing
                                  21012 Hilliard Boulevard
                                  Rocky River, Ohio 44116 or

Fax:                             (440) 895 – 2620 or

Email:                         sewerbilling@rrcity.com      

Call or email with questions.  (440) 331–0600 or sewerbilling@rrcity.com

Cuyahoga Greenways

James Umerley

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Cuyahoga Greenways is a joint effort between County Planning, Cleveland Metroparks, and NOACA to build an interconnected system of greenways and trails that link neighborhoods, parks, and public transportation, and create a comprehensive countywide active transportation network.  Please follow this link for more information.

Bradstreet's Landing Master Plan Preferred Plan Review

James Umerley

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Improvement and Enhancement of Bradstreet’s Landing Park

Introduction to Project:

A public meeting with the community was held on November 30th where three initial ideas for the improvement and enhancement of Bradstreet’s Landing were discussed.  The meeting generated discussion on the concepts and feedback was provided on how to move forward developing a single preferred concept. The feedback provided in the public forum, in addition to this public survey, will be used to create the preferred plan and long term vision which will guide future investment and volunteer efforts.  Your participation in the process is critical and highly appreciated.

The park is made up of six simple elements: the pier, the bridge, parking and vehicular circulation, restroom facility, Spencer Creek, and trails and open space.  The following concepts explore different approaches to reorganizing and improving these elements while integrating them with the site and existing park features.  No one solution is an exact fit at this point, but rather the ultimate plan will likely be a combination of aspects from each concept presented.  The following brief narratives highlight the inspiration and theme for each concept.  For more information on existing site conditions and the overall project, please click on the presentation link.  If you have any questions about the process or project, please reach out the Mary Kay at safetyservice@rrcity.com.  Thank you for your participation.

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PowerPoint Presentation from Nov 30th Public Meeting

The three concept narratives that were shared at the public meeting (to gather public input and introduce potential concepts) are:

The Fleet

The Fleet is inspired by the unique story of Bradstreet’s Disaster and uses the physical design of the park to tell the narrative.  Park elements, including a restroom facility, boardwalks, seat walls, sidewalks, and plantings, are arranged to abstract the imagery of a fleet of boats and twist the orientation of the park to better integrate the creek, upland, and lakefront.  

The Wave

The Wave also explores the unique story of Bradstreet’s Disaster and the dynamic nature of Lake Erie.  The Wave takes many of the park’s current elements and reorganizes them into an improved lakefront experience while also engaging Spencer creek.  A sweeping lakefront boardwalk offers a dramatic experience of the lake while a curved wall envelopes a protected central lawn and tells the story of the park’s history.

The Tributary

The Tributary celebrates the connection of water found at Bradstreet’s Landing.  It tells a story of hydrology and sustainability.  Notably, a sweeping stormwater swale intercepts runoff infiltration and cleansing water before entering the stream and lake.  Parking is shifted to the southern half of the park and allows the pedestrian-focused lawn and plaza spaces push forward towards the lake.

This report and Internet site were prepared by City of Rocky River under award NA16NOS4190094 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management.  The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, or the Office of Coastal Management.

Link to the Survey Here

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4051476/Bradstreets-Landing-Public-Outreach-Survey