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Rocky River Updates

Rocky River Master Plan Adopted on July 23, 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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WestShore Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training

James Umerley

The WestShore Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is holding a Basic Training for 2019, with Wednesday night training over 8 consecutive weeks and the final drill scheduled on a Saturday.  Training begins on Wednesday, February 20th and run through Wednesday, April 10th.  The classes will be held at the Westlake Service Center from 6:30pm - 8:30pm with the Final Drill scheduled for Saturday, April 13th from 9am - 1pm.  The WestShore CERT is on Facebook at WestshoreCERT, on twitter @westshore_CERT, and on the internet at www.westshorecert.org.  Interested individuals should email CERT Coordinator Julie Morron at jmorron@rrcity.com or contact her via telephone at 440-356-5624.

Fitness Classes & News!

Cindi Williams

Click on the month for the latest fitness classes.  

FITNESS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

SILVER SNEAKER CLASSES

JANUARY FITNESS CLASSES

FITNESS ANNOUNCEMENTS/CANCELLATIONS:

  • Additional cycle classes have been added! Join Brie on Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30 and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm!

  • 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.

 

Leaf Collection Schedule

James Umerley

The City continues to collect leaves from the tree lawn this week.  Next week (the week of December 17th) will be our final collection of leaves from the tree lawn.  We will collect from each street at least once next week, as weather allows.  On and after December 24th, leaves must be bagged in brown yard waste bags for collection from the tree lawn.  The City will collect brown yard waste bags year-round.  

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping leaves on the tree lawn for City collection– it is safer for our hard-working crews and less likely to cause safety issues in the street.   Thank you.

Quarterly Sanitary Sewer Bills

James Umerley

 

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

This is an estimated sanitary sewer bill for the period September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018, the 3rd quarter of the billing year.  Your bill is generally based on one quarter of the past year’s water consumption.  Please be aware, there is a minimum charge of 1 (one) MCF per quarter (or $38.00).  The City’s sewer rate is $38.00 per MCF (thousand cubic feet) billed at 1/10 of an MCF of water used. 

 

Please note that this sanitary sewer bill is due on Monday, December 31.

 

The sanitary sewer billing schedule is as follows:

Bill Date

Quarter

Bill Type

Period Covered

Payment Due

June 1

 

Annual Adjustment

March 1 to February 28

June 30

June 1

1st

Estimate

March 1 to May 31

June 30

September 1

2nd

Estimate

June 1 to August 31

September 30

December 1

3rd

Estimate

September 1 to November 30

December 31

March 1

4th

Estimate

December 1 to February 28

March 31

   

For questions concerning sewer billing, please contact Kimberly Waltz, Sewer Charge Administrator or Michael A. Thomas, CPA, Director of Finance (440) 331 – 0600.   Or email to sewerbilling@rrcity.com.

 

Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.”

James Umerley

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Rocky River Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.” What does that mean?

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

The Rocky River Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years ‑‑ to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one. This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.

Although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

·        Look for places fire could start.

·        Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.

·        Learn 2 ways out of every room.

While NFPA and the Rocky River Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.

Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Recreation Department Fall 2018 Program Guide

James Umerley

The Recreation Fall 2018 Program Guide is now available.  You can find it online at www.rrcity.com on the Parks and Recreation “Programs” page.  There are a limited number of printed copies that will be available at the Civic Center, Hamilton Ice Arena, Senior Center and Library. 

Registration begins Saturday, August 18 online at www.rrcity.com/programs or at the Civic Center beginning at 8:00 am (doors open at 7:00 am and numbers will be passed out prior to 8:00 am).  Complete registration guidelines can be found on page 2 of the program guide.  Please note that the Civic Center is closed on Sunday, August 19 and reopens Monday morning at 5:30 am until 9:00 pm.

Please call the Civic Center Front Desk, 440-895-2599 extension 0, if you have any questions regarding classes or the registration process.

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#RockyRiverRocks

James Umerley

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We all know that Rocky River rocks!  Now we are taking it to another level!  It’s a new community initiative, #RockyRiverRocks.  It is a unique outdoor treasure hunt for painted rocks.  It all started with one person who wanted to brighten the day by hiding a painted rock for someone to find.  You may have already heard of this viral activity and the communities of people all painting, hiding and finding rocks across the world.  Rock painting is simple and it’s a lot of fun for all age groups.  So join in the fun and let’s prove that we can come together in a positive light! All it takes is a small act of kindness each and every day to make the world a better place, and that’s something everyone will want to join in on!  Find us on Facebook and Instagram.  Spread the word about #RockyRiverRocks!

Tool receptacle for Habitat for Humanity

James Umerley

Dear Rocky River Residents, 

As a part of an Eagle Scout project, a tool receptacle for Habitat for Humanity is now available for donating old or unused tools. The tools will be picked up and taken to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity to help people in need. The receptacle is located next to the front desk in the Rocky River Recreation Civic Center and will be available year round. We encourage everyone to go through their garages and tool boxes to look for items that they haven't used in years, duplicates, and small handheld power tools. If you have larger tools at home, please call (216) 429-3631 and Habitat for Humanity will come to your door to pick up the tools for you. 

Thank you for all of your support and kindness with these donations that will help Clevelanders in need.

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