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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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Rocky River Update for July 3, 2019

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River wishes you a safe and happy July 4th holiday. A reminder: refuse will not be collected on Thursday this week and collections will be made on Friday and Saturday. The Transfer Station will also be open on Friday (8 AM to 2:30 PM) and on Saturday (8 AM to noon).

CITY OF ROCKY RIVER UPDATE
WEEK OF JULY 8TH

HILLIARD BOULEVARD PAVING PROJECT

Hilliard Boulevard paving and road construction will begin Monday, July 8th as weather allows. Hilliard will be paved from Westmoor to the corporation line at Westlake. Paving has been divided into 2 phases. Phase I paves Westmoor to River Oaks will be completed in 2019 and Phase 2 paves River Oaks to the corporation line in 2020. If weather and the construction schedule allows, the City and contractor will consider paving the entire length (Westmoor to corporation line) this year.

THE WEEK OF JULY 8TH, large milling machines will begin removing asphalt – one lane at a time – until all lanes have been milled in Phase 1 (Westmoor to River Oaks). Then, intermediate asphalt will be installed – one lane of travel at a time. NO PARKING WILL BE ALLOWED ON HILLIARD DURING CONSTRUCTION. Also, parking on side streets adjacent to Hilliard will need to stay at least 20’ back from Hilliard as some construction work will be occurring in the side street area (at crossing ramps), for milling and also for paving purposes.

The intermediate layer of asphalt will protect the street during road repairs; however, manholes, catch basins and various street valves will be exposed. Road repairs will require one lane in each direction is used as a construction zone. At all times, one lane of traffic will be maintained on each side of the street: one for eastbound traffic and one lane of traffic will be maintained for westbound traffic. Once the road repairs are completed in one lane of travel – the work zone will shift. Road repairs will be made through the intermediate asphalt course including curb repairs where necessary and replacement of sidewalk crossing ramps required to meet compliance measures. Once all road, curb and crossing ramp work is complete – the final asphalt will be installed followed by road markings.

Please note that areas in the median, accessed for turn-through, will remain open as much as possible but may be closed for short periods during repair and paving work – the contractor will always have another, nearby turn-through section open and available for access.

At the end of the project, the City will be installing stamped-concrete crosswalks at the Hilliard / Wagar intersection and at the crosswalk near Wildflower and the outdoor pool. Thank you for your patience during this important improvement project and for driving carefully in our construction zones.


WOOSTER ROAD PAVING PROJECT

Final asphalt is scheduled to begin installation the week of July 8th as weather allows. Large paving machines will be installing the final layer of asphalt on Wooster during next week as weather allows. Work is being scheduled for installation of stamped concrete at the north end of Wooster to accommodate improved tree boxes. Once all final asphalt is applied – then street markings will be installed. Included in the Wooster lane marking installations will be new street markings on Detroit where last year’s markings faded.

PLEASE use caution on Wooster Road during repair work which require lane restrictions and construction work in and near intersections (especially the intersection at Hilliard Boulevard). Thank you for your kind patience and careful attention while driving on Wooster Road.

PAVING
Other paving projects: for late summer of 2019 are: Dale, Beach Cliff (Frazier to Wooster), Sunnyhill, Riverwood, Laurel, Purnell, and Harwich. Street repairs will be made on Kingsbury, Addington and Kingsmill Run.

WATER LINE WORK - PREVIEW
This summer, water main replacement engineering will begin on Struhar and Shoreland. The Cleveland Division of Water will fund these projects; however, the City will bid the work and assign a contractor. The City of Rocky River will also inspect and manage the project.

Images of construction progression will be posted on the City’s twitter account: @CityofRockyRiv1

Sewer Billing

James Umerley

 

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated June 1, 2019 to Rocky River property owners.  Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.

The June sewer bill has two components: 

1) The annual adjustment, if necessary, based on actual water consumption in the 12 month period March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. 

 Water consumption can vary greatly due to weather, household factors, conservation efforts, accuracy of metering equipment as well as other factors.  You may contact the Division of Water, City of Cleveland with questions at (216) 664-2444.  A portal is also available to view consumption and account information at https://my.clevelandwater.com/

 2) An estimate of sewer charges for the first quarter (March thru May 2019) of the next yearly cycle.

The quarterly estimates for the next yearly cycle are based on actual water consumption information received by the City of Rocky River from the Division of Water, City of Cleveland for the 12 month period March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. 

 Please note that this sanitary sewer bill is due on Sunday, June 30.  Since the billing due date falls on a weekend, the City will accept payments through the next business day without penalty.  Thank you!

Quarter

Bill Type

Period Covered

Bill Date

Payment Due

 

Annual Adjustment

March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

June 1, 2019

June 30, 2019

1st

Estimate

March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019

June 1, 2019

June 30, 2019

2nd

Estimate

June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019

September 1, 2019

September 30, 2019

3rd

Estimate

September 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

December 1, 2019

December 31, 2019

4th

Estimate

December 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020

March 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

 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.

Recreation Department is currently hiring Lifeguards

James Umerley

The Rocky River Recreation Department is currently hiring Lifeguards and Learn to Swim Instructors for Spring & Summer employment!

Applications are available online at www.rrcity.com/human-resources or at the Don Umerley Civic Center at 21016 Hilliard Blvd. The position pays $9.00 per hour.

Additionally, the Recreation Department is offering a lifeguard class starting May 28th through June 4th. Full reimbursement for the class is available depending on eligibility. Please register online or in person for the class.

Please call 440-895-2591 with further questions.

Bike to School 2019

James Umerley

Bike to School 2019 - Rocky River School District

Once again, the Rocky River City School District is participating in the Bike to School Challenge.

The Middle School challenge kicked off on Monday, May 6 and runs through Friday, May 24, 2019.

Kensington Intermediate School will participate from May 20 through May 24, 2019.

If you drive, please be aware that there will be more bicycle riders during school commute times, and with the nice weather season upon us more individuals will be riding bikes. Take the extra time to look for them, especially before turning right and driving through crosswalks. Watch for bicyclists when pulling onto a roadway from driveways, shopping centers, or other private property.

Bikes can operate on roadways or sidewalks in Rocky River. If a bicycle operator chooses to ride in the street, he or she must comply with all traffic laws, including riding with the flow of traffic, obeying traffic control devices and traffic lights, signaling intentions, and having proper lighting during restricted hours. If a bicycle rider chooses to ride on the sidewalk, he or she must comply with pedestrian traffic laws, like crossing at crosswalks and with traffic signals. Drivers of motor vehicles must stay at least three feet from bicycles when passing in the roadway.  It is strongly recommended that bicyclists always wear a helmet when riding. 

 

Spring Clean Up Leaf Collection

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River will collect leaves from the tree lawn for one week only. The week of May 6th leaf-trucks will collect leaves from the tree lawn. After May 10th leaves must be placed into grass bags for collection at the tree lawn until leaf season begins this fall. Grass, twigs and branches are always placed into grass bags. Large amounts of branches and twigs must be cut into 4' lengths and tied into a bundle for collection. Thank you for taking the time to assist the City in maintaining efficient yard waste collections.

The City will plan on an annual, 'spring clean up' the first full week of May. Don't forget to check the web site for hazardous waste collection dates. Thank you.

Library Trustee Vacancy

James Umerley

The Rocky River Board of Education has the duty to appoint trustees to the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees. There is one vacancy for the term of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2026 (seven years). For those who would like to be considered for the library board, Board of Education Member, Kathleen Goepfert, asks that a letter of qualification and a resume be sent to her attention at the Board of Education, 1101 Morewood Parkway, Rocky River, Ohio 44116, by close of business on Friday, May 31, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled to take place at the Rocky River Board of Education office.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

James Umerley

 

 

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

 

Residents can drop off old prescription drugs in the Police Department lobby

21012 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River

 

Rocky River residents can bring their solid prescription medicines to the lobby of the Police Department, where the prescription drug drop box is located, at any time, 24/7.  No information is required of the person dropping off the medicine. The police department cannot accept needles or liquids, but all other forms of prescription medications can be accepted. The department asks that labels on the bottles be removed or names of persons on the labels be marked out. If you have any questions, please contact the Rocky River Police Department at (440) 331-1234.

 

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

 

 

Construction Updates

Jane Reich

WOOSTER ROAD 
SEWER REPAIRS – PAVING PROJECT

Currently, repairs to the Wooster Road sewers are being completed between Riverview and Detroit Road. Once sewer repairs are completed, a paving project will begin from north of Scenic (near Heinen’s) to Center Ridge. First, the road will be milled (top layer ground off) and an intermediate layer of pavement will be installed to protect the sub-street. After the installation of the intermediate layer of asphalt – road repairs will be completed which will include improvements at sidewalk crossing ramps at side street intersections. Once all repairs and concrete work is complete, the final layer of asphalt will be applied with street markings to follow. The paving schedule depends on weather conditions and is anticipated to continue through the summer.

ERIEWOOD WATER LINE 
The water main line will be replaced on Eriewood. This work will require temporary water service lines being installed for each residence. Materials and equipment will be delivered and stored on the street including temporary water service. The temporary water service will not be used until testing by the City of Cleveland Division of Water is complete. The work is also weather dependent.

PAVING PREVIEW

The City of Rocky River with the cooperation of Cuyahoga County will pave Hilliard Boulevard (a county route) from Lakeview to River Oaks in 2019 and from River Oaks to the Westlake corporation line in 2020. Work is anticipated to begin in mid-summer and continue through this fall and then resume in spring, 2020.

City streets to be paved in 2019 are: Dale, Beach Cliff (Frazier to Wooster), Sunnyhill, Riverwood, Laurel, Purnell, and Harwich. Street repairs will be made on Kingsbury, Addington and Kingsmill Run.

Rocky River Ready Notify Update

James Umerley

The City of Rocky River uses the Ready Notify system to send alerts, updates and important information to our subscribers. This notification system is being upgraded by Cuyahoga County at no cost to the City. One of the system’s upgrades is improved weather event alerts. In order to ensure that you benefit from the upgrades and that there is no disruption of service, please re-register with the Ready Notify system. Please re-register by opening this link: Readynotify.us.

The County has also sent all subscribers Ready Notify messages to this effect. If you have questions for the County in this regard please call 216-443-5700 or send questions to readynotifysupport@cuyahogacounty.us.

Thank you for re-registering your current information for Ready Notify.

Quarterly Sanitary Sewer Bills

James Umerley

The City recently mailed the quarterly sanitary sewer bills dated March 1, 2019 to Rocky River property owners. Please watch for the arrival in your mailbox.

At this time of year, applications are being accepted for the 2019 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/. See more information on back.

Also, note that this sanitary sewer bill is due on Sunday, March 31. Since the billing due date falls on a weekend, the City will accept payments through the end of the next business day (April 1st) without penalty.

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

The annual billing cycle is as follows:

Quarter

Bill Type

Period Covered

Bill Date

Payment Due

 

Annual Adjustment

March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018

June 1, 2018

June 30, 2018

1st

Estimate

March 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018

June 1, 2018

June 30, 2018

2nd

Estimate

June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018

September 1, 2018

September 30, 2018

3rd

Estimate

September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

December 1, 2018

December 31, 2018

4th

Estimate

December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019

March 1, 2019

March 31, 2019

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.