Rezoning Initiative Information

All Mt. Lookout residents should have received a letter discussing the potential Rezoning of Mount Lookout and the meetings to discuss that process. This potential rezoning initiative is being driven by the City of Cincinnati at the request of neighbors like you that have expressed concern over housing development that is not consistent with the integrity of our Mt. Lookout Community. Other neighborhoods, such as Hyde Park, are going through a similar zoning review process. Residents concerned with the lack of controls around new development afforded by the current zoning laws have attended many City Council meetings on this topic, and have requested that the City work with our neighborhoods to implement more appropriate zoning standards.

Rezoning Meetings

Rezoning meetings will be held on 11/18 and 11/20 at Christ The King Parish Center at 6:30pm. 

Who to contact for questions

Please send feedback (support or not) to Mike Hurst/Trent Douthett - MLCC zoning reps   zoning@mtlookout.org

Margaret Wuerstle - Department of City Planning    margaret.wuerstle@cincinnati-oh.gov
City Council emails (Jeff Berding/Leslie Ghiz) - link to City Council email address page

City Zoning code -
link to Municipal Code (if you get an error - hit F5 and then scroll down the left column until you find Title XIV)

Objectives of the Meeting

  • Generate awareness of the rezoning effort

  • Review City zoning assessment results 

  • Understand implications of rezoning on our property values, flexibility in land use, tax implications 

  • Collect some feedback / input from the Mt. Lookout residents on rezoning concerns and preferences to be provided to the City

Specific Discussion Topics

  • Currently there are a number of lots in Mt. Lookout and other neighborhoods that can be subdivided and developed. The community has seen examples of new houses being "stacked" one in front of the other, or "squeezed in" side by side. What would new zoning do to prevent this?  ANSWER - New zoning designations could prevent this situation on a lot if the lot is too small to be split into two lots under the new zoning designation.

  • What are the mechanics of rezoning? What does rezoning a lot from SF-6 to SF-10, or SF-10 to SF-20 mean to me?  ANSWER - Rezoning may have different ramifications for different parcels. For specific information regarding your property, please contact the City.

  • What are the benefits of implementing revised zoning?  ANSWER - The revised zoning is intended to preserve the existing character of Mt. Lookout.

  • What are the drawbacks, or side effects of rezoning my property?  ANSWER - Rezoning can affect setback requirements and can result in the creation of nonconforming structures on your property. Generally, a zoning change will permit a newly-nonconforming structure to remain on the property. For specific information regarding your property, please contact the City.

  • What do I need to do as a resident to provide feedback on this process and any proposed rezoning?  ANSWER - You can email the Mount Lookout Community Council at zoning@mtlookout.org, and we will pass along your comments to the City. Alternatively, you can email City Council Members Jeff Berding or Leslie Ghiz at the link shown above.

Maps of proposed zoning changes

This map shows those parcels eligible for rezoning from SF-6 to SF-10.
SF-6 to SF-10 eligible

This map shows those parcels proposed for rezoning from SF-6 to SF-10, regardless of whether those parcels are eligible for rezoning to SF-10.
SF-6 to SF-10 proposed

This map shows those parcels eligible for rezoning from SF-10 to SF-20.
SF-10 to SF-20 eligible

This map shows those parcels proposed for rezoning from SF-10 to SF-20, regardless of whether those parcels are eligible for rezoning to SF-20.
SF-10 to SF-20 proposed

NOTE: Mount Lookout Community Council does not provide legal or tax advice.

 

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