The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council (HPNC) meets monthly, on every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, usually in the Commons Room of Knox Presbyterian Church.  All meetings are open to the public. Meeting agenda and minutes are published here on the site.


Christmas Tree Lighting on Hyde Park Square, Saturday, Nov 24 at 6pm

Santa arrives on his trusty fire-truck-steed at 6pm for lighting celebration

Wasson Way Phase 2 Funding Approved

panorama of ribbon cutting event

image courtesy of Gytis Matulaitis, licensed as CC BY-NC-ND

Funding for Wasson Way Phase 2 accross I-71 using the existing railroad bridge to Evanston and Norwood is in hand, and construction will start soon.  Note the first phase of the Wasson Way bike trail opened on July 28th.  Opening of phase one of the Wasson Way was celebrated by a large crowd and music, prizes, speeches, special Busken WW cookies, Coffee Emporium coffee, and LaRosa's pizza.  Phase 1 extends from Madison Road west to the approach of the Bridge accross I-71.  

For more information visit: Wasson Way website / Ribbon cutting event page on Facebook / Wasson Way Facebook page

Interim Development Control District Number 81
for Hyde Park and Mount Lookout

A city-wide neighborhoods review meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 28, at Two Centennial Plaza, 805 Central Avenue, 7th floor, Griesel Room A and B, Cincinnati OH 45202.  The review meeting is to gather comments on how the new Subdivision Rules and Regulations will impact lot splits in each neighborhood.  The latest DRAFT Subdivision Rules and Regulations are attached (click on the read further link below)

10/31, Cincinnati City Council voted to restore the original provisions of IDC81.   Remember that on Sept 8, council had extended the IDC in a very limited way to only require planning commission review for projects building on vacant land.  With Wednesday's vote, the original provisions of the IDC are brought back.  Those provisions require review by Cincinnati Planning Commission of demolitions and lot splits in Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park thru the term of the IDC,  now expected to end on Dec 8.  After that, the governing legislation returns to the original zoning code.

Still on track for issue by year end is the rewrite of the city's subdivision regulations.  A meeting to invite public comment to the subdivision rules rewrite is tentatively scheduled for Nov 28.  Details later.

earlier activity:  At the September 6, 2018 Cincinnati City Council meeting, council voted to table legislation allowing the creation of Neighborhood Conservation Districts.  The original IDC81 also expires on Sept 6.  Its charge was to create rules that govern the demolition and replacement of housing (on the same lot).  The IDC81 working group created rules governing replacement structures that were contained in the Neighborhood Conservation District (legislation now tabled).  It would appear with the tabling of the NCD's, rules governing replacement structures are simply the underlying zoning code.  This also suggests that there is no change from the setup before the IDC81 was created, excepts that all lot splits must be reviewed by the planning commission.

City Council also extended IDC81 in a limited way IDC81 for 3 months.  The limited extension of 3 months was only requested to allow time to create rules for "new" housing constucted on vacant lots (both long term vacant, and new vacant lots created by lot splitting).  What they said in council today, was that the IDC81 extension was to allow time to finish the update of the city's lot splitting regulations (draft legislation already completed, and out for comment by the numerous affected agencies).
Also mentioned in council that if the NCD legislation returns to the agenda, it needs to apply city wide (and that requirement was outside the charge of the IDC81 working group.  My understanding of the limited IDC81 is to allow time to create rules for housing to be built on vacant lots (however they came to be vacant).  The original IDC81 created rules for demolition and replacement structures on the same lot.
So at best, you could say, its is back to the drawing board, and frequent meetings of the IDC working group.  At worst, you might suspect NCD;s are dead.  I did not know there was organized opposition to the NCD's until this afternoon, when the realtor organization (who were a voting member of IDC working group) showed up in council, and announced their opposition of the NCD's...

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Redevelopment along Madison Road

Capital Investment Group, a local-to-Cincinnati development firm, is proposing to redevelop the old Pig and Whistle/Larosas and adjacent properties near 2680 Madison Road.  The redevelopment area is bounded by Madison Road on the south, Besuden Court on the west, Wasson Way and Rookwood Commons on the north.

The proposed redevelopment will demolish existing structures at 2654, 2658, 2680, 2682 (LaRosa’s) Madison Road; 3636, 3640, 3646, 3648 Besuden Court and construct a new six story multi-use building and parking garage.  Besuden properties are zoned single family residential (SF-6).  The Madison Road properties are zoned Community Commercial Automobile-oriented (CC-A).  CIG is proposing a Planned Development district zone change to allow the mixed-use development.

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Parking Meter rates to increase Aug 1, 2018

Hyde Park Square rates to be $1.25 per hour

CINCINNATI – In Hyde Park, parking meter rates to increase to $1.25 per hour on August 1, 2018.  In addition to the higher rates, meters will start operating an hour earlier at 8 am, and keep collecting until 9pm in the evening.  This makes an extra 4 hours of meter time per day.  This is the second increase in Hyde Park rates since 2010.  The change effects the City’s smart meters and multi-space kiosks, which comprise the majority of metered spaces. The remaining older, coin-operated Duncan meters will also be updated.  Note that increased rates were enacted to help balance the city's 2018 budget.  

“As we start to see growth in commercial activity, adjusting rates allows us to manage parking supply and cut down time spent searching for a parking spot, thereby cutting down on traffic and congestion,” said Oscar Bedolla, director of the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development, which houses the Parking Division. “In turn, more customers get through the doors of our local businesses.”

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HPNC Accepting Applications for Board of Trustees

If you would like to actively serve your community, consider joining the HPNC Board of Trustees.  There will be at least one open seat when currrent terms expire in May. 

Applicants must either live, own property,  or own/operate a business in Hyde Park.  A board term is 3 years.

To apply, complete the Candidate Fact Sheet and email it to the address on the form, or print it out and mail it to HPNC, PO Box 8064, Cincinnati OH 45208.

How To Protect Your Ash Tree

The city will allow you to treat your ash tree protecting it from the Emerald Ash Borer after obtaining a free Street Tree Work permit thereby taking it off the removal list.

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Citizen on Patrol Program (COPP)

Please join our neighborhood patrol. Learn more here!

Officer Princes Davis
Cincinnati Police Department
Police Volunteer Programs Coordinator

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