The most interesting note from this month’s actions in City Council is the complete and total absence of any votes on abatement, first time ever since I started tracking these issues last summer. Perhaps the hiatus has something to do with the hiring of the new Development Director. However, we did have a lot of proposed zoning changes, especially in neighborhoods where we obviously need more development.
The Port Authority also delivered a slick dog & pony show for Christopher Smitherman’s Economic Development Committee. As usual, their power point highlights work in neighborhoods that really need help like Bond Hill and Evanston, an emphasis on the ever-popular inclusion issues and of course, jobs, jobs, jobs – but also indicates growing ambitions on a regional level and a strategy to become the “most sought after development partner.” As a “public” agency that is not compelled to meet city government standards for transparency – and one without the benefit of elected representatives answerable to that “public,” how this very ambitious agency operates deserves more critical questions. Clearly the Port Authority is getting ready for something big. Thus the PR push. These issues involve huge taxpayer dollars and are therefore prone to favoritism and special interests when we let them happen where they cannot be seen.
MOTION, dated 11/14/2014 submitted by Councilmembers P.G. Sittenfeld, Wendell Young, Amy Murray, Chris Seelbach, Kevin Flynn, Charlie Winburn, Christopher Smitherman, Yvette Simpson, and Vice Mayor David Mann, WE MOVE that the Administration provide a report to Council setting forth the feasibility and financials of extending the CRA Commercial Tax Abatement Program extended benefits for LEED projects to other higher and more rigorous energy efficiency standard programs, including, but not limited to the Living Building Challenge and we move further that the Administration provide the report by January 13, 2014 (note: probably a typo, should read 2015)
PRESENTATION, submitted by Councilmember Christopher Smitherman on 11/12/2014 from Laura Brunner, President and CEO, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority entitled The Port Authority
PRESENTATION, dated 11/07/2014 submitted by Vice Mayor Mann from Jocelyn Gibson, City Planning presenting a power point presentation entitled Extension of IDC # 71 in the CUF Neighborhood.
PRESENTATION, dated 11/03/2014 submitted by Vice Mayor Mann from James Weaver, City Planning Department presenting a power point presentation entitled “Extension of IDC #75 Evanston King’s Village District.”
PRESENTATION, dated 11/03/2014 submitted by Vice Mayor Mann from Steve Briggs, City Planning Department presenting a power point presentation entitled Proposed Change in Zoning from SF-20 Single Family to SF-6 Single Family at 403, 415, 429, and 433 Sutton Road.”
PRESENTATION, dated 11/03/2014 submitted by Vice Mayor Mann from Justin Lamberello, City Planning Department presenting a power point presentation entitled Zone Change at 2209, 2223, 2225 Queen City Avenue from RM-2.0 to CC-A in South Fairmount.”
PRESENTATION, dated 06/18/2014 submitted by Councilmember Murray entitled Concept Design Ohio River Trail – Oasis Corridor From Carrel Street To Boathouse Cincinnati, Ohio.
ORDINANCE submitted by Harry Black, City Manager, on 10/29/2014, authorizing the City Manager to execute a Property Investment Reimbursement Agreement with Zipscene, LLC, in which the company commits to retain and create jobs and the City agrees to provide funding of up to $100,000 by making annual payments to the company over a 4-year period, with such annual payments limited to 45% of new income tax revenue generated from 47 new jobs.