glaserworks acquired first-hand knowledge of the inadequacies of conventional zoning codes, and street & subdivision regulations, during our master planning and urban design work on Cincinnati’s City West project.
Even though this urban infill project was adjacent to downtown Cincinnati, the regulations which governed the development of the land required any new development to be suburban in scale and character. Our desire – and the desire of the property owners, our developer client and the residents and businesses of the neighborhood – was to create a traditional, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Unfortunately the city’s codes, which were written in the 1970’s and 1980’s, did not permit such development.
The city’s regulations required wide streets, overly abundant room for utility easements, inappropriately large zoning setbacks and little accommodation for pedestrians and bicyclists. Most city staffers realized these conventional development regulations were inhibiting the creation of the types of urbanity that residents and business seek. Nevertheless, Cincinnati’s regulations forced a burdensome approval process of that which should have been readily permitted.