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WE LOVED MEETING WITH YOU
February Meeting minutes • March / April News

We are grateful for everyone who was able to join us for the February Community Council Meeting. If you missed it, mark your calendar for the next one, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., held virtually on GoogleMeet.

Until then,
catch up on the March / April newsletter, headed to mailboxes soon!
Okay, but really...WHY a Neighborhood Plan?
You keep asking. We answer. 
A Neighborhood Plan is a formal document that records the goals and visions that the residents have for the neighborhood. 
  • Creates and confirms neighborhood identity, goals, and vision  
  • Helps guide policy decisions that impact the neighborhood  
  • Helps guide development and investment decisions  
  • Used as a tool for community investment projects  
  • Demonstrates to City leaders that the neighborhood is united 
Here are a few examples in which a Neighborhood Plan can be valuable:
  1. A developer has plans for a site in Kennedy Heights. The development will increase vehicular traffic, includes bright flashing signs, and aims for a liquor license. If the Neighborhood Plan has clearly stated parameters around pedestrian safety, an ideal quantity of liquor-licensed institutions, and expectations for electronic signage, those parameters can be shown to the City of Cincinnati. Because it is a formal document showing neighborhood-wide agreement, it will have greater influence over whether or not the development happens.   
  2. A resident wants to convert a vacant lot into a community space. The Neighborhood Plan can not only indicate whether or not the resident’s plans align with the visions of their neighbors, but it can provide basic information to guide the resident in achieving their plans: who to reach out to, how to communicate their ideas with residents, etc.
  3. Another developer has plans for a site, but is short on the funds to purchase the full property. If the plans align with the Neighborhood Plan, the developer and the Community Council and the Development Corp can make a stronger case as to why the project should receive additional funding from the City or other grants, and make it more likely to move forward.
There is still plenty of time to get involved in this process. Working Groups are just now beginning to meet to shape the goals, strategies, and actions steps for the plan. To learn more, email mary@kennedyheights.org or visit our Planning Website: www.cincinnati-oh.gov/khplan
DRIVE-THRU DAY OF ACTION (and cookies)
Neighborhood Plan, Voter Registration, Candidate Connection
Saturday, March 6
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center | 6546 Montgomery Rd
 
  • Get Neighborhood Plan questions answered in person.
  • Register to vote in time for the Mayoral Primary in May.
  • Meet Candidates for Cincinnati City Council.
  • Donate househood goods to The Caring Place—individual hand sanitzers are a great need!
  • Mingle with neighbors outdoors and with masks. 
  • You can also purchase Girl Scout Cookies from a local Troop by heading over to the Annex, where they will be hosting a separate drive-thru cookie sale!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Other important neighborhood news
CINCINNATI AIKIDO
Aikido is a Japanese Martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba that emphasizes a non-aggressive approach to defense. Cincinnati Aikido holds classes in the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Annex.

Class attendance is obtained through membership, and discounts are provided for additional family members, military personnel, and for payment using auto-draft. 

Over 20 classes are offered each week with each class lasting about one hour. Learn more at https://aikidocincy.org/

NOW HIRING
In God’s Hands, a local daycare provider, is building a TEAM. Looking for Teachers, Cook, Teacher Assistants, Assistant Director. Eager to work with individuals with a passion to work with children and families.
Email resumes to: ingodshandshr@gmail.com
3808 Zinsle Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45213
513-792-0905
**Step up To Quality Youth Center**

 
PLEASANT RIDGE REC CENTER
Open Pickleball

Monday – Friday
9:30am – 11:30am
*Call 731-7894 to make reservation
 
After School Program

$190.00/month
Monday – Friday
2:30pm – 6:00pm
*Register here
*program includes arts and crafts, group games, sports, homework help
*masks are required

Open Pottery Studio
Monday – Friday
3:30pm – 6:30pm
Glazes, clay and firing are not included
*must have pottery experience
*masks are required
$50.00/month

THE CARING PLACE
Drive-thru service continues every Tuesday and Thursday 9am-2pm. We continue to distribute masks and hand sanitizer. 
 
For volunteer opportunities, please call (513) 841-1499 or email caringplc@yahoo.com or comment/message on our Facebook page Caring Place-Kennedy Heights.
ACT WITH CUFA
Fair Sewer Rates

CUFA and allies have launched a Fair Sewer Rates Coalition to fight for and win fair, equitable sewer rates. They are striving to use collective power to influence the Hamilton County Commissioners, as the rate-setting authority for MSD, to: 

  • Restructure our rates to more accurately reflect each users burden on our sewer system; and
  • Ensure everyone pays their fair share for fixing the sewers. 
LEARN MORE
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