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DRIVE-THRU DAY OF ACTION (and cookies)
A Neighborhood Plan is no good until we hear from the Neighborhood!
We are slowing down our planning process to take time for more input from our community. With the weather improving, we hope to have more outdoor events to get together in person and hear directly from you.
 
Saturday, March 6
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center | 6546 Montgomery Rd

 

Community members & Neighborhood Plan Leaders will be stationed along the driveway of the Kennedy Heights Art Center to provide more information on the Neighborhood Plan & answer your questions in person! Foot traffic is welcome. Please wear a mask & practice social distancing.
  • Register to Vote in time for the Mayoral Primary in May
  • Meet City Council candidates who are ready to learn about our concerns
  • Donate to The Caring Place—individual hand sanitizers are the greatest need
  • View the outdoor exhibit "SOS ART Retrospective" and receive free art activities from Kennedy Heights Arts Center
  • Free coffee, hot cocoa, and snacks thanks to generous neighbors and Community Happens Here
  • You can also purchase Girl Scout Cookies from a local Troop by heading over to the Arts Annex, where they will be hosting a separate drive-thru cookie sale! 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Other important neighborhood news
AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON THE BALLOT
Enough signatures were gathered to put a Charter Amendment on the May 4 ballot (another reason to make sure you are registered to vote). The full amendment language can be read here

If approved, it would require an initial $50 million invested into an affordable housing trust every year beginning FY22. That sum would be adjusted annually to reflect inflation. The proposed charter amendment says the money could come from the city's general fund, a developer's fee, or an income tax on stock options, and other suggested possibilties.

  • Many elected officials do not believe the majority of the proposed funding options are feasible, and express concern that the $50 million would come entirely out of essential services.
  • Supporters of the amendment see it as a solution to the ongoing lack of prioritization from the City in funding the already existing fundt.  

City Council has recently voted to change the wording on the ballot, and there is speculation that parties may sue over these changes. Stay tuned, and get ready to vote in May. 


LANDSMAN'S BALANCED DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES ANALYSIS VS. THE PEASLEE CENTER EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT RUBRIC
Councilmember Greg Landsman has been developing a tool that is being called the Balanced Development Priorities Analysis. He has sought input from Community Councils through Invest in Neighborhoods, and has taken ideas from an Equitable Development Rubric that has been long in the works by the Peaslee Center. 

The key differences seem to be:
  • Landsman's Analysis will be given to developers at the start of any conversation regarding potential support from the city. It will help bring clarity for developers, the Administration, and the public as collective priorities when it comes to new projects, prioritizing projects with affordable rents, commitments and plans to hire locally and pay livable wages, the inclusion of local and minority businesses, real community engagement and anti-displacement efforts.a set of recommendations and aspirations. 
  • The Peaslee Rubric, however, takes those collective priorities, and creates a scorecard. The scorecard focuses on jobs and labor, community input, community impact, and affordable housing, and a few extra items. It proposes a minimum score requirement for any development to be approved, and sets accountability metrics that must be met throughout the lifespan of a project. 
Some believe that Landsman's proposal is an important first step towards better development. Others wonder why he isn't just advocating for the Peaslee Rubric. 

Landsman's Analysis has been debated, is still being revised, and will be up for a vote on March 8th and March 10th. Please reach out to learn more or express your feelings about the matter. Contact Greg Landsman. 


BUDGETS ARE COMING
The City faces another deficit, and budget talks are happening. We will try to keep you updated and advocate for the needs of the neighborhood, but these things sometimes move quickly. 

Speed bumps, stop signs, speed limit signs, and other traffic calming tactics are often brought up in Council meetings. These all come from the Street Calming budget line item, which has not received any funding for the last three years. If this is important to you, please reach out to City Council and let them know you want to see this funded. 

If you have any other things you want to see funded, feel free to reach out to your elected officials or email board@kennedyheights.org to make your concerns and hopes known. 
FEBRUARY MEETING MINUTES
March / April News

February meeting minutes are now available!

Mark your calendar for the next virtual meeting, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., held on GoogleMeet.

Until then,
catch up on the March / April newsletter!
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. 
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