Richmond Heights is a  “City with a Forward Look.”  As the city prepares to celebrate its centennial, it is also re-imagining itself.  Facilitated by County Planning, the Richmond Heights Master Plan focuses on Richmond Heights’ future as a welcoming city with healthy environments and beautiful landscapes, connected by public transit and active walkable streets, strong vibrant neighborhoods, and robust mixed-use developments.

cover of the Richmond Heights Master PlanThe Richmond Heights Master Plan was adopted by City Council on October 9, 2018.

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Steering Committee meeting

In 2016, the City of Richmond Heights received a grant from the Cuyahoga County Department of Development to update its 2007 Master Plan.  County Planning began the master planning process in late summer, gathering input and direction from city officials, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to re-imagine Richmond Heights and develop a guide for its future over the next five to ten years.

The City of Richmond Heights Master Plan was constructed over the course of a year. The Master Plan included five phases.

Phase 1: Introduction – Planning 101: Why We Plan

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Public meeting participants

The County Planning master plan process encourages constant conversation, input, feedback, and engagement from city officials, residents, corporations, business owners, and community stakeholders at all levels. The Planning 101: Why We Plan component seeks to introduce and inform participants about the process, and the importance of their role in the process.

Current Conditions

The Current Conditions phase involves accumulating and analyzing baseline data such as population changes, ethnicity, housing, employment, income, transportation, community assets, land use, and environmental features to understand Richmond Heights now.

Phase 2: Community Vision

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Map of potential future land use

The Community Vision phase outlines the major topic areas for the Master Plan such as community assets—focal points for the community, and vision statements—broad themes and descriptions of how the community would like to look and function in five to ten years. The vision statements also describe the City’s desired future.

Phase 3: Policy Development

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Greenwood Farm

The Policy Development phase proposes action steps to help the community reach its desired future. Action steps specifically address issues, concerns, and desires identified in project team, steering committee, stakeholder and public meetings, as well as those identified in the Current Conditions and Community Vision analyses.

Phase 4: Implementation

The Implementation phase addresses how to accomplish specific goals and actions. This includes identifying responsible parties, timelines, and priorities.

Phase 5: Final Plan

The final draft of the Richmond Heights Master Plan was presented to a joint session of the Richmond Heights City Council and Planning Commission on February 21, 2018.