After celebrating its Centennial in 2019, the City of Garfield Heights updated its Master Plan to guide the future of land use, transportation, economic development, and other key community topics through the next decade.

Garfield Heights Master Plan

Cover of the Garfield Heights Master PlanThe Garfield Heights Master Plan was adopted by Garfield Heights City Council on October 24, 2022.

Over the past 100 years, Garfield Heights has grown from a small farming community into a bustling first-ring suburb of over 27,000 residents. The Master Plan process provided an opportunity for residents, local businesses, civic leaders, community organizations, and other interested stakeholders to discuss assets, issues, and opportunities found within Garfield Heights, and how the community can come together to create a holistic vision for the City’s future. Specific issues that were investigated included transportation and infrastructure, land use and zoning, housing, connectivity, and more.

Meeting Materials

Garfield Heights City Council meeting (July 12, 2021)

Public Meeting #1 (July 26, 2021)

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Public Meeting #2 (May 25, 2022)

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Public Meeting #3 (July 27, 2022)

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Planning Process

The Garfield Heights Master Plan consisted of a five-phase process culminating in a complete Master Plan document.

Current Conditions
The Current Conditions phase involved collecting data on demographics, land use, and transportation and was used as a baseline for understanding the community and how it compares locally, regionally, and nationally.

Community Vision
In the Community Vision phase, County Planning facilitated the articulation of a vision for how the City of Garfield Heights would like to grow and change in the next decade based on input from residents, businesses, and community leaders.

Goals and Actions
The Goals and Actions phase outlined the steps necessary to achieve the community’s desired future.

The Implementation phase built on the goals and actions steps from the previous phase to outline strategies, partners, responsibilities, and priorities for undertaking actions.

Master Plan Document
In the final phase, County Planning combined all the previous phases into a completed Master Plan document

Public Engagement

This is the community’s Master Plan. Public input was collected throughout the planning process, including at three public engagement opportunities. Additionally, Garfield Heights residents, business owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders, were engaged through focused outreach to help identify and develop the objectives and recommendations of the Plan. The engagement models throughout the Master Plan followed an evolving path of diverse formats that best met the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Us

Questions or comments about the Garfield Heights Master Plan update should be directed to:

Rachel Novak, AICP
Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission


Micah Stryker, AICP
Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission