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

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 will provide 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 will be investigated will include transportation and infrastructure, land use and zoning, housing, connectivity, and more.

Draft Documents

Meeting Materials

Public Meeting #3 (July 27, 2022)

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Public Meeting #2 (May 25, 2022)

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Public Meeting #1 (July 26, 2021)

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Garfield Heights City Council meeting (July 12, 2021)

Planning Process

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

Current Conditions
The Current Conditions phase involves collecting data on demographics, land use, and transportation to be 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 will facilitate 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 will outline the steps necessary to achieve the community’s desired future.

The Implementation phase builds 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 will combine all the previous phases into a completed Master Plan document

Public Engagement

This is the community’s Master Plan. Public input will be collected throughout the planning process, including at three scheduled public engagement opportunities. Additionally, Garfield Heights residents, business owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders, will be engaged through focused outreach to help identify and develop the objectives and recommendations of the Plan. The engagement models throughout the Master Plan will be an evolving path of diverse formats to best meet 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