"Mixed-use" means retail/commercial/office/residential buildings are allowed and required to be on the same property.
"Overlay" means the current zoning can remain in addition to the new zoning.
"Mixed-use overlay" zoning is
NEW for our City.
This will change the character of Pepper Pike FOREVER and set a dangerous precedent for future developments.
Axiom was proposing Beech Brook, New Directions and Parker/Passov properties become the new "Willey Creek Mixed-Use Overlay District," a high density area with increased traffic and congestion near our schools and Lander Circle.
U-2 is Public Buildings: Public or private day schools, churches, libraries, club houses, community centers, parish houses, a city hall or municipal departments.
Currently, Beech Brook (68 acres) and New Directions (4 acres)
are a zoning classification called U-2.
The U-2 zoning classification is in the process of being updated (Ordinance 2020-25) by the Planning Commission and City Council. A new chapter (1275) will also be added with regulations concerning site plan submissions.
Residents can contact city officials with their comments, concerns or questions. Ask officials to change the zoning code to PROHIBIT MIXED-USE.
U-3 is Office Buildings: Professional, governmental, public, administrative, sales and banking offices.
Currently, Parker/Passov (2 acres) is a zoning classification called U-3.
U-1 can be single-family dwellings, public parks, grounds for games or sports, farming and non-commercial greenhouses.
Most of our homes on one-acre lots are built in a zoning classification called
The land Beech Brook sits on was donated in 1917 by the Wade Family for an orphanage.
Now Beech Brook wants to
sell the land.
The issue is not selling the land (Beech Brook can do this without changing the current zoning) but they want to rezone it to make more money $$$.
Remember, Beech Brook received this land in 1917 as a gift
to help orphaned children.
Is developing this land right next to our schools detrimental to our children? We can help conserve this land or change it to U-1 where public parks and single family homes on one acre lots
can be built.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) is a non-profit organization that works to help communities preserve their green space/land.
WRLC was and is open to preserving the entire Beech Brook property but previously could not legally proceed because of Beech Brook's pending contract with Axiom. That contract was terminated by Axiom on Sept 25, 2020. WRLC had been in talks with Axiom to preserve the land required by law: the "Willey Creek Riparian Corridor," (riparian means the land on either side of Willey Creek). The developer may have want you to believe he was preserving some of this land out of the goodness of his heart but he has to by law and he was passing the maintenance cost to WRLC.
WRLC could help preserve the whole area.
U-1 (White) = Single Family Dwellings
U-2 (Green) = Public Buildings (Public or private day schools, churches, libraries, club houses, community centers, parish houses, or a city hall)
Current zoning of Beech Brook/Willey Creek
Pink = Planned Development (Sterling Lakes)
Purple = Townhouse District (LUXE/Edgewood Trace)