As North Ridgeville civic leaders look to the future, they’re inviting those who have a vested interest in the city to share their vision of what it can become. Steps are being taken to draft a new master plan that will guide a host of actions including updates to land use regulations and increased economic development efforts.
“The last time the plan was updated was 2009,” says Kim Lieber, North Ridgeville’s director of planning and development. “So many aspects of our lives changed since then. Now is clearly the time to focus on new initiatives.”
A diverse, resident-led steering committee was formed last fall to guide the process, known as Ridgeville Ready, followed by in-person and virtual community meetings to gather ideas from residents, as well as those owning property and businesses in the city.
To date, popular topics for consideration include the desire to attract new retail businesses and restaurants to North Ridgeville, a focus on new employment centers to provide a stronger tax base and the creation of a vibrant town center.
“I am very encouraged by the community interest we’ve seen and the participation at our Ridgeville Ready events over the course of the master planning process,” says Mayor Kevin Corcoran. “The level of involvement has shown how invested our residents are in ensuring a positive future for our city.”