Friday, April 19, 2013
The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission may approve plans for the proposed Portage Crossing project at its May 7 meeting.
Developer Stark Enterprises submitted its Portage Crossing major site plans to the Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission this week, bringing the much-anticipated retail center a little closer to breaking ground. Fred Guerra, the city's planning and zoning director, will begin studying the plans next week to ensure building design and landscaping plans, in particular, comply with city codes. Other design plans will be reviewed as well, like: lighting, parking, storm water runoff and engineering details. The application will be reviewed, and possibly approved, at the next planning commission meeting on May 7, said Guerra. If commission members give Stark the green light, site plans will then go before the Cuyahoga Falls City Council for …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Would it ruffle some feathers if your neighbors were allowed to raise a handful of hens in their backyard? Some are saying yes, others are all for it.
Cuyahoga Falls Planning and Zoning Director Fred Guerra said the city is entertaining the idea of allowing small hen farms in the city's more residential areas. Sometime this year, city officials will likely consider whether residents should have the ability to raise and keep three to four hens on their property, said Guerra. Read the original story posted by Patch here. Readers, who were for and against hen farming, started to chime in about the possibility. Advocates: Opponents: What are your thoughts? Are you for or against the possibilty of your neighbor or yourself owning chickens? What concerns do you have?
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Cuyahoga Falls Planning and Zoning Director Fred Guerra said the city is entertaining the idea of allowing small hen farms in the city's more residential areas.
Would it ruffle some feathers if your neighbors were allowed to raise a handful of hens in their backyard? Sometime this year, city officials will likely consider whether residents should have the ability to raise and keep three to four hens on their property, said Cuyahoga Falls Planning and Zoning Director Fred Guerra. According to city code, most residents are banned from keeping small hen farms. Those who are allowed live on larger tracts of land that fall under either national park or rural residential zoning. Guerra said restrictions would "probably" be loosened to offer the option of small-time hen farming in more residential areas of the city. He specified roosters would not be permitted, and said his department would consider …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission voted unanimously to keep the new windows that had been installed by Acme developers without the city's knowledge.
The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission came away pleased following Tuesday's walkthrough of the Acme Fresh Market #10 construction site. The tour, and subsequent meeting that proceeded it, were held, in part, to get a look at and determine the fate of glass block windows that had been installed across the east side of the new building. Plans submitted by Acme had called for plate-glass windows and awnings versus glass blocks, and the city wasn't notified of the design change, which drew the ire of several commission members. However, after seeing the changes, the commission voted 6-0 to keep the newly installed windows, which will become an integral part of an artistic concept approved by Steve Albrecht, owner of Acme's parent company …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission will tour the Acme construction site Tuesday after learning the grocery chain had executed major design changes without notifying the city.
The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission will take a look around the new Acme Fresh Market #10 to ensure the grocery chain is abiding by its construction plan that was submitted to and approved by commission members. The tour was scheduled after Acme recently completed a major design change without notifying the city, reports the Falls News Press. The change included installing rows of glass blocks in place of plate-glass windows and awnings that were going to face State Road. According to Cuyahoga Falls Planning and Zoning Director Fred Guerra, Acme said the glass blocks were chosen for artistic reasons and are intended to complement a sculpture that will be hung on the east side of the building. An Acme representative will guide the …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It appears there's been a miscommunication between owner Vince Bowen and the Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission over future plans for the car repair/tow business.
The proposed Joe's Auto development plan might be taking a detour. Earlier this week, the Stow Sentry reported Vince Bowen, owner of Joe's Auto, intended to move his car repair and tow business to 488 E. Steels Corners Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls from its existing location at 3679 Darrow Rd. in Stow. Planning and Zoning Director Fred Guerra and the Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission were under the same impression as Bowen's plan called for a new 2,800-square-foot building and 11,000-square-foot impound lot at the 1.813-acre Falls site. The Steels Corners parcel, zoned E-1 Employment, appeared to be the ideal site as it allows for auto repair, and can include the use of a tow/impound lot after a conditional zoning permit has been issued. At its …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Stow car repair and towing shop will likely pick up and move to Cuyahoga Falls to expand its business.
Customers of Joe’s Auto in Stow may soon have to drive a little farther for car maintenance and service, reports the Stow Sentry. Vincent Bowen – owner of the repair and towing business located at 3679 Darrow Rd. – approached the Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission on Nov. 6 and requested a zoning certificate to build a 2,800-square-foot building and 11,000-square-foot impound lot at 488 E. Steels Corners Rd. in the Falls. The parcel is zoned E-1 Employment, which permits auto repair and tow/impound lots after a conditional zoning permit has been issued. The commission unanimously approved the request for Joe’s to move onto the 1.813-acre parcel. The plan will now go in front of Cuyahoga Falls City Council for final approval. "...I'm all …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
George Albanna, of Prestige Auto Group, intends to purchase the property from Rick Case and convert it into a used car lot. Neighbors would prefer the property remain empty.
If all goes as planned, a used car lot will breathe some new life into the dilapidated and dormant Rick Case Honda property. On Tuesday, Prestige Auto Group approached the Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission and requested a conditional use zoning certificate to operate an auto sales and service business at 1559 State Rd. The commission approved the measure 7-0, but not before several residents stood to vent their frustrations over the car lot, which has been in and out of business over the last 40 years in their neighborhood. Their gripes ranged from potential eyesores created by broken down cars, to noise created by car repairs, to outdoor lighting, to overflow parking issues, to pedestrian aafety and so on. Here's what they had to say: …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Due to unforeseen complications, the Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission and Portage Crossing developer Bob Stark have asked for more time to address zoning issues.
To the dismay of eager consumers, construction of the much-anticipated Portage Crossing development will be pushed back to some time this fall. The original plan called for Stark Enterprises to purchase the necessary 29 acres of State Road property by July 31, but that deadline has been pushed back to Oct. 31 to address a proposed zoning change brought forth by the developer and the Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission, according to the city's planning and zoning director Fred Guerra. Sue Truby, the city's development director, asked City Council on July 30 for the deadline extension and the measure passed 9-1. Ken Barnhart was absent from the meeting and Carol Klinger cast the dissenting vote, according to council clerk Cathy Meacham. …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
City planners voted unanimously to approve plans for the new, $8 million grocery store on State Road.