Cleveland's Lakefront Plan:
The following update on Lakefront planning expands on a summary that appeared in the March 2004 EcoCity Digest
The City of Cleveland continues its public lakefront planning initiativethe first attempt at community consensus on shoreline design and development issues in more than 50 years. The city's study area includes eight miles of lakefront extending from Edgewater Park to Gordon Park. The planning process began in April 2002, and has proceeded through several rounds of well-attended public meetings, along with monthly meetings of a Lakefront Advisory Committee.
City planners have structured discussion around four major systems:
They've incorporated thousands of public comments and their consultants' recommendations, leading to a draft Waterfront District Plan that was approved in concept by the Cleveland Planning Commission last summer.
The City is now working to integrate these system ideas into four, holistic "small area plans." For each district they'll host a technical working group charette with key stakeholders, and weeks later will review those ideas and solicit new ones in an evening public meeting.
The City intends to finish the small area planning within four months, culminating in a June public meeting to review the overall plan. Discussions are also underway about models for implementing the plans, including a new waterfront development authority to coordinate project funding.
The Harborfront District
The Harborfront District includes the water's edge between the Cuyahoga River and the west end of Burke Lakefront Airport. The technical working group charrette took place on February 17, and will be followed by a public meeting in late March.
Key assumptions include:
The Edgewater/ Old River Channel District
The Edgewater/ Old River Channel District encompasses the area from Edgewater Park's west boundary to the Cuyahoga River, including Whiskey Island.
The Kirtland Quay/ Gordon Park District
The Kirtland Quay/ Gordon Park District encompasses area between the east edge of Burke Lakefront Airport and the east edge of Gordon Park, including Dike 14.
The Euclid Beach/Wildwood District
The fourth "small area" to be studied will be at the east edge of Cleveland in the Euclid Beach/Wildwood Park District. As with the other plans, the focus will be on maximizing the lakefront public realm and improving neighborhood connections to the water's edge.
Update from May, 2003
In May 2003, The city of Cleveland held its third round of public meetings to gather input on its process to redevelop the land at the edge of Lake Erie in conjunction with the I-90 Innerbelt redevelopment project.
The city has published its current plans on the City Planning Web site, including maps and proposed ideas to expand access to open space, develop or redevelop land for recreation, access to the water, green space, and new housing.