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Posted on: October 26, 2018

City Statement on the Referendum Petition

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HUDSON, OH (October 26, 2018) – Hudson City Council recently received the report from the Board of Elections (BOE) regarding the citizen petition for Downtown Phase II. Of the 1379 signatures submitted, the BOE certified 850. Today, the Hudson Finance Director issued a letter of sufficiency determination, in accordance with City Charter requirements.

     The referendum petition asked that Council submit to the electors of the City of Hudson, the question of whether to approve or reject Council Motion No. 18-0071 at the November 6, 2018 election. That Motion was Council’s Motion to accept, with numerous conditions to be addressed in any final plan, the Hudson Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the Downtown Phase II preliminary planned development plan.

     Based on legal advice from the Solicitor’s Office, the petition was deemed insufficient because Motion No. 2018-0071 was an administrative action, and based on Ohio law, administrative actions are not subject to referendum proceedings.

     Notwithstanding the administrative decision on the petition, Council remains committed to continue efforts, begun in numerous prior open houses and public forums, to gather public input. As part of that effort, Council will hold public meetings to receive additional input that will help shape the future of this area. Council would like to hear from as many people as possible regarding their thoughts on Phase II.

     The first two community sessions are scheduled be held from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13 and Tuesday November 27. Please note that the meetings have been moved to the Hudson High School Media Center, which has a greater seating capacity.

     Based on input received during these meetings, Council may schedule additional open forum meetings and small group meetings through December, and possibly January. The feedback generated from these meetings will provide Council with the information necessary to determine possible modifications and next steps for this effort.

     We encourage everyone to attend one of these sessions, or submit comments to us through the City website at or by email at

     To view the Finance Director's letter, click here.


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