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Posted on: August 7, 2019

What's Next with Downtown Phase II

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HUDSON, OH (August 7, 2019) – Several steps remain before the Downtown Phase II development would receive final approval and construction could begin. The project will follow the same process as other planned developments as required by Hudson’s Land Development Code.

Why is Only the Residential Portion Being Submitted?

Last year, Planning Commission and City Council approved the Downtown Phase II preliminary plan. A preliminary plan provides the site layout, street grids, and other site information about the project. Once the preliminary plan is approved, the developer can develop it all at once, or in phases. With larger developments like Phase II, developers often build the project in phases, largely due to Hudson’s Land Development Code’s two-year time limit. Once the final plan is approved by Planning Commission and a zoning certificate issued, the developer has two years to have the project substantially completed.

Taking the River Oaks residential development located off Boston Mills Road as an example, the developer submitted a preliminary plan for the entire subdivision that was approved by Planning Commission. The developer chose to build the project in phases, largely due to the two-year time limitation. The developer submitted final plans for one phase to Planning Commission for approval and a zoning certificate. Subsequently, final plans for other phases were submitted and approved separately.

Next Steps in the Process

After Planning Commission has held its review and public hearing, it will come back to City Council per the condition Council set as part of its approval of the preliminary plan last year. City Council with then act on the final plan through a Council motion. 

Once the revised plan receives final approval, a financial agreement between the developer and the City will be finalized. The agreement terms will be based on what is approved in the final plan and will be approved by City Council.

The architectural work and renderings will be completed and will go to the Architectural and Historic Board of Review for review and approval. 

If residents have questions about the process or status of this project, they can email or call the Community Development office at 330-342-1790.

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