Once again, has developer Lance Osborne received special treatment from the City of Highland Heights?
In my last blog posting I described Osborne’s appearance before the Highland Heights Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on August 27th and wondered whether Osborne thought he was entitled to special treatment.
I now know the answer to that question.
The answer is yes, he does----and apparently with good reason.
Do you suppose he has friends in high places?
Although a majority of P&Z members in attendance on August 27th agreed to postpone scheduling a public hearing on Osborne’s mega GetGo-related variance requests because Osborne hadn’t specified the exact variances that he was requesting---which everyone else must do when filling out P&Z variance request forms---that decision was apparently overruled.
A public hearing on Osborne’s variance requests has been scheduled for this Monday, September 10th. Required notices (to nearby property owners only) were sent out late last week.
The public hearing on Osborne’s variance requests will be held on Monday September 10th, 8 pm, in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Was the very quiet scheduling of the GetGo public hearing---despite opposition of a majority of P&Z members---an attempt to avoid publicity and minimize attendance at the hearing?
It certainly could be interpreted that way.
Although the development agreement that the city signed anticipates that variances will be granted to Osborne if rezoning for the proposed mega GetGo is approved by voters in November, the agreement doesn’t state exactly what those variances will be, and the specifics have---so far at least---not been made public.
That lack of information is what caused concern on the part of P&Z committee members last week---and that should cause concern to Highland Heights residents who, unlike Osborne, are required to follow P&Z rules and procedures when seeking variances from the city.
One bone of contention is likely to be the huge 18’x6’ monument signs that Osborne wants to install along Wilson Mills and Brainard Roads.
In addition to variances from the city’s sign rules, Osborne is also seeking variances from the city’s front and side yard and green space requirements.
The September 10th hearing is open to the public. Interested residents will be allowed to comment on Osborne’s variance requests.