|May News & Updates
Council Approves Development Agreement
The Amberley Green property was acquired by Amberley Village almost five years ago and since that time the Village has been exploring the best use of the property. The Long Range Planning Committee of the Village (a committee comprised of residents and council members), met from September 2010 through March 2011 to explore the options for the property. The Committee’s findings were presented to a group of more than 150 residents at a public meeting and to Council in the first half of 2011. The Long Range Planning Committee’s recommendations for Amberley Green included a mixed used development incorporating institutional/corporate use; agricultural; community/civic/green space; and residential.
Over the past couple of years, Council has explored ways to take the next step in the exploration phase for the property and at its April meeting Village Council approved a development agreement with The Walnut Group. The Walnut Group presented a concept plan that proposes land uses including an office campus, universal lifestyle living, community park, retail town center and an arboretum. This concept is consistent with the recommendations of the Long Range Planning Committee. Over the next ten months, the Walnut Group will explore the viability of the plan.
The economics of the development for Amberley Village will be a critical factor in determining the way forward. It is necessary for whatever is developed on the site to “maximize economic benefit to the Village while also providing value to residents” per the Long Range Planning Report. In other words, this piece of property needs to generate dollars for the Village in order to minimize our reliance on residents’ taxes.
The development agreement approved by Village Council on April 8 requires The Walnut Group to provide periodic progress reports to the Land Development Committee. It also requires the developer to provide various reports to the Village at the conclusion of the 10 month period. Finally, it anticipates the negotiation of another agreement for the next stage of development of the property if the developer and Village can agree.
If you want to be informed about development of Amberley Green, please go to the Village website at www.amberleyvillage.org and scroll down to subscriptions to sign up for meeting notifications.
North Site Zoning Changed
After months of review and public involvement, Village Council has rezoned and created a zoning district for the North Site, a 26-acre property owned by the Village located north of the Ronald Reagan Highway. The property has been rezoned from residential use which would allow ½ acre lots to the North Site Zoning Classification. North Site Zoning has principal permitted uses as office, flex office/warehouse, hotels/motels, nursing homes, recreational uses, government/public buildings/facilities, universities, and other educational facilities. The site is dominated by the Village Service Garage and composting operations but could encompass additional business use.
May 13 Council Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Watch the April Council Meeting
One Stop Drop – Amberley Recycles
Professional recyclers will be on-hand to collect and recycle electronic items and all types of shoes. Also, you can witness shredding of any and all confidential paper products you drop off.
New Tennis Key Cards
It’s time to renew your tennis key cards. The cost remains the same as last year for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The cards provide access to the courts at the Village Municipal Building and Amberley Green. The cards may be purchased at the Public Safety Department service window at the municipal building.
The card reader was reconfigured on May 1. If you have already purchased a key card this season, it is valid for the time period you paid for and it can be exchanged for a newly formatted card.
Section Road Water Main Work to Begin
Greater Cincinnati Water Works will begin work on Section Road to replace the emergency water main under Section Road between the railroad tracks and the driveway to 2121 Section Road, Topicz.
Traffic and access to businesses will be maintained utilizing a shift in lanes. The contractor expects work to begin the week of May 13.
|2013 Road Repair Program
Village Council authorized a contract for a street repair program this summer. The 2013 Road Repair Project includes asphalt patching, curb replacement and pavement repair. These items were bid together as a bundle resulting in very favorable pricing. Four bids were received with the lowest and best bid submitted by Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping in the amount of $245,140. Their bid was $70,165 less than the engineer’s estimate.
Asphalt patching and curb replacement:
Curb and gutter replacement:
While rehabilitating entire roadways is the preferred method of a comprehensive approach to repaving Village streets, these repair programs are attempting to address the more severe issues in the road infrastructure inventory. The Village is managing these repairs while still operating within the established austerity budgets in an attempt to maintain the alignment of expenditures with the revenues available when the 2013 budget was adopted.
At this time, work is scheduled to begin in mid-June. The project specifications call for the project to be substantially completed by the end of August. Residents will be notified by the contractor prior to work beginning if their driveway will be blocked or otherwise inaccessible.
2013 Intersection Upgrade
Village Council has authorized an upgrade to the traffic signal at Ridge and Section Roads. The signal and intersection modification involves replacing and upgrading the existing signal system to accommodate crosswalks and ramps, LED signal heads, related pavement markings, an improved controller, additional traffic detector loops and a battery backup system to power the controller and lights during short-term power outages. Three bids were received with the low and best bid submitted by Capital Electric in the amount of $53,600 which was $11,400 less than the engineer’s estimate. The contractor estimates work to begin mid-late May.
|Storm Water Projects Slated for Mid-May
The 2013 Storm Water Program includes projects funded by a Hamilton County Storm Water District Capital Improvement Program (HCSWD CIP) Grant and the Amberley Village Storm Water Utility.
Projects funded by the County grant include:
Projects funded by the Amberley Village Storm Water Utility include:
The projects were bundled and bid together to garner favorable pricing. This strategy paid off with the bid resulting in a price approximately $124,000 below the engineer’s estimate.
The contractor estimates the work on the various projects will begin in mid-May.
Amberley Village is known for its beautiful, well maintained homes in a serene setting. The Village’s Property Maintenance Code helps maintain the high standard for which Village homes have come to be known. Each spring, as winter wears off, we’re able to get outside and better see our homes and lawns. The Village diligently follows its enforcement process to address the most common property maintenance violations outlined in the policies below:
Repeat violations now carry a penalty when two code sections are violated in a single year. On the third violation, a fee of $150 will be assessed.
To report a property maintenance violation, contact Village Administration at 531-8675 or visit amberleyvillage.org and click on Contact Us.
|Brush Pick-Up Guidelines
The Village’s Maintenance Department is pleased to provide curbside brush pick-up to the residents. The guidelines below provide the size limitations of the chipper equipment and procedures to follow for setting out brush.
|Living with Wildlife – Coyotes
Rarely seen but frequently heard, coyotes generally avoid humans, even when they inhabit largely urban areas. Consequently, many coyotes live in close proximity to people without ever being noticed. Coyotes tend to avoid humans, shifting a majority of their activity to evening hours and spending most of their time in wooded patches and shrubbery. Their diets are extremely flexible; coyotes are generally scavengers and predators of small prey, mostly feeding on rodents, fruit, deer, and rabbits.
Why are Coyotes Living in the Village?
Resource information about coyotes: Ohio Department of Natural Resources