What to Do if You’re Being Denied Housing in Cleveland
Cleveland’s zoning code has long been criticized for allowing developers to build in areas that are typically not accessible to low-income families, and for allowing apartments that are more than 30% larger than their zoning limits.
The code is also more restrictive on new developments than in other cities, and some residents say they’ve been denied affordable housing because of the city’s strict zoning rules.
The City Council voted to repeal the rules last month.
Residents are still concerned about the possibility of a building being built there.
“I think this is a great opportunity for us to build out affordable housing in Cleveland, and it should be a priority,” said Rachel Prewitt, a senior policy advisor at the National Housing Council, a nonprofit that advocates for the poor.
“But the zoning code is very important.
If you’re a developer, you’re supposed to make a good case.
We have a long history of not making good housing case, but there’s an expectation that you make a strong case.”
That was one reason that developers in the Cleveland suburb of South Euclid, Ohio, wanted to build a new apartment complex in the South Euclids shopping district.
The developer said the apartment complex would provide jobs for young professionals, and the project was approved in April.
But the project has been challenged by other local residents, and residents have been fighting to keep it from happening.
In June, a judge in Cleveland ordered the city to remove the proposed development from the zoning.
“This is not the kind of development that Cleveland should be allowing,” said Prewick.
“We want to be able to live in Cleveland.”
The judge did not make a specific order about the proposed South Eucliden apartments, but said it was important to “avoid further delay.”
The city will need to provide further notice to developers, and developers can apply for a permit before the project can be built.