In late 2017/early 2018, Planning NEXT—the consulting firm that guided the 1998-2001 Master Plan process under its former name ACP Visioning+Planning—was hired to take a deep dive into the River Ridge/Kingsdale West residential district. The purpose of the study was to make sure we are providing an appropriate policy framework that supports the district’s unique character and fosters the qualities that make it special. A primary goal of the study process was to make sure that any prospective plans to preserve and strengthen the River Ridge/Kingsdale West district would be reflective of extensive input received from residents within these neighborhoods. Areas of focus included housing trends, neighborhood connectivity, pedestrian access, safety and traffic.
On June 11, 2018, City Council approved Resolution 9-2018 regarding the final report of the 2017 River Ridge/Kingsdale West Study. This resolution identified a series of recommendations as the highest priority:
- Allow the enclosure of existing carports without a variance in specific platted River Ridge area;
- Reduce the 35-foot building height limit to 28 feet in designated areas;
- Construct sidewalks along Mountview and Nottingham provided funding is available;
- Review the reduction of height limits for the portions of Kingsdale West that do not front on Tremont Road;
- Conduct a systematic assessment of key infrastructure [Capital Improvement Program];
- Restrict houses built on double lots;
- Create an Active Transportation Plan for Wickliffe Elementary;
- A more proactive approach to Code Enforcement.
Following completion of the study, many steps have been taken or are in process to implement the emerging recommendations:
- A 2018 zoning code change allows carport enclosures to occur within the River Ridge neighborhood without a variance. The first such carport enclosure, is under construction on Cranford Road.
- A 2018 zoning code change restricts the maximum home height to 28 feet in the River Ridge neighborhood, a reduction of seven feet from the previous allowance. Several new homes under construction within the area, will meet or fall below the new limit (original plans for some of these homes had proposed a taller height). Look for these newbuilds on Wickliffe, Redding and Cimmaron roads, and on Eastcleft and Oakmount drives.
- A 2018 citywide zoning code change restricts home sites that currently have one home sited on two parcels from being redeveloped as two homes, unless both existing lots meet current zoning standards. This ordinance will help preserve character on streets like Redding, Oakmount and Riverhill.
- An additional code compliance officer position has been added in the Community Development Department, affording proactive code enforcement monitoring to encourage good stewardship of the district’s homes and properties.
- The district can look forward to enjoying new sidewalks on Mountview Road as part of the 2020 construction season, and a new sidewalk on Nottingham is pending in 2023.
- A pending code change in 2019 would restrict the uses of properties within the Kingsdale West Planned Mixed-Use District to residential only, except for those fronting Tremont Road.
- Another pending code change is to reduce the permitted height of buildings in the Kingsdale West area, to provide a smoother transition from Tremont Road to the west into the adjacent neighborhoods.
- A street tree survey will be undertaken in 2019, thanks to an effort by the Parks & Forestry Division and City Tree Commission, with resident participants who live within the study area.
If you would like to get involved with the implementation of some of the final recommendations, send an email to [email protected], with the subject “River Ridge/Kingsdale West Implementation.” Indicate which recommendation you want to get involved with, and how we can contact you.
To view documents associated with the River Ridge Study, search our Archives Portal – Development Projects, dating back to 9/1/2017 using the following Project Names: River Ridge*. There you will find: