Listening and Learning

Questions Asked
  1. What do we love about Brooklyn and what are we trying to protect?
  2. What are we trying to build upon?
  3. What should the community look and feel like?
Phase 1 Public Event—PROJECT KICK-OFF

The first meeting to gather public input about Brooklyn’s effort to update and rewrite its zoning code was held on July 20, 2021, at 7:30 pm at the Brooklyn Senior Center.

At that meeting, residents were introduced to our consultants on the project, McBride Dale Clarion (MDC), a national land-use consulting firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Liz Fields, AICP, MDC’s lead planner on the project, and Len Kendall, AICP, explained that the kick-off meeting was part of Phase 1 for the project. Phase 1 focuses on gathering information and working with City Hall, an advisory committee, and residents to establish the goals and values of the zoning update.

Residents at the Project Kick-Off Event

MDC then presented an overview of the zoning code update, which addressed:

  • Why the update was necessary
  • The process Brooklyn will be using to update its zoning code
  • How residents can stay involved in the update process
  • What will be included in the update

Following the project overview, Liz and Len led residents through a guided exercise to solicit feedback that will be incorporated into the update effort and then answered questions from residents.

Download Kick-Off Meeting Materials
Feedback from Residents

Brooklyn residents are concerned about:

  • Preservation of the city’s parks and open spaces
  • Additional multi-family development
  • Compatibility of uses and development
  • Transparency during the update process

Brooklyn residents want:

  • More flexibility in constructing residential accessory structures and pools
  • Senior housing options that blend in with the community
  • Brooklyn to be a place for young families
  • Developments to be held to a high standard of quality
Media Coverage

Brooklyn zoning code update process begins with July 20 community meeting
July 8, 2021.

“BROOKLYN, Ohio — Following the approval earlier this year of a new master plan, Brooklyn hired McBride Dale Clarion to study and completely rewrite the city’s zoning codes, which Mayor Katie Gallagher said are currently outdated…”