Stop ripping up green space to build shopping centers - Support sustainable land use
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Stop ripping up green space to build shopping centers - Support sustainable land use

    1. Carla Rautenberg
    2. Petition by

      Carla Rautenberg

      Cleveland, OH

 Please join the Citizens for Oakwood in our effort to keep the last large tract of undeveloped land in our community from becoming a big box shopping mall. The property, consisting of 150 acres in the adjoining cities of South Euclid and Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been a country club and golf course since 1905.

We understand that municipalities need revenue and that the developer has promised tax revenue from sales receipts, retail payrolls and property taxes.

However, extensive research has shown that big box retail developments often COST local communities more in the long run than they ever deliver in taxes.

Negative financial impacts of big box development include increased traffic and crime, causing a need for more police. Noise and light pollution degrade quality of life in the immediate area, and housing values fall.

Most area residents say they neither need nor want more retail. There are no less than six malls or shopping centers within three to four miles of Oakwood; several are struggling with vacancies. Our main streets are lined with empty storefronts.

In contrast, consider the positive effects of green space in the form of a public park: access to nature, the protection of magnificent trees and wildlife habitat, cleaner air, and natural storm water management. We know that parks increase housing values, improve quality of life and are a powerful magnet for new residents.  

To fund the protection and maintenance of precious green space, perhaps communities in our region could cooperate to impose plastic bag fees or increase collaboration on community services. But first, we must demonstrate to the developer that his purchase of Oakwood does not entitle him to a zoning change that will suit his purpose.

Please sign our petition to send the message to our elected officials that paving over scarce never-developed land is NOT sustainable. And when other alternatives exist, it is inexcusable.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Our Signature Goal is 800

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      Can you help us reach it by sharing this petition with friends and family via Facebook, email and twitter?

    3. NE Ohio Regional Sewer District Directed to go Green

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      Natural green space mitigates storm water runoff problems. The Oakwood property is doing this now. Does NEORSD have a dog in this fight?

    4. South Euclid referendum petition going well

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      We are collecting lots of signatures and getting thanks from many people for doing so.

    5. time to get the referendum underway in South Euclid

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      With the passage of the rezoning in South Euclid, the referendum process will begin post haste. Time to step up the signatures and let them know that preserving this green space is important. Email to learn how to help.

    6. We Passed the 600 Mark!

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      Please continue to email, tweet and share on FB, urging your friends to sign our petition.

    7. South Euclid City Council Expected to Vote Tomorrow

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      South Euclid City Council is expected to vote to re-zone the SE portion of the Oakwood property at its regular council meeting Monday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m.
      South Euclid City Hall is on Green Road north of Mayfield.

    8. Picnic today!

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      3rd Annual Dugway Brook Festival. Meet near the Boathouse in Forest Hill Park. Bring your own picnic lunch and if you wish, a chair. Citizens for Oakwood and our Facebook friends will meet up for our picnic at 12:30 p.m.

    9. GCBL blogs about Oakwood -- again!

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      "When GreenCityBlueLake blogged that the grassroots Citizens for Oakwood should engage West Creek Preservation Committee in their campaign to preserve a hundred and fifty acre golf course as a park...[a] ...speech by their executive director Dave Linchek is exactly what we had in mind....Linchek will describe the creation of the West Creek Preserve and Greenway, a 500-acre natural park and regional recreational trail network [that] led to a partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks and served as a springboard for the group to form an urban land conservancy. Linchek will speak at the Severance Neighborhood Organization's annual meeting, Thursday, June 30th at 7 p.m. at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Rd, Cleveland Heights.

    10. The weather report is good for Sat.

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      Hope to see lots of local supporters at the 3rd Annual Dugway Brook Festival this Saturday (see previous update).

    11. Local supporters -- Join us for a picnic this Sat.!

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      If you're in the NE Ohio area, celebrate green space by joining the Citizens for Oakwood for a picnic at the 3rd Annual Dugway Brook Watershed Festival this Saturday, June 25th, at 12:30 p.m. Please BRING YOUR OWN PICNIC LUNCH and a blanket and/or folding chairs. Meet us in Forest Hill Park near the Boat House at 12:30 p.m. See you there! Questions about this event? or call 216-694-8304.

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Our Signature Goal Now 800

      Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      We started with a modest signature goal, but you wonderful folks keep signing, so we keep increasing the goal! Thank you all for supporting sustainable land use, and please keep encouraging your friends, especially NE Ohioans, to sign!

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Carla Rautenberg
      Petition Organizer

      Add an update...


    Reasons for signing

      • about 3 years ago

      Because I believe in people, not profits, and that natural beauty has no price or vulnerability to economic conditions--it has endless dignity that will preserve and protect home prices. If only we will preserve and protect IT.

    • Terrence Ross SOUTH EUCLID, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      THis sohould be a Green Space. There are already to many nasty shopping centers around that provide everything we need in the area.

      • about 3 years ago

      We have far too much retail and not enough green space

    • Martha Webb CLEVELAND, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      There is no need for more "retail space." Less than a mile away there is a demolished abandoned strip mall. And, where will the fox and deer live if not at Oakwood?

    • Jim Fox SOUTH EUCLID, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      We don't need more retail space.


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