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Mt. Adams residents say zoning change would destroy skyline view

The proposal suggested building height restrictions city-wide be raised from 35 feet to 85 feet. (FOX19) The proposal suggested building height restrictions city-wide be raised from 35 feet to 85 feet. (FOX19)

A battle is brewing over a skyline view as Mount Adams residents try to block proposed zoning changes to the area.

Right now buildings can only be a maximum of 35 feet tall in the community, but the zoning change would increase that to 85 feet in some areas.

Hundreds of residents have already signed a petition to prevent any of these changes.

"You're going to see people that are going to sell and get out of town. It would hurt this community and we would feel it generationally," said Kurt Meier with the Mount Adams Civic Association.

For more than 200 years, residents in Mount Adams have overlooked downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. But the new, taller buildings could be on the way. Larry Mccord has lived in this community for 50 years and says the city tried to make similar changes about 12 years ago.

"They were going to do a long, lengthy spread out over the hill below Celestial Street," said Mount Adams resident Larry Mccord.

Now a new debate is on the table. The city is creating a new code to engage residents and businesses in land development. Part of that process is updating zoning, which hasn't been done in a decade.

The city planning and building department tells FOX19 NOW that consultants from Austin, Texas made these particular recommendations in draft one of potential zoning changes, something that could modernize the community.

Today the mayor and vice mayor David Mann announced they don't support these zoning changes one bit.

"There's no way in the world city council is going to do this kind of damage to Mount Adams," said Mann.

Another part of the zoning update would raise some buildings as high as 50 feet. The Planning and Building Committee is meeting with the Community Council on Thursday, and the city says in phase two of the draft they'll likely nix the 85 foot tall building proposition.

"The integrity of Mount Adams from a universal standpoint should remain at 35 feet. We don't think 50 feet is appropriate, we would object to it," said Meier.

Before any zoning changes are made, the public will have a chance to express their opinion at a series of forums over the next few months.

A final decision has to be approved by the planning commission and city council.

To see the first draft and sign up for future releases visit the City of Cincinnati website.

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