Landmark Commission Code Update

The City of Cleveland Heights was developed at the beginning of the 20th Century and contains many historic buildings, including 13 National Register Historic Districts, 12 individual National Register-listed properties, and 55 local landmarks.  Most of the construction occurred in the 1910s and 1920s, with an eclectic mix of architectural styles reflected in the houses, apartments, and commercial districts spread throughout the City.

The City’s Landmark Commission was established to preserve, protect, and perpetuate this character. The City was designated a Certified Local Government (“CLG”) by the State in 2019 and is committed to supporting historic preservation in balance with other economic development and environmental activities. This designation as a CLG is indicative of the interest and involvement in historic preservation and is evidenced by a robust design review process with the Landmark Commission. In 2020, the City was able to secure an Ohio History Connection grant to produce Historic Preservation Design Guidelines (PDF). The Guidelines were completed in 2021 and have been a great resource, not only to landmark properties, but to utilize as general best practices for design throughout the City. The Guidelines were recently awarded the Catalyst for Community Preservation Award by the Cleveland Restoration Society and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at their 2023 Celebration of Preservation awards. The next step in the process is to update the City’s Landmark Commission Ordinance to best align with not only the CLG status, but the Guidelines.

To that end, in 2023, the City was able to secure an Ohio History grant to update the City’s Landmark Commission Ordinance. The City has retained Naylor Wellman LLC, a renowned historic preservation firm who previously worked on the Design Guidelines, to assist in the preparation of updates to Chapter 143 of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland Heights (Landmark Commission) and supplementary other code changes.

Meetings and Milestones

April 15, 2024
Deliver electronic copy to SHPO for approval

March 11, 2024
Public Meeting #2 – Presentation of final draft and submission to SHPO for 30-day review

December 11, 2023 
Public Meeting #1 – Presentation of preliminary draft
Meeting Minutes (PDF)