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An infill house built by Knez Homes on Ludgate Rd. in Shaker Heights.
Infill housing in a term used to describe new housing that is built in existing neighborhood, including here in Shaker Heights. Infill housing is used to attract new development and residents to neighborhoods to fill in vacant home sites and modernize the City’s housing stock. Learn more about the City's infill housing program below.
The City is proactively preserving its high-quality historic housing while simultaneously keeping pace with changing market demands for a broader range of housing choices for all ages and stages of life. The City’s 2015 Housing and Neighborhood Plan seeks to attract and retain new residents, increase demand for homes in the City, increase property values, diversify the City’s housing stock, and create community and stability in our neighborhoods. Updated in 2022, the Plan prioritizes the expansion of infill housing development to accomplish these objectives as well as to stabilize neighborhoods that were hardest hit by the 2008 housing crisis.
Developers and owner-occupants apply to the City to purchase vacant residential lots owned by the City.. These applications are reviewed by City Staff. After thorough vetting, if merited, the application is then reviewed by the Neighborhood and Economic Development Committee, the Finance Committee, and City Council. City Council must approve a development agreement allowing the sale of the land for purposes of constructing the proposed new house(s). As part of this process, City Staff notify nearby residents to let them know the upcoming dates of these meetings and to solicit feedback, comments, and questions from neighbors about the proposal. All feedback received from neighbors is presented to the committees and City Council.
If the project is approved by City Council, the project must then be approved by the City’s Architectural Board of Review and the City Planning Commission, and must comply with the Ohio Residential Building Code before construction begins.
Active Infill Development
The City provides interactive tools where you can learn more about properties available for development as infill housing or about the status of properties currently under development as infill housing. These are:
- City-Owned Vacant Lots (Currently available development sites):
- Infill Development Steps (Projects actively under development):
- Go to CitizenServe and click on Reports in top menu to find the Infill Development Steps Map and the Infill Development Steps List
Projects actively under development are assigned a status to reflect where they are in the process:
|1. Application Received|
A developer or owner-occupant has submitted an application and has submitted preliminary sketches City staff reviews the application and sends a neighbor notification out if the application will be brought to Committees and City Council.
|2. Council/Committee Review Process|
City Staff have reviewed this application, sent out a neighbor notification, and the project is being reviewed by Committees and City Council.
|3. Under Contract; On Hold|
Properties are assigned this status if City Council has approved the application but the applicant does not plan to begin construction in the current year.
|4. Design Review|
Properties are assigned this status while they are under review by the City’s Architectural Board of Review and City Planning Commission. City Staff sends a notification to surrounding property owners when a proposal is reviewed by the City Planning Commission.
|5. Construction Imminent|
Properties are assigned this status when the applicant has received all City approvals, have been issued building permits, and the contractors have registered with the City. City Staff send out a neighbor notification before construction begins.
|6. Under Construction|
Properties are assigned this status when they have begun construction.
|7. Sold to an Owner-Occupant|
Properties are assigned this status when they have been purchased and/or occupied by an owner-occupant. Properties must be purchased by an owner-occupant to be eligible for a tax abatement.
Questions? View our FAQs in the right-hand column of this page (or below if you're on a mobile device) or contact Brendan Zak, Neighborhood Development Specialist.