The Grandview Heights Planning Commission voted April 18 to recommend City Council approve two ordinances relating to the Grandview Commerce Mixed Use District, the district that includes the Grandview Yard project.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission voted April 18 to recommend City Council approve two ordinances relating to the Grandview Commerce Mixed Use District, the district that includes the Grandview Yard project.

The first ordinance would create overlay standards to apply to 13 smaller, individual parcels with six owners.

The parcels are located between Bobcat Avenue and the alley along Northwest Boulevard.

The overlay would give the parcels the flexibility for mixed-use redevelopment enjoyed by the other properties in the district, said Patrik Bowman, the city's director of administration and economic development.

"Some of these properties may never (be redeveloped)," Bowman told the commission, but the overlay standards will establish a review process that would be implemented if a proposal for redevelopment arose.

The overlay's provisions would require the owners of the affected properties to submit a concept plan for review and approval of the planning commission before preparing a final design plan.

The concept plan would identify the development standards the commission would review to determine if the development proposal is compatible with the existing land use and development pattern.

After the concept plan is approved, the owner would prepare a final development plan consistent with the planning principles listed within the district code.

The commission also voted to recommend council approve the second ordinance, which would rezone 901 W. Third Ave., the current site of Style Line Inc., into the mixed-use district. The property is now zoned M-1 Limited Industrial.

The commission had approved a conditional use in February to allow a cross-training business to move into a portion of the building.

That plan has been put on hold.

The building is now in contract with new owners who plan to adapt the building for mixed uses and market the site for office, retail, restaurant and medical uses.

The M-1 zoning permits office use outright and restaurant and retail use by condition.

The rezoning of the mixed-use district would "alleviate the potential need for variances if the owners devise creative ways to satisfy parking needs or otherwise demonstrate the proposed uses will not negatively impact the surrounding neighborhood," a staff report to the commission states.

Bowman presented the commission with a memo from City Engineer Edward Ferris that included eight recommendations regarding the proposed rezoning.

The commission voted to recommend council approve the rezoning and take in consideration Ferris' recommendations.

Commission member Robert Wandel recused himself from the discussion and vote on the rezoning ordinance because he has a business relationship with one of the entities involved in the proposed sale and redevelopment of the site.

With the commission's recommendations, the ordinances now will move to City Council for its final approval.

A public hearing on the two ordinances will be held as part of the May 21 City Council meeting.