Stephen Hardwick knows he's not going to be able to keep all Clintonville residents from feeling blindsided by development proposals in their vicinity.

Stephen Hardwick knows he's not going to be able to keep all Clintonville residents from feeling blindsided by development proposals in their vicinity.

However, the chairman of the Clintonville Area Commission zoning and development committee is seeking to prevent "out-of-the-blue" complaints as much as possible and to make the workings of his group and the CAC as a whole more transparent.

"I'm putting together a Mailchimp community notification email list for notices about zoning matters," Hardwick wrote last month in -- what else? -- an email.

Mailchimp, based in Atlanta and was founded in 2001, is a marketing platform that, according to its website, sends out more than a billion emails a day.

"We democratize technology for small businesses, creating innovative products that empower our customers to grow," the website boasts.

Hardwick got the idea for the email notification to neighborhood residents after becoming recording secretary for the Clinton Elementary School PTA, which has used the platform for a while.

"Quite often, people would say, 'I didn't hear what was going on, I didn't know what was going on, I wasn't aware of this,' " Hardwick said last week. "I wanted as many people as possible to know what was going to happen."

Those interested in receiving the Mailchimp notifications, which include links to zoning and variance application documents, should send a request to hardwick.zoning @gmail.com.

As of last week, the committee chairman said 37 people had signed up -- 30 of them community residents and the rest members of the commission or of his committee.

"The whole point of the zoning and variance committee is to get the commissioners what they need to know to make a decision," Hardwick said. "Part of that is hearing what the community thinks, and I hope that this can help with that.

"There are some people in Clintonville who think when something doesn't go their way, something nefarious is happening. This will make it harder for them to believe that."

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