How does the city handle zone changes?
• A zone change on a property is a change in what the property can be used for. It can be initiated either by the property owner or the city.
a. If initiated by the property owner, the City Charter dictates that the request is first submitted to City Council, and Council will refer it to Planning Commission, which must make a decision within 45 days.
b. If initiated by Council or Planning Commission, there is no time limit for the decision to be made.
• The next step is for Planning Commission to hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to Council.
a. For the public hearing, a legal ad is placed in the Enquirer, a listserve is sent, the meeting notice is posted on the website and placed on the door of the city building, and when Charter dictates, notices are mailed to residents within 200 ft. of the property.
b. At the Planning Commission public hearing, a presentation is given to the public with all the information about the proposed zone change. Anyone may speak and voice their objections or support during the Public Hearing.
c. After the Chairman closes the public hearing, the Planning Commission discusses all the information, including comments from the public, then makes their decision. If they feel they need more time they may table the decision, (within the 45 days).
• After Planning Commission makes their recommendation to Council, Council will review it, generally at a regularly scheduled meeting, as a “First Reading”.
a. Council may discuss it in a Law and Safety Committee meeting, which is a public meeting, before or after the “First Reading”.
b. Council will hold a public hearing, which is considered to be the “Second Reading”. The same notification process as above is followed: a legal ad is placed in the Enquirer, a listserve is sent, the meeting notice is posted on the website and placed on the door of the city building, and when Charter dictates, notices are mailed to residents within 200 ft. of the property. Council will take public comments and discuss the application.
c. Council will hold a “Third Reading” before a decision is made. Council does not have a time limit to make the decision, and may approve the proposal with modifications.
d. If Council agrees with Planning Commission’s decision, they need four (4) votes to affirm it. If Council overturns Planning Commission’s decision, they need five (5) votes. Otherwise they can approve or deny with four (4) votes.
e. If Council denies it, no further action is required. If a property owner wants to pursue it, she or he may either start over with a substantially different proposal; or appeal to Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.
f. If Council approves it, it becomes effective after 45 days.
g. If the residents are against Council’s decision, they may circulate petitions to bring it to vote at the next election.
What is the city's zoning code?
A city’s zoning code is a legal document, that regulates dimensional requirements (e.g. setbacks, height, lot coverage), how the property can be used, and sometimes even the aesthetic appearance of the property. Zoning divides the city into various land use zones typically: residential, retail or commercial, office, industrial, parks or recreation, etc. Zoning is what protects low density residential areas from the impacts of other land uses such as retail or industrial uses, and conversely provides land for retail and industrial uses to serve the residents and generate jobs and taxes. The zoning code consists of a map and the written text.
Madeira also has a land use plan that provides a more general idea of what the citizens want for their city. The land use plan does not have the force of law but should guide the city in making zoning decisions. If a zoning case winds up in a courtroom, the land use plan should provide the rationality for the zoning. From time to time a city should update its land use plan and concurrently review the zoning.
What is a variance?
If a property owner wishes to make modifications to his or her property and the modifications will result in non-compliance with the zoning code, or if the property is already not in compliance (non-conforming), the property owner can appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Application must be made to staff who prepares it for the Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearing by placing a legal ad in the Enquirer, listserving it, sending it to surrounding property owners and posting it on the door and the website. Variance requests are typically dimensional items like oversized signs, decks, porches, additions, accessory structures, or other physical structures that don’t meet the setback. If a property owner wishes to appeal the decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals, he or she must appeal to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Council does not review variances.
It is important to note that the city charter states in Article VII, § 4: “The board of zoning appeals shall not grant a variance in any case in which the deviation from the existing zoning ordinance is so substantial that it is the equivalent of a change in the zoning district.” If the variance is the equivalent of a change in the zoning, it must go through the zone change process as described above.
How do I get information about the tax abatement on Euclid Avenue (CRA)?
See website link below.
RES 04-10 Euclid Ave CRA
Euclid Avenue Community Reinvestment Area Overview
How do I find out about upcoming city meetings and events?
The City has a FaceBook page (City of Madeira). You may also sign up for the City listserv email or text by going to www.madeiracity.com and "Notify Me" on the home page. You may also click on the link below for the City Calendar:
What about Madeira History?
Use the following link to learn more about the history of Madeira About Madeira
Where do I get a building permit?
All building permits are processed with the City of Madeira, except for electrical and plumbing. Follow the link below for a Building and Zoning Permit Application. If you need to get an electrical permit, contact IBI (513-381-6080). If you need to get a plumbing/health permit, contact the Hamilton County Health Department (513-946-7800). If you need to get a water tap, contact either Indian Hill Public Works (513-561-6679) or Greater Cincinnati Water Works (513-591-7700). If you need to get a sewer tap, contact Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati(513-352-4900). Building and Zoning Permit Application
How does the garbage program work?
Garbage pick-up is no charge to all Madeira residents. This entitles each residence to one 35 gallon wheeled toter for combined household and yard waste and one 65 gallon recycling wheeled toter each week. There is no limit amount for recyclables materials. Anything that does not fit in the 35 gallon toter must be stickered. Stickers may be purchased at the Madeira Kroger store for $0.75 each. An item weighing 75 pounds or less only takes one sticker; anything heavier than 75 pounds takes 13 stickers. Please see the City Government/Solid Waste portion of the website for current information or call the Administration Office at (513) 561-7228. More...
When is my garbage pickup day?
Garbage pickup for the City of Madeira is on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, depending on which street you live. Please see the City Government/Solid Waste portion of the website for current information.
What does the community of Madeira and surrounding area have to offer?
Use the following link to learn more about what Madeira has to offer. -City Services
Does the City of Madeira have a leaf pick-up program?
Yes. The City of Madeira does have a leaf pick-up program. It generally runs from October to December of each year. Rake your leaves to the curb (not in the street), and the Public Works Department will be around to pick them up. For specific information, check the MadeiraNews newsletter or sign up to receive emails/texts from the City (Notify Me on www.madeiracity.com). You may also call the Administration Office at (513) 561-7228.
Does the City of Madeira have a brush and limb pickup program?
Yes. The City of Madeira has a brush and limb pickup program that lasts about two weeks in spring of each year. All that we ask is that you put your brush and limbs at the curb at 7:00 AM the day the program starts. The Public Works Department will be around to pick them up within that two week period. For specific information, check the MadeiraNews newsletter or sign up to receive emails/texts from the City (Notify Me on www.madeiracity.com). You may also call the Administration Office at (513) 561-7228.
Does the City of Madeira have a large item pickup?
Yes. The City of Madeira has a large item pickup program one time per year (usually in June). This program allows homeowners to place items at the curb that do not fit in toters. For specific information for the current year, check the MadeiraNews newsletter or sign up to receive emails/texts from the City (Notify Me on www.madeiracity.com). You may also call the Administration Office at (513) 561-7228.
To whom do I pay my water bill?
If you live on the west side of Hosbrook, then you have Cincinnati water. Cincinnat Water Works
To whom do I pay my electric bill?
The electric company in the City of Madeira is Duke Energy (1-800-544-6900). Click here for Duke's website
What school district is my house in?
Most houses in the city limits of Madeira are located in the Madeira City School District, but some residences may be in Indian Hill School District or Cincinnati Public School District. Go to the Hamilton County Auditor's website at http://www.hamiltoncountyauditor.org and enter the address under property search to get specific information.