UPDATE: First Interstate's 'Reconsider' Request Denied by High Court
First Interstate wanted to rezone the former Oakwood Country Club as commercial property
The Ohio Supreme Court issued a 6 to 1 decision on Sept. 16 denying developer First Interstate's motion for reconsideration regarding the rezoning of Oakwood Country Club.
Issue 96 lets South Euclid residents decide whether the land will remain residential or be rezoned commercial for development.
First Interstate has asked the court to reconsider its decision to allow this issue to go on the November ballot because it was passed as an emergency ordinance. Under the Ohio Revised Code, ordinances with emergency clauses are not subject to referendum, and the company argues that state law should override South Euclid's charter, which allows emergency ordinances to be subject to referendum.
The issue will read, "Shall Ordinance No. 05-11, proposing to amend the zoning map of the City of South Euclid so as to change certain property known as the Oakwood Club from its existing Class R-75 'One-Family Residential District' to C-2 'General Commercial District' be approved?"
Cleveland Heights Patch Editor Michelle Simakis contributed to this story.