Bedford Township Whitman Re-Zoning Referendum (2009)

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A Bedford Township Whitman Re-Zoning Referendum was on the May 5, 2009 ballot in Cuyahoga County for voters in Bedford Township. The measure was defeated.[1]

  • Yes: 2,920
  • No: 3,209 Defeatedd

The group Bedford Watch turned in over 2,400 signatures, 700 more than required, in their quest to force a township-wide vote on zoning changes enacted by the township board on December 2, 2008.[2]

Auto dealer John Whitman asked the township board in 2008 to re-zone 34 acres. Five of his six rezoning requests were approved by the Bedford Township Board, which has seven members.

The zoning modifications included:

  • Two parcels north and south of the dealership from C-2 commercial to C-3 commercial.
  • Nine acres adjacent to the Indian Acres subdivision were changed from single family residential to residential for people 55 and older and multifamily housing.

The "No" vote changes the zoning classification of the five parcels of land to their original zoning classifications prior to the December 2 rezoning.[3]