Cincinnati is poised to embark on a transformative journey with the recent passage of the Connected Communities Initiative, marking a significant milestone in the city’s urban development and housing strategy. Spearheaded by Mayor Aftab Pureval and Councilmember Reggie Harris, with support from REALTOR® Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (RAGC), this initiative represents a collaborative effort to reform zoning laws supporting diverse housing options, sustainable growth, and bolstered economic opportunities.

Throughout 2023 and 2024, RAGC has been at the forefront, advocating tirelessly for comprehensive zoning reform. Tracy Dunne, Board President of RAGC, reflects on this achievement: “The passage of the Connected Communities Initiative is a testament to our commitment to helping the City of Cincinnati create vibrant, inclusive neighborhoods. By modernizing zoning laws, we pave the way for a more dynamic housing market that meets the diverse needs of our community.”

Mary Huttlinger, Government Affairs Director of RAGC, emphasizes the significance of this reform: “Zoning reform isn’t just about buildings; it’s about fostering thriving communities. It enables us to accommodate population growth, attract diverse demographics, and stimulate economic vitality. More importantly, zoning reform is a great equalizer ensuring that all of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods are positioned for growth and economic prosperity.”

The initiative follows extensive community engagement efforts by RAGC, including four member engagement sessions and multiple media appearances to raise awareness and garner support. RAGC’s advocacy culminated in three impactful testimonies in 2024, underscoring the critical role of zoning reform in shaping Cincinnati’s future. Huttlinger stated, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set the stage for Cincinnati to continue its path forward as a strong midwestern economic hub for our country.”

Zoning reform plays a pivotal role in addressing modern cities’ housing challenges. By facilitating the development of mixed-use spaces, affordable housing options, and sustainable infrastructure, Cincinnati sets a precedent for urban planning excellence. This initiative enhances livability, supports local businesses, and encourages new investments, reinforcing Cincinnati’s position as a city of opportunity.

As we celebrate this historic achievement, we recognize the collaborative spirit that brought us here—the dedication of community leaders, the resilience of local businesses, and the unwavering support of city planning experts committed to a solid and effective plan. The Connected Communities Initiative is more than a policy; it promises a more equitable and prosperous future for all Cincinnati residents.

In the words of Tracy Dunne, “Today, we celebrate a victory for progress and inclusivity. Tomorrow, we continue our journey towards building stronger, more connected communities.”

With the passage of the Connected Communities Initiative, Cincinnati embarks on a new chapter—one defined by growth, diversity, and economic resilience. As we look ahead, let us remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering vibrant neighborhoods where every neighborhood and resident can thrive.


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