Chagrin Solon Sun Letter to the Editor: Beyond the pale
Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 11:36 AM
Sun News staff
There is a proposed Solon rezoning that would allow multi-family dwellings of 1,000 square feet on 20,000
square-foot lots. Current zoning in the affected area calls for minimum one acre lots with a minimum living
area of 2,000 square feet. This could happen in your neighborhood, especially if it becomes a precedent.
In a recent ruling that affects citizens of Solon, Judge John Sutula issued the following order:
“Therefore, it is the order of this court that the City of Solon shall rezone the subject properties in a
“In the event that the Defendant-City of Solon (in compliance with this court’s order to rezone the subject
properties in a constitutional manner) proposes a zoning change with regard to the subject properties on the
ballot in May 2010, pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1 and2 of Solon’s Charter, and the electorate rejects such
rezoning then the Plaintiff may return to this court and have it judicially rezone the property in a constitutionally
“It is so ordered.”
Now I’m no constitutional law expert, but this seems a little beyond the pale. We have an opportunity to
vote on this matter, but apparently it means nothing unless we vote the way the judge wants. This seems
like a sham election issue to me. Why even put us through the trouble and expense if the outcome is
already pre-determined? If anything seems unconstitutional, it’s this “gun to the head” vote.
Why didn’t the city appeal this matter? The city charter says that only the citizens have the power to
change the zoning. I suggest that everyone vote against the proposed rezoning at the corner of Miles and
SOM Center. Once we vote it down, it seems to me that the mayor and council should uphold their oaths to
support and defend the ordinances and the charter of the city by exhausting all legal avenues in
furtherance of the people’s will.
Chagrin Solon Sun Lett