Following a public hearing Monday, which resulted in no input from the public, Solon City Council unanimously approved a renewal application to place a Bainbridge Road property into an agricultural district.

The property in question was the subject of zoning ballot Issue 110 that failed at last November’s ballot.

A public hearing was opened before City Council for the renewal application for placement of farmland in an agriculture district for 39350 Bainbridge Road LLC from Avigail Harris of Beachwood. Along with her husband Yisrael, the couple proposed last year a $200 million mixed-use development for their land in Solon, which would include a winery restaurant, townhomes, a boutique hotel and more.

City Planning Director Robert S. Frankland explained that the land has been in an agricultural district since 1999. The district is allowed under sections of the Ohio Revised Code. The designation allows land to be taxed at an agricultural value rather than market value, Mr. Frankland explained, and provides protection for agricultural use and from utility assessments and eminent domain.

Every five years, this designation must be renewed, he added.

The agricultural use identified for the property is forest management, Mr. Frankland said.

The request includes acreage both on Bainbridge Road and Dorsett Lane amounting to 103 acres.

The city had the option of approving, modifying or rejecting the request.

The label of agricultural district is administered through the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office.

Solon has a small amount of properties that fall under this designation. Some of those lots are located on Aurora and Chagrin River roads and range from 20 acres to 40 acres.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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