Development of our region at the southern end of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is proceeding at a rapid pace.  Below you can see three sites in the Merriman Valley that have been approved for development, or are under consideration.  Infrastructure has not kept pace with development and climate change is accelerating the effects of rainfall and flooding in the Valley.


We believe the Valley needs a Master Plan that balances the region's residential, environmental, business, and recreational needs. This area includes the popular Towpath Trail, the Cuyahoga River, the Scenic Railway, Blossom Music Center, Summit Metro Parks, and major access roads to the National Park.  Tourism is increasing and use of the parks has soared during the pandemic. The future of these valuable assets hinges on careful decision-making now. 


A Master Plan process for a significant portion of the Merriman Valley area is due to begin in Summer 2021 and conclude in 2022. Stakeholder meetings will be held in June. Public meetings will be held on August 17-19, 2021. Your voice and participation are important. Stay tuned!


We applaud the cities of Akron and Cuyahoga Falls for selecting the award-winning, Chicago-based, architecture and planning firm, Farr Associates, to lead the process which will include valuable opportunities for citizen input and voices.  Read more here: https://www.cityofcf.com/news/city-akron-and-city-cuyahoga-falls-announce-joint-venture-create-master-plan-valley


Farr Associates have a stellar reputation for a collaborative approach to city planning and green design.  Their mission states:  "We believe that design and collaboration have unlimited potential to do good." 


Preserve the Valley agrees!


Check out Farr Associates website.

Watch the Cuyahoga Falls Council Meeting introducing Farr Associates and the Master Plan Process



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Sycamore Golf Course
1651 Akron Peninsula Rd 
Under development by Ryan Homes


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Theiss Road
2092 Theiss Rd
Development or Conservation Decision Has Not Been Made by City of Akron
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Riverwood Golf Course
1870 Akron Peninsula Rd
Slated for Petros Housing Development with Public Access Area along the Riverfront