About the Hillside Trust

Policy Making assistance for Governments

Highly regarded for our professional and extensive knowledge about the region’s hillsides, The Hillside Trust consults with various municipalities and government planning commissions on land use regulations that pertain to hillside development and preservation.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Involvement in long-range design, land use, and committee chairs for the City of Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission.
  • Professional standing since 1993 with the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton Co. Regional Planning, and the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission to review hillside developments for their geo-technical appropriateness.
  • Being instrumental in passing a landmark cut and fill ordinance for Hamilton County in 1989, requiring all hillside developments to install erosion control measures that protect de-forested slopes from sliding and eroding.
  • Being a key stakeholder in the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission’s HILLS Project to guide and direct hillside growth and preservation over the next 20 years.
  • Promoting and publicizing Cincinnati’s spectacular public overlooks.
  • Taking the lead overseeing a landmark view protection ordinance for the City of Cincinnati that would protect its most outstanding public views.

Clearinghouse for Homeowners and Businesses

The Hillside Trust provides a wealth of knowledge regionally about landslide issues, such as:

  • Fielding scores of phone calls from hillside homeowners when a landslide has damaged their home, property, and/or business, and providing a checklist of professionals to  contact and steps to take to help address the situation.
  • Retaining an archive of hillside development reviews numbering over 350 that it has conducted since 1990.
  • Assisting residents affected by landslides with archived information pertaining to its review of their development for legal purposes.
  • Being the only resource available in the region for this kind of information and knowledge.

Click here for more information in our Landslide Brochure.

Land Conservation

The Hillside Trust engages in land conservation on behalf of private land owners who want to see their land preserved and protected for present and future generations to enjoy.

  • Over 1220 acres of hillside lands in Hamilton, Clermont and Boone Counties have been preserved since 1984. To learn more about donating your land click on Properties.