Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes October 2011

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October 10, 2011

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 AT 8:00PM

Harrison Township Zoning Commission
Meeting Minutes
October 10, 2011

The Harrison Twp. Zoning Commission October meeting was called to order by Chair Mark Coon at 
8:00 P.M.  Present were Barbara Younkin, Mark Coon, Dorothy Green, Joe DeFelice, Carol Balthaser and Aaron Mortrud.

Minutes from the July 11, 2011 meeting were read and approved.

OLD BUSINESS

Mark Coon asked Joe DeFelice to update the Zoning Commission regarding the variance requested for a home occupation for a home-based retail establishment at 15026 Lockbourne Eastern Road.  Joe stated that the new business called the Seed House had received the permit and there is one outside non-residential employee working there.

Dorothy Green stated that Pandora Grain has now paved the lot as specified in the development plan.  Also beginning the weekend of October 8, Pandora started to move the concrete barriers into place.  Joe DeFelice had contacted Pandora Grain on October 5 and explained to them that if progress was not made on the concrete barriers as specified in the development plan, he would begin work to revoke their rezoning.  Dorothy also noted that the yards adjacent to the Pandora lot have been mowed.

NEW BUSINESS

Joe DeFelice notified the Zoning Commission that the Harrison Township website is now available.  The address is www.harrisontwppick.net.  Items such as resolutions, cost of applications, etc. can be found on the website.  Joe recommended that anyone calling the members with questions should be referred to the website for help.

As there was no further business to be discussed, Chair Mark Coon opened the hearing concerning the application of Greenlawn Companies Inc. request to erect a second stick built model home for display purposes on their property at 1390 Duvall Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137.  The chair requested that the legal notice which was published in the Circleville Herald be read and is as follows:

LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC HEARING

The Harrison Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Harrison Township Zoning Resolution and Zoning Map.  The proposed amendment was submitted by Aaron Mortrud, General Manager, Greenlawn Companies, Inc., 555 Greenlawn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43223.  The proposed amendment, if adopted, would have the following effects:

Allow addition of a second model stick built home to the 5.001 acres located at 1390 Duvall Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137

·    The model stick built home will be constructed without water or sewer connections and will be for display purposes only
·    The model will be a two story unit

The hearing on this application will be held October 10, 2011 at 8:00 P.M. at the township house on Weigand Road.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the matter will be referred to the Harrison Township Trustees for further consideration.

The proposed plan and zoning map will be available for public examination at 9626 Shepherd Road by appointment (Phone 614-497-0320.)

Carol Balthaser, Secretary
Harrison Township Zoning Commission
740-983-2637
September 19, 2011

The Secretary was then asked to read the public ground rules for the hearing.

Chair Mark Coon asked for a representative from Greenlawn Companies to address the Zoning Commission regarding the request to erect the second stick built home on their property.  Aaron Mortrud, General Manager, indicated the following:

The location at 1390 Duvall Road has typically been for the sale of modular homes.  The business is switching to stick built homes at this location.  Greenlawn would like to add a two story stick built model home to the location.  It will be slightly to the south of the current one floor plan, closer to Duvall Road.

Barbara Younkin asked whether modular homes would be returned to the sales lot.  Mr. Mortrud replied that they will have only the two model stick built homes at that location.  Greenlawn will continue to be in the modular home business, just not at that location.

Dorothy Green asked whether Greenlawn would be coming back at a later date and asking to erect a third stick built model home.  Mr. Mortrud replied that that would depend on whether their property is taken for the proposed interchange and how profitable the current venture is.  If the interchange does not go in and the current venture is profitable that is a possibility.  Mr. Mortrud went on to explain that the profitable number of display models is usually two.  He felt that the chances of returning to request a third model are slim.  Greenlawn also has a location in Chillicothe where buyers may view options.

Mark Coon asked if the plan is to erect the second model yet this year.  Mr. Mortrud replied that they would like to start building the model as soon as possible.

Barbara Younkin inquired as to whether Greenlawn is open on Sunday.  Mr. Mortrud replied that they do not have Sunday hours and regular hours run from Monday through Saturday.

At this time, the Secretary read a letter from Terry Frazier, Director of the Office of Development and Planning for Pickaway County.  Mr. Frazier stated in the letter that he, along with Glenn Reeser, President of the Pickaway County Board of Commissioners and Pickaway County Planning Commission Chairman; Ryan Scribner, Pickaway County Economic Development Director; and Anthony Neff, Pickaway County Deputy County Engineer and County Project Manager of the proposed Rickenbacker Area East-West Connector had no objection to the requested construction of the display home.  An e-mail was also read from Mike Wawszkiewicz, Project Engineer with ODOT.  His comments were that while erection of a second model home on the Greenlawn property will raise the cost to acquire the property, he felt that there was nothing else out of the ordinary based on the proposed home, and that acquisition for the interchange is still several years away based on the current schedule.

At this time, Mark Coon asked Aaron Mortrud if the two communications gave him any further insight into the plans for the interchange.  Mr. Mortrud replied that the information read was as anticipated and if the interchange was to happen, it was several years away.  He stated that during that time frame, Greenlawn was still going to conduct business as usual since ODOT has been unable to give them a definitive date when their property would be purchased.

As there were no opponents to speak against Greenlawn’s request, Mark Coon called for a motion to vote on the request.  Barbara Younkin moved to grant permission for Greenlawn to erect the second stick built model and Dorothy Green seconded the motion.  Mark then called for a roll call vote on the request.

Mark Coon:        For–I feel that this appears to be a good business decision for them at this time.
Dorothy Green:    For–The first model erected looks great.
Barbara Younkin:    For–With the improvements made to the current buildings, things look great.

The request was approved unanimously by the members in attendance.

At this time, Mark Coon stated that the Zoning Commission’s approval of Greenlawn’s request and signed paperwork would now be forwarded to the Harrison Township Trustees for their consideration.  

The next meeting of the Zoning Commission will be held January 9, 2012 at 8:00 P.M.  At this meeting, a new Chairman will be elected to serve for the 2012 calendar year.

Dorothy Green moved to adjourn.  Barbara Younkin seconded the motion.  Meeting was adjourned.

Carol Balthaser
Secretary