Zoning commission hears request for rezone; seeks new board member
By Randa Wagner
The former Ohio Paper Stock building on CR 30 8657 in Washington Township may soon be the site of a working business.
The owner of a business in Marion County is seeking to locate some of his existing production at the site, a 70 x 120 ft. building on 3 acres with 3-phase wiring and truck bays. The zoning needs to be changed from ‘residential’ to industrial to accommodate the request.
Rural Zoning Commission members discussed the matter at their January 30th meeting.
“The zoning maps were drawn up in June of 2007,” said Zoning Inspector Dan Lemke, “and because the building was vacant when the zoning took effect, it was included in the residential zoning.”
Commission members said when all the paperwork is turned in, the commission can start the process of notifications and setting a public hearing date 20–40 days from the acceptance of the paperwork. A public hearing is an opportunity for neighboring residents (to the structure in question) to voice any concerns regarding the rezoning of the property.
A hearing date was set for Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. so the matter could be discussed at the zoning commission’s Feb. 25 meeting. Their recommendations will be sent to the Regional Planning Commission by their next meeting on February 27. This will allow RPC to get back to the county commissioners, who then have a meeting and render a decision.
Deana Detwiler’s resignation from the commission leaves a vacancy, and a second alternate is needed as well.
Zoning Administrative Assistant Kay Hass said she’d done a draft of a letter to the commissioners regarding Detwiler’s resignation and requesting a replacement be appointed from a township not already represented on the zoning commission.
“We were drafting a memo from the commissioners to the township trustees informing them we need candidates from Canaan, N. Bloomfield and Congress,” Hass said, adding she would finish the letter and prepare it for delivery.
Election of 2013 officers for the Rural Zoning Commission will be postponed until the February meeting due to the vacancies.
Financial report December showed an income of $310.50, expenses of S11,032.50 leaving a balance of $48,157.72 as of Dec.31, 2012.
Zoning Inspector Lemke reported people are responding to the certified letters they have received informing them they need to get permits for the structures the auditor’s office discovered when the assessor did their reappraisals on county properties.
“Every 3 – 6 years properties are reappraised and reports come in of accessory buildings that are new since the last appraisal that should be paying property taxes,” explained Lenke. “If a permit was not filed for the structure, it needs to be filed at this time.”
The purpose is not to slap penalties on people or generate income, said Lemke, but to keep the records straight.
“When the auditor’s report came in, there were so many (adjustments) that we scratched off any that were under $10,000,” he said. “Folks need to come in an apply for a permit if it was built after zoning went into effect.”
He said county zoning only covers 7 of 16 townships, and 6 of those 7 only came in under the plan at the end of 2003. Structures built after that should have permits.
The next meeting for the Rural Zoning Commission is Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room on W. Walnut Street.