to consider zoning change
Township Zoning Inspector Richard Zopf reported last week that the Township
Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend a zoning change requested
by Roger and Peggy Pitstick for almost eight acres of their property on
East Enon Road.
The request now goes before the Miami Township trustees. The Pitsticks
want the parcel rezoned from industrial to agricultural to allow their
daughter Kathy Sanders to build a residence on the northern part of the
property. There was no public comment at the commissions meeting,
Zopf told trustees at their meeting Feb. 3.
The Zoning Commission made the decision partially based on a recommendation
in January from the Greene County Regional Planning Commission that the
zoning request be granted. Last week, trustee president Chris Mucher,
who is the Townships representative on the regional plan board,
said that the decision was based on partially inaccurate information.
The Regional Planning Commission referred to maps and text from Greene
Countys long-range plan and from the Villages Comprehensive
Plan, both of which show the area as zoned agricultural. It has been zoned
industrial for almost 40 years. Trustees submitted various technical changes
in 2000 to Greene County that were never incorporated into the Countys
plan, Mucher said.
Because the Township has never granted a zoning change requested by an
individual before, trustees are proceeding carefully, Mucher said.
He also said that the trustees must consider a number of factors, including
how many parties will benefit economically from the change and what kind
of precedent the change sets.
The land to be rezoned is part of an area targeted for potential business
development under the Cooperative Economic Development Agreement, or CEDA.
Signed by Village Council and the trustees, the CEDA allows both governments
to work together to promote commercial development here.
The trustees will hold a public hearing on the zoning change at their
meeting March 3. The trustees then have 30 days to make a final decision
to grant, deny or alter the request.
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In other Township business:
Miami Township Fire Chief Colin Altman presented a vehicle replacement
schedule that included two vehicles this year and three more large equipment
trucks in the next 5 to 15 years. This year the equipment capital fund
has $156,000 for a new air truck and a new pickup truck for the fire chief.
The current air truck is 30 years old and a replacement will cost approximately
$120,000. The current pickup truck is 12 years old and its replacement
will cost $27,000.
Altman estimated that the department will have to replace its 1969 water
tanker by 2008 for an estimated $200,000. The townships ambulance
will be 19 years old in 2010, when it will need to be replaced for around
$110,000. Fire-Rescue will have to replace the 1974 American LaFrance
fire engine around 2015 for an estimated $300,000.
Trustees currently add $50,000 to the Townships vehicle replacement
fund each year. Trustees said that the fire levy will need to be renewed
at its current millage in order to meet future equipment needs.
Altman also reported that the fire department will offer an intermediate
Emergency Medical Training course from March through April this spring.
The course offers training in basic EMT procedure, including starting
IVs, cardiac resuscitation and administering diabetes, seizure and
pain medications. The session is taught at Miami Career Technology School
and it costs $350 for non-township residents. Miami Township will cover
the cost of the course for volunteers in exchange for one year of service
on the fire squad.