Harrison Township Zoning Commission
April 14, 2014
The Harrison Township Zoning Commission January meeting was called to order by chairperson Kelly Spriggs at 8:00 pm. Present were Kelly Spriggs, James Wells, Doug Czako, Ronde Cook-Burshart, Joe DeFelice, and Robin Welsh. Trevor Younkin was absent
Minutes from the January 27, 2014 meeting were read. Ronde made a motion the minutes be approved. Kelly seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Kelly Spriggs asked Joe DeFelice for a follow-up to the hearing on January 27th. Joe stated the signs were posted per the recommendation made to the Trustees.
Joe shared an update on the Burdak residence. The complaint is completed but there is not a true contractual agreement with the prosecutor’s office yet.
Joe shared the Bailey residence is still not cleaned up. The prosecutor’s office has given the residents until the 24th to comply with the notice served. Joe shared he has seen no evidence of an attempt to clean up the property so far.
Kelly shared she is continuing research on blighted and vacant properties. Kelly shared that blighted properties are land/residence that is in a dilapidated, unsafe, and unsightly condition. She will email the information she has found to each of the board members in preparation for further discussion at the July meeting.
Kelly stated concerns regarding sludge lagoons. Joe shared he would bring up the subject at the next trustees meeting.
Kelly inquired to the proper procedure to make an amendment to the resolution. She was referred to Section 6.04 and 6.05 of the Official Zoning Regulations of Harrison Township. First there is to be a notice in the paper, a public hearing by this board and then a public hearing by the trustees.
Joe shared Duke will be building a new warehouse on Rickenbacker Parkway by the Hyper Logistics building. The land is already approved and set for Rickenbacker Development District. Joe stated as long as there are no changes to the plan previously submitted he will approve it. He shared this building should add significant income for the township.
Joe shared Chris Pence submitted a development plan for changes to the building at Penlin Seeding at the Paul Pence property on Bulen Pierce Road. A portion of this farm was zoned GB with conditional use H&N in November of 2008.
The development plan submitted by Mr. Pence in January was denied due to lack of information. Sec. 11.02.07 (2-2) states “a development plan shall contain a site plan for the property, drawn to scale, showing all property lines and building outlines, access drives, parking areas, and other notable physical features, including underground drainage systems. In addition, the Development Plan shall contain a narrative description of the proposed use and how such use will impact adjacent property. The Development Plan shall contain specific information identifying such impacts, including, but not limited to storm runoff and traffic, and how such impacts will be addressed in development of the property”. Joe stated this information was not part of the development plan submitted and it was denied. There was no written narrative and the drawing was not to scale and did not include all the information needed. Joe shared with Mr. Pence that information regarding the requirements for a Development Plan is available on the Harrison Township Website. The original plan included a building that blocked sight of parked equipment from the road. This complied with the section of the resolution stating the need for fencing or screening devices to obscure the view of equipment. A crushed asphalt pad has been added to the side of the building since the development plan was denied on January 10, 2014. Equipment that is currently parked on this asphalt can be seen from the road. Therefore, Mr. Pence is currently in violation. Mr. Pence needs to submit a development plan for parking or for a building. Joe contacted Mr. Pence on April 14, 2014 and asked if he intended to build on the property. Chris stated he is not currently planning to proceed with the building.
Joe asked the boards opinion of the violation. Kelly stated yes he is in violation. Jim said yes he is in violation. Ronde stated Joe needs to have a conversation. Joe stated he spoke with Chris asking for future plans to build and Chris said he plans to build in the future but no current plans.
Ronde said we need to give a heads up notice. Joe said he does not give a heads up, he gives notice of violation. Joe said he will call Chris tomorrow and tell him he is currently in violation.
Kelly state it is not the boards call how Joe does his job.
Jim asked how high of a fence does it need to be.
Joe said the development plans need to state the type and height of the fence as well as the height of the equipment.
Kelly asked if there was any additional new business.
Jim made a motion to adjourn.
Ronde seconded the motion.
Next meeting will be July 14, 2014.