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December 19, 2016



DECEMBER 19, 2016

The Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board held a special meeting at 7:00pm on December 19, 2016 at the Harrison Township Building, 2746 Weigand Road, Lockbourne, Ohio.  This meeting was to hear, review and vote on a Zoning Variance for 122.687 acres in Harrison Township.  The land is South of Airbase Road and between SR 762 and Lockbourne Eastern Road.  The Zoning Variance was requested by NorthPoint Development, 5015 NW Canal Street, Riverside, Missouri.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Leah Black at 7:00pm.  The following were present:  Peg Egbert, Frank Miles, Buck Spangler, Leah Black, Debi Hulse and Doug Czako.  Absent was:  Kenny Cookson.  Also present were:  Nate Green, Montrose Group representing NorthPoint; Brent Miles, NorthPoint; Todd Cunningham NorthPoint; Bob Gude, NorthPoint.  Interested citizens and neighbors present were:  Kendra Miles, Brenda Miller, Bonnie Wohnhas, Jules Henson and Trent Carr.

Before the meeting Doug Czako handed each Board Member a copy of the updated map which shows the acquisition of the 4 new properties which have been purchased by Northpoint.  He also handed out a letter from Todd Cunningham, EMHT; To NorthPoint dated September 29, 2016.  It outlines the Drainage Plan for the site.  Each member was given adequate time to review these documents.  Debi Hulse read the Rules for the Hearing.  Debi read the Legal Notice which was published in The Circleville Herald.

Doug explained why this meeting is being held.  Doug read the zoning codes to be addressed at tonight’s meeting.

Brent Miles from NorthPoint talked about the Storm Water analysis which is on page 7, Exhibit F of the document.  He said they have 2 outside drainage easements arranged.  They are working with the Wards and Hensons who own farms east of the property.  The drainage for this property goes east.  The Wards and the Hensons have agreed for a 24” pipe to be run across their farms to carry water away from the site.  The water will be collected and maintained in a retention pond and then the 24” pipe will be used to carry it to Walnut Creek. 

Todd Cunningham from EMHT spoke.  The study showed that drainage with existing drainage tiles, and ditches have failed.  The option they have chosen is to build ponds which will collect and control all surface water from the 122 acres.  The water will then be released through a 24” pipe which will carry it across the farms to Walnut Creek.  The pipe will be at the South Eastern corner of the property.  The ponds will be oversized to manage all the water.  NorthPoint is under obligation to maintain the pipe.  This obligation goes with the property and new owners.  This will be a controlled system to handle all surface water on the property. 

Frank Miles showed pictures of his property flooded with 1” of rain this weekend.  He explained how his and the Egbert property floods.

Todd Cunningham talked about the Traffic Study.  The Traffic will be coming off of Ashville Pike.  The plan has been approved by the Pickaway Co. Engineers Office and ODOT.  The turn lane has been approved. 

Nate Green addressed the 4 points to be covered in tonight’s meeting.   The major issue is the ponding and run-off water from the site is being addressed with the pond and the pipe. 

Trent Carr asked about the 4 points.  He addressed the water issue.

Nate stated that the 4 points listed in the application needed to be okayed.  NorthPoint needs to get the Zoning Variance before zoning permits can be issued.

Jules Henson spoke.  He stated that he believed the option to take care of the water issue will work.  He stated that he believed everyone will benefit from this.  The water will have an outlet.  He is comfortable with what they are doing.

Frank Miles spoke.  He stated that he thinks it will benefit the Henson’s and Ward’s.  The Miles’, Carr’s and Egbert’s may not get any benefit from this plan.  They will still have water issues.

NorthPoint is willing to check the water issue for the Miles, Egberts and Carrs.  NorthPoint is not responsible for their water issue, but if they can help, they will. 

Frank moved that the Zoning Appeals Board vote on the Variance.  2nd by Buck Spangler.  Voting results:

Buck Spangler                 Yes to accept the Variance

Frank Miles                     No – to deny the Variance. 

Peg Egbert                      No – to deny the Variance

Leah Black                       No – to deny the Variance

The vote was 3 against and 1 for the Variance.

Reasons for members to deny the Variance:

Frank Miles           He wants to back the Zoning Commission’s decision to deny the    

                                      rezoning.  He is worried about the water issues.

Peg Egbert             Peg hopes that the water issue turns out differently than it is

                                      Now.  With this plan, she will be surrounded by ponds and

                                      Problems that come with them, such as geese and mess.

Leah Black             Leah is worried about the water issue.  Water has always been a


NorthPoint asked where they go from here.  Doug Czako answered, Common Pleas court.

After the vote, Buck Spangler made a motion to rescind the vote and table the vote for 30 days to allow NorthPoint to do additional studies on how to help the neighbors with water issues.  Frank Miles 2nd the motion.  Vote was unanimous to table the vote on this Zoning Variance for 30 days.    

This application’s vote will be tabled until January 30, 2017 at 7:00pm.

Peg moved to adjourn the meeting.  Frank 2nd.  Meeting adjourned.

Debi Hulse

Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board


Approved as corrected