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July 7, 2014

Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board

Meeting Minutes

July 7, 2014

The Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board meeting was called to order by chair Leah Black at 7:00 pm. Present were Leah Black, Margaret “Peggy” Egbert, Frank Miles, Larry Smith, Kenny Cookson, Joe DeFelice, and Robin Welsh.

Minutes from the April meeting and June hearing were not read. They will be read at July 14th meeting in addition to the minutes from this meeting.

Leah Black called to order the appeals hearing for HC Diversified, LLC, 4324 St. Paul Road, Ashville, OH 43103, for request for lot split variance on parcel #D12-0-002-00-090-00. A 38.121 acre parcel of land on the southeast corner of Lockbourne Eastern Road and Saint Paul Road.

Legal Notice was read by secretary, Robin Welsh

Letter submitted by Rich Ackison was read by secretary, Robin Welsh

Article VIII, variances, section 8.01 Powers of the Board of Zoning Appeals from the Official Zoning Regulations was read by secretary, Robin Welsh

Hearing Ground Rules were read by secretary, Robin Welsh

Present:               Rich Ackison, 13597 Leeper Perkins Rd, Marysville, OH 43040

Rick and Debbie Knapp, 13366 Lockbourne-Eastern Road, Ashville, OH 43103

Will Cline, 5615 Fosnaugh School Road, Stoutsville, OH 43154

Sam Hall, 4324 Saint Paul Road, Ashville, OH 43103

Peggy and Chuck Perrill, 12938 Hoover Road, Ashville, OH 43103

Michael Stuckman, 8960 St. Rt. 762, Orient, OH

Dana & Jackie Noble, 12897 Lockbourne-Eastern Road, Ashville, OH 43103

Joe DeFelice stated that per the zoning resolution only one lot can be broken off an existing lot.

Sam Hall stated the updates that would be made to the parcel would include improvements to the ditch would assist the community and allow better access for buses by building up the curb.

Jackie Noble asked is there a minimum square footage required of the homes built on the proposed lots.

Sam Hall stated yes, 1800 square feet for a ranch and 2400 square feet for a 2 story. All houses would be stick built.

Rich Ackison stated there would be a restriction on the lots not allowing any type of livestock.

Mike Struckman inquired as to the size of each proposed lot.

Rich Ackison stated 2 acres.

Mike Struckman stated the current farm on the lot is systematically tiled and he has concerns regarding how the new construction will affect the drainage. What will you do about the tile running through?

Check Perrill stated the water runs south. There will be a lot more water on the tile with 7 new houses. It will cause problems with the fields draining. This will affect my livelihood.

Sam Hall stated all the water will run south.

Mike Struckman stated the tile runs east and south.

Peggy Perrill stated it is not just about the surface drains. It is important to maintain the integrity of the land and soil. 7 lots is a housing development. There is infrastructure that needs to be established. Who will take on the burden of the changes? Safety is also a consideration.

Sam Hall stated the school buses on that road are now already a dangerous situation.

Joe DeFelice stated there is a zoning resolution regarding rural versus a housing development.

Rich Ackison said the proposed 7 lots would fall under county guidelines because there would be over 5 houses.

Peggy Perrill said she would hope plans outlining following those guidelines would be in place before a variance would be granted.

Jackie Noble stated being on the opposite side of the street she had concerns regarding how this would affect their home. She said before she had to spend $30,000 to repair and reroute drainage. How will these new houses and the drainage affect us?

Sam Hall said, “I can’t tell you where those tiles are but, we would fix the tiles.”

Rich Ackison stated there are rules that we have to follow.

Peggy Perrill said history has shown that people don’t always follow the guidelines.

Rich Ackison said they have to be buildable lots approved by the county health department.

Peggy Perrill said, “again houses were built and did not follow the regulation and sat empty so there was no one to fix the problems.”

Sam Hall said, “What I’m asking for is not any different than the houses that are there.

Leah Black asked the board if they had any questions.

Kenny Cookson stated he believed Sam would build according to the guidelines and would do everything that was needed.

Leah Black asked for a vote for the proposed variance request. Secretary, Robin Welsh, to a roll call vote.

Margaret “Peggy” Egbert – no

Larry Smith – no

Kenny Cookson – no

Frank Miles – no

Leah black – no

Frank Miles stated I am saying no because the variance is so large.

Kenny Cookson made a motion to approve the voting down of the variance.

Peggy seconded motion

Next meeting will be Monday July 14, 2014

Robin Welsh