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October 13, 2014

Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board

Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2014

The Harrison Township Zoning Appeals Board meeting was called to order by chair Leah Black at 7:00 pm. Present were Leah Black, Kenny Cookson, Margaret “Peggy” Egbert, Frank Miles, Zoning Inspector Joe DeFelice and Harrison Township Clerk MaryAnn Elliott. Larry Smith was absent. Also present were residents Chris Pence, Paul Pence, Kevin and Staci Elliott and Doug Czako.

Clerk MaryAnn Elliott read the minutes from the July 14, 2014 meeting. Peggy Egbert moved and Kenny Cookson seconded a motion to accept the minutes as read. Leah called for a vote and all voted yes. Motion carried.

The clerk also read the minutes from the September 8, 2014 Public Hearing for the variance request for Danny Bailey. Joe mentioned that the requirement is “within a 500 foot radius of his property” not “within a 50 foot radius of his property.” The clerk will correct this error in the minutes. Kenny Cookson moved to accept the minutes as corrected. Frank Miles seconded the motion. Leah called for a vote and all voted yes. Motion carried.

Leah Black called to order the public hearing to review and vote on the Conditional Use Expansion Application for Paul Pence/Penlin Farms, 11658 Bulen Pierce Road, Lockbourne, OH 43137.

Legal Notice was read by Clerk MaryAnn Elliott. MaryAnn also read the purpose statement for the 60’ x 120’ building submitted by Paul Pence.

Joe explained that the zoning resolution calls for screening of equipment from the road and the new building would accomplish this.

Chris Pence stated that all equipment would be kept in the building and no equipment would be parked on the gravel area which is visible from the road.

Leah stated that the 40 foot building shown as a “future expansion” on the drawing is not included in this plan and will require another permit before being built. The “future sign” is also not included in this plan and will require a sign permit before being installed.

Peggy asked who drew the plans. Chris Pence answered that he drew them.

Leah asked all present for any questions regarding the expansion. There were no questions.

Peggy Egbert moved and Kenny Cookson seconded a motion to accept the Conditional Use Expansion Application as submitted. The clerk called for the vote. Leah Black, yes; Kenny Cookson, yes; Peggy Egbert, yes; and Frank Miles, yes. The motion carried. Paul Pence and all board members signed two copies of the plans and stated the requirement of new permits for the future 40’ building and the future sign.

Leah stated that the hearing was closed.


Joe reported that according to the Assistant Prosecutor we need pictures of the business operations at the Burdak residence, such as deliveries, etc.

Danny Bailey has hired a survey company to consolidate his two properties into one parcel. As soon as that is done, he can apply for a zoning certificate for the building on his property. He also reported that he has cleaned up his yard, and Joe plans to verify that tomorrow.

Frank Miles asked about the Lockbourne Eastern Road Ditch project. Joe explained that only seven of the twelve residents signed easements for the project, so the project will be done, but it will be scaled back to using the right-of-way only for the six houses on the south end of the project. The project is out for bid right now.


Kevin and Staci Elliott asked about property line restrictions for neighboring farm land. Joe explained that there are no restrictions for farming. Farmers are allowed to plant and farm right up to the property line. Staci asked how to get the farmers to stay off of their property and to quit running over their stakes. The board members explained that if they contact the farmer they will probably correct the problem. If there is still as issue, it is a civil matter, not a zoning matter.

Peggy asked what Joe has heard regarding the horse training facility. He explained that he hasn’t heard anything because zoning has no authority over that facility.

Kenny moved and Peggy seconded a motion to adjourn at 7:40. All were in favor.

The next meeting will be Monday, January 12, 2015.

MaryAnn Elliott, Harrison Township Fiscal Officer/Clerk