HARRISON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE PUBLIC HEARING
October 20, 2015
PUBLIC HEARING CALL TO ORDER:
Vice-Chairman Doug Clark called the public hearing of October 20, 2015 to order at 6:30pm at the Harrison Township Building, 2746 Weigand Road, Lockbourne, Ohio and asked Trustee Joe DeFelice to conduct the hearing. Attending were Trustee Doug Clark, Trustee Joe DeFelice, Trustee Paul Welsh and Fiscal Officer MaryAnn Elliott. Also attending were Ken Gillam, Kyle D Tucker, John Timmons, Chad Doll, Dan Mapes, Brian Barger, Doug Czako, Keith Peters and Anna Gillam.
The Clerk read the Legal Notice of Public Hearing and the recommendation of the Zoning Commission.
The Harrison Township Trustees will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Harrison Township Zoning Resolution. The proposed amendment was submitted by The National Lime & Stone Company, 551 Lake Cascade Parkway, Findlay, OH and approved by the Harrison Township Zoning Commission. The proposed amendment, if adopted, would have the following effects:
- Rezone 270.34 acres of land (Parcel D1200030030400) located in Harrison Township, Pickaway County from Farm Residential District to General Business District.
- The proposed use of the subject property is for quarrying/mining operations with such accessory uses including hot mix asphalt and ready-mix concrete plants.
The hearing on this application will be held October 20, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Township Building, 2746 Weigand Road, Lockbourne, OH. At the conclusion of the hearing, the matter will be either adopted or denied by the Harrison Township Trustees.
The proposed plan will be available for public examination, by appointment, with the Harrison Township Zoning Inspector. All questions may be directed to the Zoning Inspector at 614-497-0320.
Recommendation from the Zoning Commission September 28, 2014:
Recommend to accept as amended to a Planned Business for quarrying and mining with a hot mix asphalt and ready mix concrete plant. Recommendation is contingent upon approval of the preferred entrance only.
Trustee DeFelice asked Attorney Brian Barger to present the plan from the National Lime and Stone Company.
Mr. Barger stated that an offer had been signed with AEP to purchase the easement for the entrance onto State Route 23 at the existing traffic light and that will be the entrance to the National Lime and Stone Company. Mr. Barger gave some background information about National Lime and Stone Company and their current operations throughout the state. He pointed out that using the property as a quarry is in compliance with the land use plan and that approval of the plan was recommended by the Pickaway Planning Commission.
The site will employ ten to fifteen full time employees as well as mechanics, etc. The extraction is wet mining from a lake and there is no effect on the water table. The process is environmentally sound with no blasting and no explosives. They will have a truck wheel wash to cut down on the amount of dirt on State Route 23. There will be approximately 150 trucks a day entering and exiting the site at peak operation. The sound levels of operation will not exceed the existing sound levels on State Route 23 and no lights on the property would cause glare or distraction to motorists. A setback of fifty feet around the perimeter of the property with an eight foot high landscaping berm will be maintained.
The company is required to obtain a surface mining permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources who will regulate all operations of the site. The reserves at this site should last about thirty years and the land will be left with a lake. They estimate that approximately five acres will be mined per year. Much of the property will still be farmed.
Anna Gillam asked if there would be any effect on their well. Mr. Barger said if they were going to de-water the property it could, but they will not be de-watering and there will be no effect on the water table.
Ken Gillam asked what kind of effect this mining would have on their property value. Mr. Barger said that studies show that there is no effect on property values from this type of business. Mr. Gillam also shared his concern about adding 150 trucks per day to State Route 23. They currently have that many trucks from their Lockbourne Plant which will be closed, so the number of trucks should be about the same.
Trustee DeFelice asked about the fifty foot setback. It would be from the right-of-way. Trustee DeFelice asked if the landscaping berm along State Route 23 could be higher than eight feet. They agreed to bring the berm up to ten feet and it will have pine trees on top of the berm. The berm will be added as they work the property.
A RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT THIS AMMENDMENT TO THE HARRISON TOWNSHIP ZONING RESOLUTION AS A PLANNED BUSINESS FOR QUARRYING AND MINING WITH A HOT MIX ASPHALT AND READY MIX CONCRETE PLANT, USING THE EXISTING AEP PREFERRED ENTRANCE AND WITH THE LANDSCAPING BERM PARALLEL TO STATE ROUTE 23 BEING BUILT AT LEAST TEN FEET HIGH WITH PINE TREES ON TOP OF THE BERM. Mr. DeFelice moved and Mr. Clark seconded the motion and the Trustees voted. Roll Call: Mr. Clark, yes; Mr. DeFelice, yes; Mr. Welsh, yes. Resolution 15-73 was approved.
With no further comments and all scheduled matters attended to, Mr. DeFelice moved and Mr. Clark seconded the motion to adjourn the October 20, 2015 Public Hearing. All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned at 7:00pm.