Zoning Board - 1/3/2009

On January 3, 2009 the Newbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) held a special meeting to vote on amendment 2008-1 in the upstairs meeting room at 8:45 a.m. Alice Munn called the hearing to order with Bill Skomrock Sr., Judd Douglas, Chris Yeacker and Robert Ruckstuhl present.

Alice read the letter from trustee Bill Skomrock requesting a change of date for the joint zoning meeting to January 31, 2009.

Chris Yeacker and Bob Ruckstuhl attended the Trustee meeting on Dec. 17 to ask for clarification on the Oberland Park rezoning issue.  The trustee consensus was to move forward on the rezoning from residential R-1 to Active Park AP with no changes.  

David Snively explained the regulations for the driveway, buffers, sports fields etc.  He contacted our county prosecutor whose opinion was the trustees could preserve areas with deed restrictions rather than encumber the property “in perpetuity” with ODNR for the relatively minor nature trail grant.  The Trustees adopted a resolution of intent to preserve the woods and wetlands. Judd Douglas asked if this was in the trustee minutes.

Karen Endres reported that both Les Ober and Roger Mesak had not completed the plans for active park use areas and recommend that the amendment be approved as presented.  Changes for specific passive park uses can be made when future plans are finalized.  The County Planning Commission approved the land use plan for Active Park.

Bob Ruckstuhl moved to approve the amendment as presented; Chris Yeacker seconded the motion with a roll call vote:

    Bob Ruckstuhl            yes
    Chris Yeacker            yes
    Alice Munn            yes
    Bill Skomrock            yes
    Judd Douglas            no

Recommendation of the Zoning Commission, Forms 31 and 32, were completed and signed for the Trustees to complete the amendment process with a Public Hearing.

Discussion continued regarding appointment openings on the Zoning Commission, both regular and alternate members.  Trustees will schedule interviews for new and renewal members.

Agenda items were proposed for joint meeting discussion including, but not limited to, electronic signs, riparian setbacks, institutional and recreational zoning, churches, adult businesses, general welfare, architectural review board, land use and 208 plans and need for multi-family units.

Minutes of the December 13, 2008 meeting were approved and signed.  

Ms. Munn set the date for the next regular Zoning Commission meeting on Jan. 31, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. to welcome the new ZC members/alternates with the joint zoning meeting with the trustees, BZA members beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Zoning Commission meeting adjourned at 9:30 a.m.

__________________________                 __________________________
Chairman                                    Alice Munn, Vice Chairman

__________________________        __________________________
Jerry Hudak                    Robert Ruckstuhl, 2nd  Alt.

__________________________        __________________________
Judd Douglas, 1st Alt.                Chris Yeacker

Attest: ____________________________Marge Hrabak, Secretary                Date:_______________