Zoning Commission 5-26-10

On May 26, 2010 the Newbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) held their regular monthly meeting in the upstairs meeting room of Newbury Town Hall.  Carolyn Paschke called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. with Jerry Hudak, Lou Tomsic, Judd Douglas, Sue Wagner and Steve Kitko present.  She reminded everyone that the meeting time had been changed to 7:00 p.m.  The minutes of the April 28, 2010 were approved and signed.

Karen Endres updated the group on the on-going complaint by the Fair Housing Group that Newbury zoning is not in compliance with Federal regulations – specifically citing the 1 mile distance between group homes.  Judd Douglas agreed to review model zoning for adult group homes.  Abe Cantor suggested hiring a Professional Planner to review any changes.

Karen also asked the board to reinstate requiring permits for porches, patios, gazebos, pavilions in Accessory Structures Use Sec. 5.02A(4) – inadvertently omitted in last change.  Board voted:

                Carolyn Paschke                               yes

                Lou Tomsic                                          yes

                Judd Douglas                                     yes

                Jerry Hudak                                        no

Lou Tomsic and Sue Wagner covered review of Wind Turbines with proposed Middlefield Village ordinance and Munson Township  code (sent via email) suggesting Newbury copy the Munson code using the setback restriction of 1.1 times the total turbine height per ORC regs.  Steve Kitko introduced new roof-top devices that GE will market in the US.  The board agreed a separate Article should include Alternate Energy Sources to include wind, solar, et al.  This subject requires more discussion and was tabled for the next meeting.

 Discussion followed on definitions/distinctions between restaurants, taverns, deli’s, fast food sales etc. 

Vs. Health Dept. and liquor law regulations and whether permits and/or conditional use permits are required.  Lou Tomsic will research for the next meeting.

 Problems with outdoor boilers, especially from smoke in summer use, and subsequent rental use of in-law suites continue sporadically.  The board agreed not to take any action now but let the zoning inspector handle complaints on a case-by-case basis.

 The setback rules for Adult Businesses were discussed – the current zoning map showing the 500 ft. setback from R-1 would allow east lots on Cross Creek Parkway to qualify for Adult Business location and comply with Model Zoning.

 The next regular meeting is scheduled for June 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

The Zoning Commission meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.