Zoning Commission minutes 3/25/09

On Mach 25, 2009 the Newbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) held their regular monthly meeting in the upstairs meeting room of Newbury Town Hall at 7:25 p.m. Alice Munn called the meeting to order with Bill Skomrock Sr., Judd Douglas, Jerry Hudak, Lou Tomsic and Carolyn Paschke present.  The minutes of the Feb. 25, 2009 were approved and signed.


Lou Tomsic reported on the BZA meeting of Mar 24, 2009 for a Taxidermy Home Occupation permit and 2 variances for building addition and oversize, lighted sign on Kinsman Rd.  The HO & 2 variances were granted with limiting conditions.  Judd Douglas said he will report on the 3/31/09 BZA meeting.


Jerry Hudak questioned the qualifications for ZC membership, ownership requirements and interview procedures.  David Snivelty responded that the interview should be private before the trustees and a ZC member.  Alice Munn said it should be an open process for expectations within the job descriptions.  David concurred the trustees wished to attract and retain good people.  Payment is specified for the BZA in ORC but not for the ZC.  David explained that the Trustees pay expenses for both the BZA and ZC members to attend seminars to stay current with zoning matters.


The board then addressed the topic of adding “General Welfare” to the NZM.  Alice distributed older versions of the NZM that did contain the GW clause.  Carolyn gave a legal interpretation of GW and the challenges pro & con.  Bill said he was opposed because the term is not defined.  David said if GW is not included the ZC should be prepared to defend “why not?”  Glen Quigley reminded all that GW was now part of Ohio law, we can’t pick and choose and the benefits of having GW in the purpose statement.  Carolyn agreed with Glen, that the rules don’t change but GW offers another layer of protection if/when needed.


Lou Tomsic moved to include General Welfare (in place of morals) in Amendment 2009-01 purpose statement, Carolyn Paschke seconded the motion with a roll call vote as follows:         Lou Tomsic                             yes

                        Carolyn Paschke                     yes

                        Bill Skomrock                         abstain

                        Jerry Hudak                            no

                        Alice Munn                             yes

The motion passed.


Prioritizing topics for future discussion:  BZA suggested simplification for economy.  Jerry wanted direction on topics, not just “pet peeves”.  The list compiled at the Joint zoning Meeting should be ordered as “most important topics” on down.  The Trustees should also provide direction on these topics.


Lou and Carolyn asked for previous study of electronic signs and adult businesses to be taken up at the next ZC meeting.  The 2009-1 amendment request missed the deadline for Planning Commission review and new paperwork must be re-submitted for the next meeting.


Alice and Mary Lee Brezina will review BZA concerns and recommendations.


The next regular Zoning Commission meeting will meet on Apr. 22. 2009 at 7:15 p.m.


The Zoning Commission meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.