Zoning Commission munites 4/22/09

On April 22, 2009 the Newbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) held their regular monthly meeting in the upstairs meeting room of Newbury Town Hall. Alice Munn called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. with Bill Skomrock Sr., Jerry Hudak, Lou Tomsic, Bob Ruckstuhl and Carolyn Paschke present.  The minutes of the Mar. 25, 2009 were approved and signed.


Karen Endres asked if anyone was interested in attending the Zoning Seminars hosted by the Ohio Township Assoc. to be held in Columbus separately for members of the BZA, Zoning Inspectors and Zoning Commission.  Ray Fidel and Marge Hrabak have signed up for the BZA seminar on May 15, 2009.  Karen also related the process for combining lots in subdivisions per Michael Joyce: parcels would be identified/surveyed, removed from the subdivision, recombined as one parcel/survey and reintroduced into the sub-division - all very expensive and time consuming.


Discussion on Adult Business was postponed to the next meeting as Judd Douglas was not in attendance.  Jerry Hudak asked members to read the info on electronic sign regulations, variances granted by the BZA and conditional use permits for specific locations, advertising/billboard vs. community messages (in good taste?) and initial fee of $300 and renewal of $200 after 5 years.  He also asked how many townships follow model zoning?  Karen said 6 now follow but all look to model zoning for guidance with review by the Planning Commission and Prosecutor.  Jerry said he believed the ZC should write simple rules to be monitored by the BZA but no commercial signs should be allowed in the B-1 residential district.  Bob Ruckstuhl said he would email sign panel info for the next meeting.


Alice Munn met with MLB to discuss mutual concerns that were addressed in a review of the Land Use Plan, a trustee mandate.


Alice asked if there was any more discussion regarding the Zoning Amendment 2009-1.  With no more questions, she asked for a motion to 1) approve the amendment, 2) send it to the Planning Commission for review and 3) set a date for a public hearing.  A yes vote would approve the 3 amendment items.


Carolyn Paschke moved to approve items 1,2 & 3 with the public hearing date set for May 27, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.; Lou Tomsic seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was as follows:


                        Carolyn Paschke                                 yes

                        Lou Tomsic                                         yes

                        Jerry Hudak                                        no

                        Bill Skomrock, Sr.                               abstain

                        Alice Munn                                         yes


The motion passed.


The next regular Zoning Commission meeting will be on May 27. 2009 at 7:15 p.m.


The Zoning Commission meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


David Snively passed along the prosecutor’s advice: if the Zoning Commission does not follow Model Zoning, the ZC should record solid reasons why it was not followed.