Perrysburg Twp. eyes new zoning PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:18
LIME CITY - Perrysburg Township residents may decide again next year whether they want zoning laws enacted in certain areas.
Township Administrator Walt Celley asked trustees for permission Wednesday to begin looking at zoning proposals that could be placed on the November 2014 ballot. "If you want to do that, we need some direction," he said. "It's a lot of work."
Redefining unzoned areas of the township has been voted down in the past. But officials have experienced some additional problems with landowners, and adding zoning may lessen future nuisances to residents.
Trustees Gary Britten, Bob Mack and Craig LaHote agreed that it might be time to ask voters again whether they want additional regulations placed on land use.
"As the years have gone by, more cases have surfaced that make a strong argument for zoning," Mack said. "And since the last time we tried, we have plenty of situations we can say to people, 'Hey, this would be a good reason to have zoning.'"
About half of the township presently falls under zoning regulations, according to Kelly Hemminger, zoning administrator.
Mack said that if a proposal does move forward and is approved by voters, it's important that property owners currently in unzoned areas aren't met with sudden changes to their land use.
"If there's an industrial use on Glenwood Road, we should zone that industrial, even though it might not be a perfect fit. I don't feel that passing zoning should encumber anybody that's already innocently using their property in what is currently a law-abiding way. I don't want to see them penalized, or worse yet, have their properties be nonconforming."
Nonconforming uses - an industrial warehouse in a residential area, for example - can often make selling or refinancing property difficult, Mack added. "The banks are becoming more sensitive to nonconforming uses."
LaHote likewise suggested recent cases may have turned the tide in favor of zoning in the eyes of some township residents.
"It sounds like we may have a little bit more support from at least a few people in that area."
In other business, trustees gave their approval for the city of Perrysburg to use the township's old fire station while rebuilding a water tower on Fort Meigs Road.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:43

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