Perrysburg Twp. rejects rezoning PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:26
LIME CITY - About 30 Perrysburg Township residents protested a zoning change Tuesday, with commission members following by unanimously recommending against the request.
Township trustees will make the final decision on whether five parcels totaling about 94 acres in the northern part of the township should be changed from A-1 Agricultural to I-2 Industrial zoning. The request, for property located south of Rossford and east of Interstate 75 near Glenwood and Lime City roads, was made by Brian McMahon of Danberry National Ltd., an agent representing the property owners.
McMahon reiterated thoughts he shared with Wood County Planning Commission, which recommended approval of the change earlier this month, claiming efforts to sell and develop the property have been hindered by not having a proper zoning classification in place. He said companies like FedEx have rejected ideal locations due to improper zoning.
"Even though there were properties that were better located for their intended purposes, those sites were not considered and did not make the short list because the property wasn't zoned," he said.
McMahon said there is not currently an intended use for the land, and that development efforts would require further approval by township officials. He said the area would be desirable to companies interested in easy access to I-75.
Commission members made few comments of their own, allowing property owners to share their thoughts.
Residents' concerns centered around disruption to their residential property already in the area and a negative affect on value, as well as safety concerns that industrial traffic could bring to already-congested Glenwood and Lime City roads. They insisted that plenty of other areas in the township could be used for industrial development, and those would not have as severe an impact on residential neighborhoods.
Several residents and zoning commission members separately pointed out that the township's 2010 master plan designates the area for medium-density residential use rather than industrial.
"It's kind of like rolling the dice," resident Phillip Cramer said of making the zoning change with hope that a company accommodating to neighbors would eventually purchase the land.
Commission members voted 5-0 against the request, which will ultimately be decided by trustees. A future public hearing, likely in May, will be scheduled when trustees meet Wednesday, said Kelly Hemminger, the township's zoning inspector.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:00

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