Last commercial Perrysburg Heights annexation completed

PERRYSBURG — The last commercial annexation from Perrysburg Heights is almost finished with its integration into the city.

The property, which is being referred to as the Taco Bell parcel, was annexed by the city on Sept. 6, but the residential property still needs to have the zoning changed to commercial land. It is one step closer to finishing that process after a Nov. 1 public hearing, held prior to last week’s council meeting.

Mark Easterling, deputy administrator of the city planning and zoning department, presented the request from the city to city council.

He called it the “last commercial annexation,” to match the city land use plan. The annexation and zoning change was added into the plan, before it was finalized.

Council President Jonathan Smith agreed with the description.

“That was the last parcel to be annexed into the city as a commercial property from the Perrysburg Heights Community in Perrysburg Township, under the Perrysburg Land Use Plan, which was approved earlier this year,” Smith said.

Land use plan meetings were filled with Perrysburg Heights residents debating property annexations by the city from the Heights. Council chamber was filled to capacity on those nights.

The property is located to the east, or behind, the Taco Bell at Ohio 25 and 0 Gloria St. The land use is considered single family dwelling. It was part of a four-parcel purchase made on Jan. 11.

Before land use plan discussions were finalized, the new owner, Stephen Fuzinski had requested annexation to the city. The Wood County Auditors map shows part of the parcel to be covered with blacktop and used for parking.

The purpose of the public hearing was to hear public comment in the consideration of the assignment of permanent zoning of C-4 Highway Commercial, for the 0.059 acre parcel.

C-4 Highway Commercial is defined as “areas fronting on major roadways and utilized for all types of businesses, especially those that serve the traveling motorist and patrons throughout the community.”

Easterling pointed out that the parcel to the west of the property are already zoned C-4 Highway Commercial. Properties to the east are residential and, as part of the city Land Use Plan, slated to remain in Perrysburg Township, as part of Perrysburg Heights.

At the Sept. 29 meeting of the planning and zoning commission, a recommendation was made for approval of the assignment of the permanent zoning change, on a unanimous 7-0 vote. The Nov. 1 public hearing was then set and the recommendation was approved. No questions or discussion followed.