NORTHFIELD CENTER – Township trustees have rescheduled a public hearing for March 7 at 6:30 p.m. to receive input on text changes to the zoning resolution.
The proposed changes relate to medical and recreational marijuana, outdoor parking of construction vehicles/equipment on residential lots and temporary outdoor fundraisers.
A public hearing originally was scheduled for Feb. 8, but was postponed. Thus, trustees tabled action on a resolution to approve the changes that originally appeared on the Feb. 8 meeting’s agenda.
A proposed new section to Chapter 230 titled “recreational marijuana” states: “Purpose: To establish a ban on the granting of any zoning certificate for any building, structure, use, expansion of use or change or use that would enable the cultivation, processing, distribution or sale of recreational marijuana.
“No existing business in Northfield Center Township may expand in any way that would establish the cultivation, processing, distribution or sale or recreational marijuana.”
A section relating to medical marijuana would read: “Purpose: To establish a ban on the granting of any zoning certificate for any building, structure, use, expansion of use or change of use that would enable the cultivation, processing, distribution or sale of medical marijuana.”
The wording currently reads, in part: “Purpose: To establish a ban on the acceptance of any application for or the granting of any zoning certificate.”
An amendment to Chapter 310 would add a letter H to Section 310.08, which states:
“(1) The outdoor parking or storage of construction equipment/vehicles shall not be permitted on a residential lot.
“(2) A temporary waiver to park construction equipment/vehicles shall be obtained from the zoning inspector for the purpose or construction or repairs to the property, on or near the property, including property used as a staging area.
“(3) A temporary waiver for a construction site of any public construction work will be required.”
As for temporary outdoor fundraisers, a proposed new section would read:
“(1) A permit shall be obtained from the zoning inspector, with the fee to be established by trustees.
“(2) The outdoor fundraiser shall be permitted for no more than two days, and no amusement rides shall be permitted.
“(3) The outdoor fundraiser shall comply with 501 C-3 of the Federal Tax Code.”
Definitions of the following are proposed to be added to Chapter 130: Amusement rides, construction equipment, front yard, rear yard and side yard.
Trustees amended a previously adopted resolution to place a 2-mill additional levy for fire/EMS operations on the May ballot. Interim Administrator Jim Honsberger said the corrections had to be made to satisfy statutory requirements.
The ballot language thus will read as follows:
“An additional tax levy for the benefit of Northfield Center Township, Summit County, Ohio, for the purpose of ensuring sufficient funds for the township’s fire and EMS operating and equipment expenses as authorized under ORC5705.19 (I), at a rate not exceeding 2.0 mills for each $1 of property valuation, which amounts to approximately 20 cents annually for each $100 of valuation, for a continuous term commencing in tax year 2022, and first collected in calendar year 2023.”
The previously adopted resolution read, in part: “which amounts to approximately 7 cents annually for each $100 of valuation.” Honsberger said the change will not cost a property owner any more than the originally stated $70 per year for a property valued at $100,000.
Trustees tabled a resolution to pay VIP Plumbing $2,699 for work in the right-of-way at 8109 Cherry Lane pending talks with the Summit County auditor and prosecutor and township service director.
It was noted the homeowner has paid his share for a stormwater drain connection, but trustees are unsure whether the township is obligated to pay for work in the right-of-way.
Trustees approved hiring Tim Cohn as a part-time snowplow driver after satisfactory completion of all pre-employment testing. He would be paid at a rate specified in the township’s 2022 organizational resolution.
Trustees voiced no objection to the transfer of a liquor permit from Broadview Restaurants LLC to Berna Enterprises LLC for the Coco Bella Grill on West Aurora Road.
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