Walnut Township
Zoning Commission
11420 Millersport Road
Millersport, Ohio 43046
(740) 467-2430   FAX (740) 467-3283

September 20, 2011  8:00 PM

Attendees: Tim Morris, Sally Hempleman, Allen Turnbull, and Mike Wolfe

Others: Ralph Reeb, Zoning Inspector, Tonya Kahley, Zoning Secretary, Terry Hord, Township Trustee

Public: None

Mike Wolfe, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 8:03 PM.

Reading, Approval and Signing of the August 25, 2011, special meeting minutes.
Hempleman  moved and Turnbull seconded the motion to accept the meeting minutes as presented.  The motion passed unanimously

Old Business:
Reeb asked the Zoning Commission if they had a chance to review the fencing portion of the Township Zoning Resolution. He asked that they review it for discussion at another meeting. There was discussion on what constitutes a fence and what constitutes a trellis. Morris indicated that there cannot be exceptions made on a person by person basis. Reeb indicated that he has talked with the County Prosecutor who referred it to someone else in the prosecutor office.  The Zoning Commission will discuss this again.

New Business:
Reeb explained that for application 11-39, there will need to be a decision tonight or another meeting scheduled before October 20 to send the recommendation to the township Trustees.

Morris said that he has gone throughout the Township and there is other boat storage happening that is more than just the owner’s boat.  He said that Myers and Fisher are doing this correctly by coming to the Zoning Commission for their recommendation.

Reeb said that as long as it is 7 acres, the survey can be done according to the preferences of the neighbors and the Zoning Commission, prior to going to the Trustees.

Wolfe observed that the Township frowns on spot zoning, but there is no other place to put this business.  He pointed out that this is why the RMU was created for the Township. Morris agreed with Wolfe.  Turnbull said that the property is less than 2 miles from Buckeye Lake.

Morris pointed out that just a mile down the road, there is other boat storage occurring now.

Morris moved to send the recommendation to the trustees to approve the application with the condition that any new buildings will be placed on the west side of the water way in compliance with Soil and Water Conservation District. Hempleman seconded the motion. Roll Call – Hempleman yes, Morris yes, Wolfe, yes, and Turnbull yes.  The recommendation will be sent to the Trustees as approved by the Zoning Commission.

Public Input:

There was a decision by the judge on the Mock property.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Turnbull moved to cancel the November 15 meeting and hold the next meeting on January 4, 2012 for their annual organizational meeting. Hempleman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Tim Morris announced that he is tendering his resignation from the Zoning Commission.  He will be presenting this to the Trustees in writing. He said his term would be up at the end of December, 2011.

Hempleman moved and Morris seconded the motion to adjourn.  The motion passed.

The meeting adjourned at 8:26 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Tonya Kahley
Zoning Secretary

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