Focus of water, sewage plans presented to
Granger Township Board of Zoning
Appeals and Zoning Commission
By Rita Jean Wagar
At the Aug. 1 Granger Township Zoning Commission meeting, Jim Troike, of the Medina County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, presented the county’s present and future plans for water and sewage services in Granger Township. He said the immediate focus will be on Medina Road, Ridge Road and the intersection of state Route 94 and Interstate 271.
Troike said water service will continue to be placed along county and township roads, per the request of residents, as growth occurs.
The commission continued discussion on high-density residential zoning regulations (R-2). Currently, Granger Condominiums, located on Granger Road near Medina Line Road, is the only area zoned R-2. The rest of the township’s residential areas are zoned R-1. Translated, this means every building lot must contain a minimum of 2 acres with at least 175 feet of frontage.
However, Commission Chairman Steve Hummel said a developer has expressed interest in expanding high-density residential zoning to an area north of state Route 18 on Beach Road, which is currently zoned R-1.
“There are some ambiguities in the zoning language,” Hummel said. The commission plans to review and fine-tune R-2 zoning regulations when it meets Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
At the Aug. 29 meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), Michelle Sherba informed the board she realized she had only a 1.95-acre lot at 2476 Ledge Road after the state of Ohio purchased three-fourths of an acre of land by eminent domain. Granger residential zoning requires a 2-acre lot with 175-foot frontage. Under the circumstances, the board approved the lot.
“When land is taken, people need to make sure they have enough documentation from the particular entity, proving what transpired at the time of the transaction,” BZA Chairman Joe DeNardi reminded residents.
John Elsey Architects, representing Gasko Inc., 4049 Ridge Road, asked to build an 8,500-square-foot addition to the existing building for a warehouse, which would constitute phase one and be completed in 2007.
The request was approved, with the conditions as follows: fire hydrant lines must be in place, new lighting must be installed and parking spaces must be added.
Also approved was phase two, which is scheduled for construction in 2009 and which will add another 12,000 square feet and 12 more parking spaces.
“The variance was issued to the present owner only and is applicable to no other person,” DeNardi explained.
The board said no to the request of Brenda Ling, 3475 State Road, to build a garage in front of the front line of the house, which sets 115 feet from the road. The front line of the garage would have been 87.2 feet from the center line of the road.
“The house was built in 1977, so the 100-foot setback required in the zoning regulations is in place,” DeNardi said.
The BZA plans to meet Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the Granger Township Administration Building, 3717 Ridge Road, where the zoning office is also located.
During August, Acting Zoning Inspector Nancy West issued permits for two new homes, two storage sheds, one garage, one pool and one pond. She also issued two variance requests and one conditional permit.
Zoning office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.; the office can be reached at (330) 239-3611.