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Green officials discuss projects in city

10/10/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

GREEN — The city of Green continues to evolve.

The bustling community typically has numerous projects taking place simultaneously, and some of these undertakings were discussed by Green City Council during the Oct. 9 committee and regular meetings.

A public hearing was held at the start of the regular meeting concerning the establishment of a street lighting district for CVS Drive, which runs behind the newly constructed CVS Pharmacy and Minute Clinic on Massillon Road.

No one spoke in favor of or against the proposed street lighting district.

Council President Dave France (at large) explained three lights would be installed on CVS Drive at the expense of the project developer.

Council will vote on the street lighting district later this month.

Additionally during the meeting, Council reviewed an ordinance that would declare a portion of improvements to certain parcels of real property owned by Green Village Realty LTD to be a public purpose, exempting a percentage of the value of the improvements from real property taxation for 30 years.

Councilman Chris Humphrey (at large) said the tax incremental financing agreement would assist in the establishment of a 70,000-square-foot skilled care and rehabilitation facility on Moore Road. He said the Green Village Nursing Facility would be a $4 million investment in Green and open to patients in June 2014. Humphrey added Green Local Schools would receive tax money associated with the project and not be impacted negatively by the agreement.

During the Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, held prior to the regular meeting, Councilman Gerard Neugebauer (at large) gave a summary of the Sept. 18 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC), shedding light on future and ongoing projects in the city.

He reported the PZC made a favorable recommendation to Council for the acceptance of the final plat of the Lakes of Green Subdivision. Neugebauer explained the final plat is Phase 2 of the subdivision and would consist of 39 lots on 26.35 acres. With the new phase, the subdivision would feature 128 lots, located on the east side of Myersville Road and north of East Turkeyfoot Lake Road, he said.

The PZC also approved the preliminary plan renewal for Stony Creek Estates, a 229-lot subdivision on Greensburg Road, just west of Thursby Road and north of Gray Fox Estates. Neugebauer explained the plan was revised to reduce the number of lots in Phase 4 from 34 to 18 lots, designating the remaining 18 lots to a later phase. He added the applicant also removed two back-to-back cul-de-sac streets and is providing a connecting street.

The PZC also discussed a preliminary plan for a 14-lot subdivision, known as Stony Creek, at the west end of Stoney Pointe Drive. Neugebauer said the preliminary plan was reviewed and conditionally approved by the PCZ in April. However, the Board of Zoning Appeals later denied the applicant’s variance request in June, nullifying the approval. Neugebauer said the applicant wanted to eliminate the stub road extension of Stoney Pointe Drive west to the Rabl property. He said the PZC argued that the stub road should remain. Neugebauer explained the applicant withdrew the request and would present a new plan soon.

In addition, the PZC voted to make a favorable recommendation to Council to change the “adult family home” classification of the Land Development Code to be consistent with the Ohio Revised Code. He said the change would allow a maximum of six adults to live in a home, opposed to the current code, which limits the number to five adults. Neugebauer explained “adult family homes” are defined as group homes for persons with mental or developmental disabilities, and they currently are permitted in all of the residential zoning classifications.

During the Transportation, Connectivity and Storm Water Committee meeting, also held prior to the regular meeting, Public Service Director Randall Monteith discussed a slippage area discovered during an improvement project on state Route 619. He said the slippage was found just west of Miller Park Road and east of the Frito Lay facility. Monteith explained the area temporarily was stabilized so a permanent fix could be identified. He said Council would be asked soon to approve an approximate $78,000 contract with Spano Brothers Construction — offering the lowest of three quotes — to complete necessary emergency repairs.

Council also accepted Mayor Dick Norton’s appointment of Robert Speight to the Board of Zoning Appeals, at the close of the regular meeting.

The next Council meeting is set for Oct. 22, starting at 5 p.m. for committees and followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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