Friday, April 25th, 2014

Jackson Township OKs zoning request

Four parcels of land on the east side of Jackson Pike that Jones Fuel Co. had sought to have rezoned made it through that process Oct. 23.

The Jackson Township trustees approved rezoning it from rural residential to community service commercial as Jones Fuel seeks to expand its business. The 3-0 vote wasnt easy to come by as trustees modified a recommendation agreed to the night before.

The zoning commission had recommended lumping the four parcels into one piece, but this didnt sit well with trustee Steve Bowshier.

Two residences are located on that land.

“I cant vote on that because no more than one residence is allowed per parcel, he said.

The house on the northern most parcel is occupied, but Dave Jones, president of the company, said he could have the house vacated by the end of the year.

Trustees added that stipulation to the proposal before casting their vote.

Jones Fuel sought the full range commercial zoning designation because it wants to expand business for gravel hauling operations. Both Jones and his attorney Rob Rishel stressed that once the gravel-hauling business is developed, the company would apply for annexation into Grove City.

The zoning commissions approval of the request came after Franklin County had rejected it, saying it didnt meet guidelines in the townships 2010 comprehensive plan.

In other news, the trustees next regularly scheduled meeting – Nov. 6 – has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Nov.19. A work session on the budget will begin at noon.  The Nov. 6 meeting was cancelled because that is Election Day and the Township Administration Building is used for a polling place.

Township offices will also be closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day and Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.

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