By Sandi Latimer
A field built specially for the sport of foot golf could be built in the Grove City area now that a 12-acre plot of land has been rezoned to accommodate the activity.
Jackson Township trustees cast a unanimous vote May 19 that would rezone land at 1600 Dyer Road from semi residential rural to exceptional use. The trustees’ vote came one day after the township’s board of zoning appeals had given its approval. The proposal for the recreation area had also been approved by the Southwest Area Commission and the Franklin County Planning Commission.
Bob Clanin, one of the developers, said that this field would be the first one designed specifically for the sport. Others in area are either on a golf course or attached to a golf course.
Foot golf is a combination of soccer and golf. It is played like golf, but uses a soccer ball. The activity has leagues, a state association and even a national association, Clanin said.
Many of the courses consist of 18 holes, but this one is only large enough for nine holes. A parking lot will be able to handle 55 vehicles, and a landscape buffer will separate the area from the residential neighborhood.
However, opposition came from some neighbors.
Amy Dodson expressed her concern about noise and increased traffic in the area. She said that Dyer Road has a lot of traffic already and “we don’t want extra traffic. We don’t want another Stringtown Road.”
Dodson was also concerned that the slamming of car doors and noise from the course would interrupt people who work from their homes.
She had a petition that 15 of her neighbors had signed, citing noise and extra traffic.
“We want to preserve the semi rural atmosphere,” she said. “We don’t need commercial business.”
Upon questioning by trustee Steve Bowshier, Dodson admitted she and her husband had not signed the petition, and none of the petition signers were present.
Despite the opposition, trustees cast a 3-0 vote to rezone the land.
This rezoning issue was one of three on the agenda.
Another item that concerned amending zoning regulations was one that would spell out the frequency of yard sales. Trustees approved a section that allows two such sales a year, each not to exceed three days.
“We’re trying to eliminate the ongoing sales in neighborhoods,” said Township Administrator Mike Lilly.
Also approved was a section allowing ground mount signs that display digital messages.
These signs are permanent fixtures and contain messages that can be changed. The regulations will allow only a single-color message.
An example of such a sign is the one at Fire Station 204 on Buckeye Parkway, Lilly said.
Trustees also approved a resolution proclaiming the week of May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week, and praised the township’s 90 paramedics who undergo 3,000 hours of training a year and make 7,000 runs a year.
“We are grateful to our EMS crew for all their hard work,” said board president David Burris.”We have one of the best EMS departments in Franklin County.”