Violet Twp. delays zoning change

Residents who attended the Sept. 19 Violet Township trustee meeting were disappointed to learn that once again the public hearing to discuss an application filed by The McKnight Group was postponed.

The application in question proposes to amend the Violet Township zoning code by amending the Violet Township zoning map to rezone three acres on the west side of Pickerington Road, owned by and adjacent to Pickerington Church of the Nazarene from a Planned Residential District classification to a R-2 Single Family Residential District in order to accommodate church parking and church related activities.

Matt Davis of the McKnight Group stated that unforeseen site engineering problems have created delays that must be resolved. Davis said a continuation of at least four weeks would be needed. He cited rezoning issues and storm drainage concerns for the delay.

Violet Township resident Rocco Sabatino pleaded with the trustees to consider the consequences of rezoning the area in question. Sabatino stated that potential rezoning of planned development areas is a freighting issue to many Violet Township citizens.

"I hope the board does not plan on breaking up a planned development.  Citizens want to know that areas designated as planned developments can be relied upon once they are put into place. It’s simply a matter of integrity and stability," said Sabatino.

The new hearing is slated for Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Violet Township Administrative Offices, 12970 Rustic Drive, Pickerington.

Other Violet Township news

•Violet Township Fire Department Station 592, located at 8700 Refugee Road NW, will hold an open house on Oct. 14 from 1-3 p.m.   

•The Violet Township Bicentennial Web site is now operational. Community members are encouraged to visit for bicentennial information.  

•Fire Chief Kenn Taylor was recently honored as Chief Fire Officer, a designation from the Commission of Professional Credentialing.  This title is held by only 506 firemen in the world.

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