Minutes: October 26th, 2022

OCTOBER 26, 2022
Chris McIntire
Dan Habegger
Molly O’Neil
Michael Prosser
John Granziles
Laura Enderle
Philip Enderle
Brian Snyder

Members of the Commission in attendance were Chairperson Jordan Davenport, Paul Shaw, Dr. Gregory Hart, Kevin Howe and Alternate Bill Barnes. Also in attendance were Todd Bickley, Zoning Inspector and Matt Montowski, Trustee.

Chairperson Davenport called the meeting of the Catawba Island Township Zoning Commission to order at 7:00 p.m. For the record, he identified the date as October 26, 2022. The Zoning Commission procedure was reviewed by Chairperson Davenport.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Chairperson Davenport reviewed the agenda.
Agenda Item 1 – Request for a Zoning Amendment
Case #157876 JTG Hospitality, LLC “A” to “R-E”
Chairperson Davenport noted that the application is a request to rezone three (3) parcels of land in Lot 1 Section 3 of Catawba Island Township as identified by the Parcel ID numbers in the application, from the “A” Residential Low-Density District to the “R-E” Residential Estate District. The property address is 1217 NE Catawba Road and the applicant is JTG Hospitality, LLC.
Chairperson Davenport questioned if case #157876 was correct. Mr. Bickley indicated the case number was correct. Chairman Davenport questioned if the legal description was attached. Mr. Bickley noted that the legal description was attached.
Dr. Gregory Hart indicated that he had a conflict of interest.
Chairperson Davenport recognized Michael Prosser and Mr. Prosser introduced John Granziles, property owner. Mr. Prosser indicated that the property owner is requesting a rezoning to the “R-E” District and then will submit a Planned Unit Development (PUD) application. Mr. Prosser noted that the development will contain 12 – 13 lots and multi-family housing. The existing commercial zoning along NE Catawba Road will not be rezoned, but will be part of the overall development. Mr. Prosser acknowledged that a restaurant is proposed for the property currently zoned “C-3”. Mr. Prosser also noted that the development will not be part of Marsh’s Edge and will have one (1) entrance off NE Catawba Road.
Chairperson Davenport read the ORPC letter recommending approval of the rezoning application.
Mr. Bickley commented that he has not received written communication, but several individuals did visit the office with questions.
Dan Habegger questioned density. Mr. Bickley indicated that the property is recommended by the Catawba Island Township Land Use Plan for high density residential/recreation-commercial uses. High density residential is defined as to four (4) units per acre. Mr. Prosser noted that the density could be four (4) or more units. Chairperson Davenport clarified that the township may permit more than four (4) units per acre.
Philip Ederle questioned whether the rezoning request meets the long range plan. Chairperson Davenport reviewed the ORPC recommendation letter which indicated that the rezoning application meets the land use plans recommendation. Mr. Bickley indicated that the rezoning request would meet the recommendation of the land use plan and the plan has control over the PUD’s density. Mr. Enderle questioned the land use plan date. Mr. Bickley commented that the plan was adopted in 2015 and the Trustees review the plan annually to verify whether changes should be considered.
Mr. Habegger noted that the area is a marsh and questioned whether any environmental studies/reviews are necessary. Mr. Prosser noted that improvement plans would be reviewed by the County Engineer’s Office and that the developer is required to have zero runoff onto the neighbors land.
Molly O’Neal questioned permits. Mr. Prosser indicated that development will not be in the wetlands, as a result, permits would not be required. Mr. Prosser noted that the 100 year floodplain requirements would need to be met.
Ms. O’Neal expressed concern with increasing the load on Marsh’s Edge pumps and dikes. Mr. Prosser noted that he helped design Marsh’s Edge and there would be no additional water added to Marsh’s Edge. Mr. Prosser commented that a retention pond would be created to help handle the drainage.
Mr. Granziles commented that he has talked with Brian Snyder and is willing to work with the adjacent property owners. Mr. Granziles offered to meet with the adjacent owners after the meeting.
Chairperson Davenport closed discussion from the floor.
Chairperson Davenport informed the applicant that he would like to maintain a twenty (20) foot separation between buildings for fire-fighting purposes.
Ms. O’Neal noted the traffic pattern and the difficulty to turn left against traffic. Mr. Prosser noted that the developer will work with ODOT and reduce the number of entrances to the property from 3-4 to one (1).
Paul Shaw made a motion to approve Case #157876 as submitted. The motion was seconded by Brian Barnes. All members voted in the affirmative. Chairperson Davenport and Dr. Gregory Hart did not vote.
Chairperson Davenport indicated that the recommendation will be presented to the Trustees for review at their meeting on November 22, 2022.
Agenda Item 2 – Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
With no corrections, the September 28, 2022 meeting minutes were approved as emailed.
Agenda Item 3 – Unfinished Business
No unfinished business to conduct.
Agenda Item 4 – New Business
No new business to conduct.
With no other business to conduct, Chairman Davenport adjourned the meeting at 7:36 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Todd Bickley