TROY —The city of Troy Planning Commission voted to recommend a change in zoning to Troy City Council to rezone two lots to expand the Hobart Institute of Welding student parking lot for the school’s planned expansion project.
The commission voted not to hold a public meeting when they met Jan. 13.
The additional parking would extend north from the welding school’s existing parking area. Last November, the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology announced it will break ground on a 14,000-square-foot learning facility on its campus in early 2016. The new facility will house welder education, welding procedures, welder qualification testing, certification services and specialized training.
The application was submitted by Ferguson Construction Company by Joe McGovern.
The parcels have two different zonings of M-2 (light industrial) and R-4 (residential). The request is to rezone the property for light industrial.
According to zoning and planning staff, the Hobart Institute of Welding will have an informational meeting about the parking lot expansion on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
According to Duane Puckett, zoning inspector, one resident expressed concern about traffic. Puckett said the school would include mounding and trees if the parking lot was approved.
Tom Forced asked if the school was a 24-hour shift. McGovern said the school operates two shifts at this time. McGovern said the new facility would house approximately 130 people at the maximum. McGovern said the new facility will house professional welders and not new students.
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology CEO Scott Mazzula said the school ends its second shift around 11:30 p.m. He said the building will not have more than 50 professional students late in the evening.
Rezoning of State Route 55 property
Commission reviewed a rezoning application for 15.431 acres located north of State Route 55, west of Barnhart Road and south of Fenner Road. The application is to rezone from M-2 Light Industrial District to R-7 Multiple Family Residential. The owner is the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The applicant is Mid-Ohio Development Corporation.
The proposal is for a rental community, which features a community center and amenities. The concept for the rental property is similar to the company’s developing property on State Route 202 in Huber Heights.
Tim Davis recommended planning commission to hold a public hearing due to the proposed plan not satisfying criteria of the city’s zoning code. Davis said the property would increase traffic in the area, does not bring an economic potential or impact, and does not align with the city’s comprehensive plan.
Mayor Michael Beamish proposed to not hold a public hearing and commission approved the proposal. The commission then recommended that council not approve the rezoning proposal.
The applicant can forward its request to council on its own, according to clerk Sue Knight. It would take a majority vote by council to overturn the commission’s recommendation to rezone the area.
Beamish said his main concern was the proposed area had a lot of traffic and it was better suited to light industrial and business use.
In other news:
The city of Troy Planning Commission elected Alan Kappers as president of the commission for 2016. Kappers was not present at the reorganizational meeting on Wednesday. The rest of the board was present at the meeting.
The commission elected Tom Force as vice president.
The board approved a wall mounted sign for 116 S. Market St. for Pachamama Market. According to planning and zoning staff, the sign meets all of its requirements for the historical district.
Planning commission also approved the final plat review for Nottingham subdivision Section Nine. It will be presented to city council at a committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19.
The final plat is 15.1 acres and will complete the subdivision with 25 lots available.
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