Public hearings held for rezoning/fence issues

Committee to meet Tuesday

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]

TROY — City council held four public hearings on Monday to discuss three rezoning requests and an amendment to the city’s fence ordinance.

The community and economic development committee was scheduled to meet to discuss the three rezoning issues and the city’s fence ordinance amendment at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at City Hall.

Scott Mazzulla, representing the Hobart Institute Welding Technology, spoke in favor of the rezoning to expand the school’s parking lot by more than 100 spaces to the existing lot to the north on the school. The school will continue to use dirt mounds to block noise, according to school officials.

No one spoke against the rezoning issue.

The second public hearing was to rezone the 117-acre Huelskamp Farm from county agriculture and flood plain zoning to R-4 single family residential district. The rezoning will allow the land to be devoted to park use. The land will be used to expand Paul G. Duke Park. No one spoke in favor for the rezoning.

During the public hearing against the rezoning, Troy resident Lester Conard asked how changing the zoning would get the area out of the flood plain and asked if there would be future plans to build homes in the area.

Public Service and Safety Director Patrick Titterington explained the flood plain area along the Great Miami River at the rear of the property would eventually be sold to the Miami County Park District once they secure a grant. The rest of the property would be devoted to park property.

Titterington said the MCPD would sign an agreement to put the flood plain land in a conservation which would not allow for future development adjacent to the city’s portion of park land.

The third public hearing request was to rezone two parcels of city property adjacent to Treasure Island Park from county flood plain zoning to city local retail district. The two parcels is approximately 4.9 acres combined. No one spoke in favor of the rezoning. Conard spoke against the rezoning because he noted the land was once deemed contaminated when it was a former dump site years ago.

“That land when we took transfer from Hobart there is a deed restriction that prohibits us from doing any digging or building on that lot,” Titterington said. “It is going to be passive green space, meadow land, (and) very low maintenance.”

The fourth public hearing addressed the need to amend fence provisions and zoning code to clarify fences as accessory structures under the zoning code. The proposed change are to permit fences to be erected on the rear property line, to amend the definition of “fence” to include the word “accessory” and to clarify that the principal structure’s setback line on a property. Property owners could request variances if the provisions are found difficult to follow, according to the staff reports.

Conard asked what the term “accessory structure” meant in regards to the amended ordinance.

Titterington said an accessory structure is a structure in addition to the principal property. Conard asked if there was an extra costs or fee for fences since its now to be deemed an accessory. Titterington said no additional fees are planned at this time.

“We have always required in a fence permit, there’s no change in the permit fee, no new permit that would go on and there’s no annual fee for owning a fence … so no there will not be an ongoing fee for fences or other accessory structures,” Tittterington said.

Committee to meet Tuesday

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

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