YOUNGSTOWN Planning and zoning
The city's planning and zoning boards handled these items Tuesday:
The zoning board approved two variances for Voice Stream Wireless to put a 150-foot cell phone tower at 135 Oak Hill Ave. The variances were to reduce the minimum rear setback from 180 feet to 7 feet and to reduce the minimum side setback from 75 feet to 12 feet.
The planning board recommended to city council a zone change at 2814 Vestal Road from one- and two-family residential to a planned development. The change is for the Mahoning County Chemical Dependency Program. The agency wants to build four duplexes and two single homes for clients as transitional housing. Neighbors who opposed the change argued the area should remain single-family residential.
The planning board recommended to city council a zone change at 1504 Himrod Ave. from one- and two-family residential to local business. The change is for Patrick Burton, who wants to open a barbershop and beauty salon in the former Class Act bar building. Neighbors who opposed the change argued a barbershop would create noise and cause undesirable people to hang around.
The planning board took under advisement zone change request for property on Industrial Road. Mahoning County wants the zoning changed from single-family residential to limited industrial. The county wants to put up a new building for its Emergency Management Agency and hazardous materials response team. Neighbors pointed out that a deed restriction put on the land in the 1950s requires the property to remain residential.