HOWLAND Trustees nix zoning for a new pharmacy

A trustees says he went along with neighbors in rejecting the zone change.
HOWLAND -- Township trustees have rejected a zone change that would have made way for a pharmacy at state Route 46 and Raglan Drive.
In turning down the zone change, Trustees Rick Clark and Sally Wehmer went against the unanimous recommendation of township zoning commission.
Trustee Richard Orwig was absent because of a death in the family.
Clark said he voted to reject the zone change because residents don't want it. He pointed out that eventually the site will be developed, but it won't be a pharmacy.
"If not this, it will be something else," Clark said.
3L Group of Howland had proposed changing the zoning from a classification that limited construction to 10,000 square feet to another classification that would have permitted building a 15,000-square-foot building with a drive-through.
Too much traffic
Although the zoning commission recommended approval of the change, the Trumbull County Planning Commission recommended trustees reject it because it would mean too much vehicle traffic.
Mark Zuppo Jr., township planning and zoning director, explained that the site is zoned to allow construction of a bank with drive-throughs.
Dennis Lewis Jr., a 3L Group partner, told trustees at the public hearing that the pharmacy -- a chain has not been selected -- would be built on slightly more than two acres.
Several resident complained that the pharmacy would increase traffic in the neighborhood.
Lewis said that traffic wouldn't increase into their neighborhood because once customers did their shopping, there wouldn't any reason for them to drive down Raglan.
He pointed out that the area has a service station and tavern. There will be no more vehicles than there were 10 years ago in the neighborhood.
Zuppo said 3L's plans would require it to meet storm-water removal requirements, and landscaping would serve as a buffer between the pharmacy and houses.
Terry Miller, whose daughter lives on Raglan, said children aren't safe now because of the high traffic volume.
One resident said the township has already become too commercial and it might as well become a congested city.

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