Zoning changes approved for PUDs

CANFIELD -- Changes in zoning rules for planned unit developments are now official in the township.
PUDs, which have been allowed in the township since 2004, allow more housing to be built on less land.
Among the changes, the green space requirement is now 30 percent instead of 20 percent. Half of it has to be at least 6,000 square feet for recreation. Previously, Green space could be designed around perimeters of plans and in areas where housing couldn't be built.
The changes cap the size of a PUD to 15 acres, where before there was no cap. Setbacks are deeper, with 50 feet required between the PUD boundary and any other property.
The commission voted after a public hearing Dec. 7 to recommend the changes to the trustees. The trustees had a public hearing on the changes Dec. 18 and passed them Tuesday.
Trustee Bill Reese said that changes will continue to evolve in the PUD rules. He said he would like to see a rule that regulations for a PUD have to be in place before houses are sold. "I'd like to see them [home buyers] sign off on rules so they know what they're getting before they buy," he said. "We'll visit that at a later date."
A moratorium on new PUDs is in place until June 1.

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