Trustees in Weathersfield seeking review of U.S. Route 422 zone change

By Mary R. Smith

MINERAL RIDGE — Weathersfield Township trustees have approved a 2009 paving program totaling $106,355, awarding the contract to RT Vernal Paving of North Lima.

Streets to be paved: Ohltown-Girard Road (also known as County Line Road), 10 separate locations from Four Mile Run Road to state Route 46; Glenwood Avenue, from state Route 169 to Bellwood Avenue; Harmon Avenue (Niles city limits to the end); Gardenland Avenue, from Tibbetts-Wick Road to Garland Avenue; Garland to Carl Avenue; St. Mary’s Drive (from Sable Creek Drive to the end of St. Mary’s); Sable Creek, from Niles-Carver Road to St. Mary’s; and Sable Creek, from St. Mary’s to the end.

Trustees also approved forwarding a recommendation to the zoning commission for a review of rezoning about 40 acres off U.S. Route 422 to the township’s new Commercial C classification for commercial use.

Trustee Chairman James Stoddard noted that there are no specific plans for development at this time, but said the trustees are “planning for the future.”

Trustees want the zoning commission to review the rezoning of the property and have public hearings on it. Stoddard said the reaction of residents will dictate whether trustees approve the re-zoning, provided it is recommended to them by the commission.

Its boundaries are: At the south, north of First Street, which is a street on paper only (across from the Saturn dealership); on the north, by the township line, close to Niles-Vienna Road and north of Anderson-Morris Road; on the west, by Route 422; and on the east, by the township line.

There are about 35 privately owned properties in the area, the bulk of which lie in an old proposed housing development that was never developed.

No landowners have been notified of a possible zone change since the matter must first go through the zoning commission.

Properties in the area, which include single-family homes, are mixed-zoned, with Residential-A, Residential-C and Commercial-B all on the same property.

The proposal, Stoddard said, would result in a change in the township’s zoning map. It won’t affect current property owners or the status of their properties.

Some landowners might find the zoning change is “more advantageous” for them, the chairman said.

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