March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018 

The Harlem Township Trustees met in Special Session at the Firehouse. 

Trustees Present: Jerry Paul, David Jackson and Bob Singer. 

Fiscal Officer Present 

Public Present: Jim Gehrig, Brittany Bowers, Robin Lobenstein, Jim Wheeler, Herman and Juanita Berk, Kevin and Susi Perry, Jeff Barr, Gary Smith, Tom Ribski, Josh Long, Alice and Ronald Yuhas, Ed Jaeger, Mike Kabler, Joni Mason, Sue Rasche, Michael and Deborah Gifford, Jennifer Slater, Annette Neff, Tom Nied, Andrew King, and Dale Fling. 

Mr. Paul called the meeting to order. 

Mr. Paul opened the public hearing for re-zoning application as per advertised notice. Mr. Paul instructed those in attendances the rules of order for the proceedings of the hearing. 

Mr. Jackson read the request to rezone 13.28 acres from Current Zoning, AR-1 Agricultural Residential to a PCD Planned Commercial District from John D. McCann, 11470 Fancher Road, Westerville, Ohio 43082. 

There is no physical address for the property. Parcel ID # 316-330-010-990-01. After Mr. Jackson read the recommendation of The Harlem Township Zoning Board and the Delaware County Regional Planning, both approved with conditions. Mr. Jackson confirmed it was properly advertised. 

Gary Smith, Professional Land Planner/Architect, presented the Board with a presentation of the application on the applicant’s behalf. 

Brittany Bowers (Fancher Road) spoke as a resident of the Township against the proposed application that it does not bring jobs but will bring crime, and will not keep the rural character of the community. 

Deb Gifford (Church of Saviour- Fancher Road) spoke against the proposal that it will increase traffic and safety concerns, increase crime, and decrease property value. 

Jim Wheeler spoke in favor of the proposal, feeling this will be a great opportunity to have storage next door to the mobile home park or in the community. 

Alice Yuhas (Fancher Road) had concerns regarding the vehicle/RV type being stored safely, along with making certain there is a fence around retention pond to keep kids out. 

Susi Perry (Fancher Road) confirmed the traffic study and questioned how many auctions would be going on and number attending. 

Annette Neff (Harlem Road) questioned the applicant where the customers will be coming from. Applicant stated 3-5 mile radius. 

Deb Gifford (Fancher Road) voiced concerns over retention pond drainage 

Mike Gifford (Fancher Road) had concerns regarding hazardous materials, in which applicant said it will not be allowed per contract. 

Sue Rasche (Harlem Road) complimented the participation of the community. Welcomed more taxes to come back to township but stated her concern would be that it is too dense and not enough buffer for the area. 

Andrew King from County Prosecutor Office gave an overview of the process and what items the Board is required to evaluate in making its decision for the proposed rezoning and Development Plan. 

Mr. Singer contacted the Delaware County Sherriff’s Office to discuss crime rates at similar facilities throughout the county. His research indicated minimal calls for service at similar facilities. 

Mr. Jackson had questions regarding drainage. 

Mr. Paul voiced his concern on size of project and against project on many levels. 

Mr. Singer made a motion to approve Application HTZC 17-09 rezone 13.28 acres from Current Zoning, AR-1 Agricultural Residential to a PCD Planned Commercial District with the conditions stated in the Delaware County Regional Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to the Board; motion was seconded by Mr. Jackson. Roll call vote was held Mr. Singer Aye, Mr. Paul Nay, and Mr. Jackson Aye. Motion Passed. There will be 30 days before it takes effect or a resident's right of referendum. 

Mr. Singer made a motion to approve Application HTZC 17-09 PCD Development Plan with the conditions stated in the Delaware County Regional Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation to the Board; motion was seconded by Mr. Jackson. Roll call vote was held Mr. Singer Aye, Mr. Paul Nay, and Mr. Jackson Aye. Motion Passed. 

Being no further business Mr. Singer made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Jackson seconded motion. Motion passed. 8:48 p.m. 

President 

Vice President 

Alternate 

Fiscal Officer