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Planning & Zoning News

Zoning-code Rewrite has Business Owners Fuming

The Jerome Township Trustees agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 17, looked pretty routine — at first glance:

Approval of the agenda. Approval of the minutes. Department reports. Consideration for a stone monument for the “Potter’s Field” at the cemetery.

The usual.

But things are far from usual in Jerome Township as trustees attempt the first complete rewrite of the zoning code since 1972.  Read Full Story.

Panel Appointments Could Change

Plain Township, New Albany and Columbus are considering amending the Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord to eliminate joint panel appointments.

The accord, a planning document used by all three governments in areas where their borders converge, is governed by a nine-member implementation panel. Each entity currently appoints two members to the panel and the other three members are appointed jointly.  Read Full Story.

Planning Commission OKs Subdivision Road Extension

The New Albany Planning Commission on Jan. 18 approved a road plat for an extension through the Lansdowne subdivision, which is being built by M/I Homes.

Lansdowne is north of Thompson Road and west of Johnstown Road. The new road will go through 12.6 acres that will have 23 homes.  Read Full Story.

MORPC Updating Central Ohio Transportation Plan

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission representative Amelia Constanzo told city officials last week that any transportation-related projects a community anticipates starting in the next 20 years should be included on the 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The plan is updated every four years. Constanzo said it is important because federal transportation dollars are distributed based on information in the MTP.  Read Full Story.

Sewer Upgrade Prompts Township to Add Permit System

A sanitary sewer upgrade for Taylor Estates prompted Plain Township trustees on Jan. 18 to approve a permit system for excavation in township road rights of way.

Plain Township administrator Ben Collins told trustees the problem surfaced after crews from Demmy Sand and Gravel of Springfield broke a drainage tile on East Walnut Street and water flooded into residents’ yards.  Read Full Story.

City Engineer: Stormwater Plan Sound; Rates Stay Same

Hilliard’s stormwater management plan is in compliance with the requirements of its Ohio EPA permit, an engineer told Hilliard City Council on Jan. 23. In addition, the city’s stormwater utility rates will remain unchanged for 2012.

“I think the city of Hilliard goes above and beyond to ensure that they are staying in compliance,” said Rian Sallee, environmental program manager for EMH&T, a New Albany firm that developed Hilliard’s stormwater management plan (SWMP). Sallee discussed the plan at the council meeting.  Read Full Story.

Mayor: Hilliard Llongs to be ‘Lifelong Community’

Mayor Don Schonhardt said at last week’s “Our Community, Our Future” event he wants to make Hilliard “the first lifelong community in the state of Ohio.”

But what does this catchphrase mean?  Read Full Story.

Economic Forecast: 2012 offers Glimmer of Hope for Dublin area

The host of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s annual economic forecast could see good things in 2012.

Dublin Methodist Hospital hosted the meeting that featured a 2012 forecast for central Ohio from Bill LaFayette, owner of Regionomics LLC, a local consulting firm. Read Full Story.





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