NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city is considering changing the zoning of a parcel of land from residential to industrial, and several residents aren’t happy about it.
The Planning Commission approved to change the zoning of the property on the northwest corner of the intersection of Sugar Ridge and Bender roads from residential to industrial by a 3-1 vote Tuesday. City Council is expected to vote on whether to approve the Planning Commission’s action at its meeting Monday.
Several residents voice their opposition to the change at Tuesday night’s meeting, and Mayor David Gillock expects them to do the same at the Council meeting.
“I have not received any calls, and I was not at the meeting. I was out of town,” Gillock said. “(Safety Service Director) Jeff (Armbruster) was at the meeting, and he said there were a number of residents there expressing their displeasure. They’ll probably be at Monday’s meeting.”
According to Gillock, the property’s owner — Triple Seven LLC, according to the county auditor — developed Taylor Industrial Parkway, which is directly north of the parcel in question.
“Basically, he wants to expand that industrial parkway with the same types of businesses,” Gillock said. “He doesn’t have businesses lined up to go in there; it’s speculative at this point. You’ve got really nice businesses there in Taylor Woods. It’s an association, like a condo association, and they have rules about what kind of building you can put up and all that kind of stuff.”
Even if Council approves the action taken by the Planning Commission at its next meeting, the change in zoning is not guaranteed. According to Gillock, the next step would be for an ordinance to rezone the property to be introduced.
“By charter, it has to go through three separate readings — you can’t dispense with the second or third or anything like that,” he said. “It has to go through the whole procedure.”
There also would be a public hearing on the matter.
Gillock said he supports the change in zoning for the property, which has a market value of at $140,000 according to the county auditor.
“You’ve got businesses like Wolff Bros. Supply, Poppee’s Popcorn and Norlake over there that are good, clean businesses that don’t bother anybody,” he said. “I think more of those would be really good for the city. They’d bring more jobs; they’d bring more taxes. It’s a good use of the property.”
Still, Gillock understands that some residents may be affected by the change.
“In my opinion, I don’t think it would impact very many, but if you impact one or two, that is an impact,” Gillock said. “You have to consider that, but you have to look at the whole scenario, too.”
The City Council meeting is 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.