June 17, 2019 - Public Hearing

PUBLIC HEARING at 6:45 pm – June 17, 2019


Call Public Hearing to Order:

Roll Call: Tom Hilliard, Sydney Radich, Dale Fox, Dave Godwin, Chuck Hawk, & Andrew Hess


Tonight’s Public Hearing was advertised in the Massillon Independent on May 10, 2019


Business:             An Addition to the Village Zoning Code recommended by the Village Planning

                                Commission on April 18, 2019 and presented to Village Council on May 6, 2019


  1. Council’s review of the Village Planning Commission’s recommendation to modify Village

                Zoning Code by adding Chapters 153.340 through 153.347 – Screening & Buffering


  • The currentVillage Zoning Code was adopted in 1974
  • Council was provided with a copy of the Planning Commission’s April 18, 2019 hearing on May 6, 2019.  The PC’s actions concerning this recommendation were outlined in those Minutes
  • The proposed modification language was provided to Council as a handout on May 6, 2019 and a copy was emailed to Council with a draft copy of this Agenda on June 13, 2019
  • The ordinance adopting the Planning Commission’s recommended addition to the Village Zoning Code will have a Third Reading tonight.  A copy was provided to Council by email on June 14, 2019 and a hard copy is provided this evening

1.            The purpose of the addition to the Village Zoning Code recommended:

Taken from the language in the recommended addition –

SCREENING & BUFFERING - 153.340 Purpose

                “The purpose of this Chapter is to provide minimum standards involving the development of        land to provide attractive views from roads and adjacent properties; to screen from view              visually undesirable uses; to require screening between incompatible land uses and to protect              the health, safety and welfare of the community through the reduction of noise, air and visual               pollution, and headlight glare.”


2.            A Review of the proposed Chapter SCREENING & BUFFERING

Copy formatted for easy review – displayed on Chamber’s monitor and provided to Council as a hard copy.

3.            Council Discussion:  Councilman Hilliard had some questions for Councilman Hawk.  They discussed the difference between fences and using natural barriers such as mounds and trees.  Mayor Schwab stated the code has an emphasis on natural products and specifies minimum sizes of trees and evergreens.  He stated this is just the start, this gives the Planning Commission a tool.  Councilman Godwin asked if this applies to everyone.  Mayor Schwab stated it only applies to commercial and industrial properties.

  1. Audience Comment: Louis Carroll, 330 7th St. E. feels there needs to be a buffer for the High School Athletic Complex.  Councilman Hilliard suggested Council explore this when the walking path is constructed.  VA Miller stated that the school owns the property and there are power lines above the walking path.  Councilman Godwin asked if the code only applies to new buildings.  Mayor Schwab stated it only applies to new building and expansions.
  2.            Adjournment: Councilman Hilliard moved, seconded by Councilman Fox and the meeting adjourned at 6:57 pm.  The vote: All yes.