Voters on Tuesday handed Blendon Township the next tool needed to assume more control over its own development issues.
A new zoning code was adopted for the township in the Nov. 5 election, passing 803 votes to 208 votes, or 79.4 percent to 20.6 percent, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Previously, zoning issues for the township have been regulated by Franklin County, meaning all decisions and enforcement fell to county, rather than local, authorities.
The new zoning code closely follows the Franklin County code.
However, Blendon Township officials did choose to leave out the Smart Growth Overlay, which applied to many of the township's business corridors.
The new zoning code also reduces waterway setbacks from 100 feet to 50 feet.
In the uncontested race for Blendon Township trustees, Stewart Flaherty and Jan Heichel retained their seats.
Flaherty earned 964 votes, or 51.2 percent, and Heichel earned 918, or 48.8 percent of the vote.
In other local issues, voters across Westerville overwhelmingly approved a slate of local liquor options – with one exception – according to final, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.
In Precinct 3-A, voters approved Issue 24b, 254 votes to 158 votes, or 61.7 percent to 38.4 percent, allowing Sunday sales, from 10 a.m. to midnight, for Kroger, 55 W. Schrock Road.
In Precinct 3-B, voters approved Issue 25b, 85 votes to 51 votes, or 62.5 percent to 37.5 percent, allowing Sunday sales, from 11 a.m. to midnight, at Duchess, 900 S. Sunbury Road.
Voters in Precinct 4-B approved Issues 26A and 26b, allowing weekday and Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to midnight, respectively, for CVS, 620 S. Cleveland Ave.
Issue 26A passed 282 votes to 183 votes, or 60.7 percent to 39.4 percent, and Issue 26b passed 266 votes to 199 votes, or 57.2 percent to 42.8 percent.
Voters in Precinct 5-A, approved weekday sales and Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to midnight for the Uptown CVS store at 145 S. State St., which were on the ballot as issues 27A and 27b.
Issue 27A passed 145 votes to 91 votes, or 57.6 percent to 42.5 percent, and Issue 27b passed 153 votes to 125 votes, or 55 percent to 45 percent.
Voters in Precinct 5-A approved weekday sales and Sunday sales, from 10 a.m. to midnight for businesses that could locate at 7 to 9 N. State St. – now a vacant building undergoing renovations. The issues, put forth by property owner Westerville Development LLC, appeared on the ballot as issues 28A and 28b, respectively.
Issue 28A passed 193 votes to 82 votes, or 70.2 percent to 29.8 percent, and Issue 28b was approved 189 votes to 85 votes, or 69 percent to 31 percent.
Voters also approved requests put forth by Organic Trails Cafe LLC on behalf of Northstar Cafe for a vacant parcel at the northwest corner of State and Plum streets, the former site of the Kyoto Tea House. Issue 29A, weekday sales, was approved 192 votes to 85 votes, or 69.3 percent to 30.7 percent. Issue 29b, for Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight, was approved 198 votes to 88 votes, or 68.2 percent to 31.8 percent.
Voters in Precinct 5-B voted down weekday alcohol sales proposed for the new Walmart at 50 E. Schrock Road. Issue 30A failed 94 votes to 68 votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.