The Canal Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission has agreed to recommend to council that seven homes on West Mound and West Oak streets be rezoned.

The Canal Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission has agreed to recommend to council that seven homes on West Mound and West Oak streets be rezoned.

The homes in question are at 10, 16, 17, 22 and 23 W. Mound St. and at 15 and 23 W. Oak St.

Julie Cecutti, who lives at 17 W. Mound St., got the ball rolling on the issue when she addressed council earlier this year. She said she and fellow West Mound Street residents found out that their land was zoned general commercial rather than residential when a real estate sign including that information was erected in the neighborhood.

When Cecutti realized the current zoning allows for businesses on her residential street, she became alarmed.

Zoning administrator Allan Neimayer said that inaccuracies on past zoning maps led to these homes being zoned general commercial rather than residential.

"One of the assets of the village is that we have historical residential areas. It's a draw," Cecutti said. "I would like to keep that a draw.

"In Canal Winchester, we have many opportunities for general commercial," she added. "There are quite a few properties within the Old Town within general commercial that are currently available."

Pat and Deb Burks live at 29 W. Mound St.

"When we found out that it had this commercial potential, it was really kind of scary, because my wife and I plan for this to be our last house," Burks said. "We've put a lot of money into it.

"Once you start making houses businesses you're taking away families and people that live there," he said. "And people are the strength of a neighborhood. And the neighborhood is the strength of the village."

Mary Nordstrum said that while she would like to have a tea room or art gallery in her 15 W. Mound St. home after she retires, she nonetheless believes the zoning on her house should be changed.

"I'm in favor or retaining the character of the neighborhood," Nordstrum said.

Reno Robinett, 10 W. Mound St., asked the planning commission to "take us back to where we should have been to begin with.

Take us back to residential zoning so we can continue to enjoy the historic value that's presented there."

Neimayer said the next step would be for Canal Winchester Village Council to schedule a public hearing on the topic before voting.