Thank you, Clintonville Area Commission members, for voting down the Turkey Hill proposal. A mega gas station was voted down by the CAC as inappropriate in 2001, and it remains so today.

Thank you, Clintonville Area Commission members, for voting down the Turkey Hill proposal. A mega gas station was voted down by the CAC as inappropriate in 2001, and it remains so today.

The decision criteria for the CAC vote to disapprove are apparent, but not so for the variance and zoning committee's vote to approve Turkey Hill. Why the stark difference? Both the CAC and zoning committee are comprised of residents of Clintonville. Perhaps one reason the committee voted to approve Turkey Hill is a systemic lack of accountability and oversight. The committee is appointed and not elected. A second plausible reason is the lack of succession in the leadership of the committee. A third plausible reason is the lack of communitywide representation on the committee. North Clintonville's District 9, the district of contention, is not represented on the zoning committee. District 9 residents have to mount heroic efforts to enforce the Clintonville Community Plan and the plan for the development of its High Street commercial corridor in the face of repeated inappropriate development proposals.

The intent of this letter is to point out a few considerations to improve the process. Leadership positions need to be appointed on a biannual basis and committee memberships renewed every four years. Further, a "decision-criteria" based on the community and commercial plans need to be carefully followed. If the plans are found to be too restrictive or out of date, then the plans need to be revised with community input. Each district needs to be represented on the variance and zoning committee so that unrepresented districts do not become the dumping group for inappropriate development.

North Clintonville includes Sharon Heights and Sharon Township residents along with the contiguous High Street commercial corridor.

Under the auspices of the Sharon Heights Community Association, I and others are forming a North Clintonville Development Task Force to serve as a conduit and advocate for the healthy development of community. This task force is comprised of residents and businesses of North Clintonville.

Barclay Hastings, Clintonville