Hilliard Northwest News

Planning and zoning

Two commission members appointed


Hilliard City Council on Feb. 10 unanimously appointed Cornell Robertson and Scott Movshin to the planning and zoning commission, increasing the number of members to six.

One seat remains vacant, but Mayor Don Schonhardt, who also serves on the planning and zoning commission, said he is seeking to fill it.

The planning and zoning commission has not had seven members since 2009. Six members served between 2009 and the end of last year, but Thomas Lyden declined reappointment and Bill Uttley was elected to City Council.

Unlike City Council, the commission is composed of three at-large members and one member from each of the city's four wards.

Robertson is the Ward 3 representative and Movshin is the Ward 4 representative.

Robertson and Movshin were appointed to six-year terms, which will end Dec. 31, 2019.

The other seat, which belonged to Uttley, represents Ward 2. Its six-year term also will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

Schonhardt praised the men he nominated to the Ward 3 and 4 seats, both of whom were serving on the city's board of zoning appeals.

"We need people on the commission who have exhibited a degree of expertise ... and Robertson has served us well on the BZA," Schonhardt said.

Robertson is a highway-design engineer for the Franklin County Engineer's Office. He campaigned unsuccessfully in a Republican primary for City Council in 2011.

Movshin also has "distinguished himself as a valuable member" of the BZA, Schonhardt said.

Movshin is a terminal manager for CSX Intermodal and also served as a member of Hilliard's charter review commission. In 2010, he applied for appointment to an open council seat.

Because the appointments of Movshin and Cornell leave two open seats on the BZA, Council President Nathan Painter announced Feb. 10 that applications for the BZA seats would be accepted through March 3.

Applications and letters of interest can be sent to council clerk Lynne Fasone at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

City Council members Feb. 10 also unanimously confirmed the mayor's nomination to reappoint Matthew Forchione to the shade tree commission.

Forchione owns and operates 9 Trees Landscape Construction.

"He has valuable insight and has been an excellent representative (on the commission)," Schonhardt said.