Reynoldsburg City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday that would change the setback requirements for some businesses that abut a residential zoning district from 1,000 to 100 feet.

Reynoldsburg City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday that would change the setback requirements for some businesses that abut a residential zoning district from 1,000 to 100 feet.

A public hearing on the proposed change is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in council chambers.

"What basically this change will do is remove certain types of businesses on industrial properties from having to be set back 1,000 feet from a residential unit," development director Lucas Haire said.

"That is an excessive setback and we have 27 acres of land that you can't build anything on," he said.

The 1,000-feet setback requirement was put in place in 1999; before that, it had been 100 feet, Haire said.

"I don't know why it was changed to 1,000 feet, but in the prior code, it was there, and through my research I could not find anything in the minutes where it was discussed changing that," he said.

The change in the code will prevent certain types of uses in an industrial zone, he said.

"Uses that are not loud, obnoxious, offensive, create odors or fumes -- it will restrict certain types of industry from moving into that area, like a salvage yard or a slaughterhouse or drain mill, or anything that would be loud or cause a problem for residents," Haire said.

"The 1,000-feet setback is hindering economic development in the city and it can be considered a 'taking,' --taking that property owner's right to develop his land by this excessive setback," he said.

Haire said the change, if approved, will affect very few residents since there are very few industrial properties in the city.

"What it will affect are places like the Ohio State Department of Agriculture (located at 8995 E. Main St.) and Dynalab Inc. (at 555 Lancaster Ave.) allowing them to expand," Haire said. "Apparently, they're restricted in potentially doing so now because of the setback, but this is looking ahead in case they decide to."

The ordinance will go through two more readings. If council approves it after the third reading, expected on Feb. 23, it will go into effect 30 days later.