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Issues on Tuesday's ballot

Blendon seeks approval of own zoning code

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Seen by township leaders as the next step in assuming local control, Blendon Township have asked voters to approve local zoning code in the Nov. 5 election.

Currently, the township operates under Franklin County's zoning code, and zoning decisions and enforcement fall to county boards and officials.

Earlier this year, the township created a zoning commission to develop the code, and moved to create its own building department.

The zoning code, appearing on the ballot as Issue 37 is nearly identical to the Franklin County zoning code currently in place, meaning zoning will not change for any residents or businesses, Blendon Township Administrator Bryan Rhoads said previously.

Blendon Township's code does reduce the setback from streams from 100 feet to 50 feet and eliminates the Smart Growth Overlay that applies to many of the township's commercial and business corridors.

The overlay calls for buildings to be constructed closer to major roadways, with 25-foot roadway setbacks and 16-feet minimum building heights; wider sidewalks; parking lots and drive-through access placed at the side or rear of buildings; ample landscaping; and smaller and fewer signs.

If approved, there is a good chance the township would have to add administrative staff, Rhoads said, but that cost would be offset by fees that would be collected by the township rather than by Franklin County.

 

Liquor options

Many Westerville residents also will see liquor options on the ballot Tuesday.

Two businesses are on the ballot for unoccupied Uptown locations.

Voters in Precinct 5-A will vote on weekday sales and Sunday sales, from 10 a.m. to midnight for businesses that could locate at 7 to 9 N. State St. and at the corner of State and West Plum streets.

The request for 7-9 N. State St., appearing on the ballot as issues 28A and 28b, has been put forth by property owner Westerville Development LLC.

The request for the corner of State and Plum streets, the former site of the Kyoto Tea House, has been put forth by Organic Trails Cafe LLC on behalf of Northstar Cafe. Those measures appear on the ballot as issues 29A and 29b.

Also in Precinct 5-A, voters are being asked to approve weekday sales and Sunday sales, from 11 a.m. to midnight, for CVS, 145 S. State St. Those appear on the ballot as issues 27A and 27b.

The CVS at 620 S. Cleveland Ave. also is seeking weekday sales and Sunday sales, from 11 a.m. to midnight. Those issues, appearing on the ballot as 26A and 26b, will be decided by voters in Precinct 4-B.

In Westerville Precinct 3-A, voters are being asked to approve Issue 24b, which would allow Sunday sales, from 10 a.m. to midnight, for Kroger, 55 W. Schrock Road.

In Precinct 3-B, voters will be asked to approve Issue 25b, which would allow Sunday sales, from 11 a.m. to midnight, at the Duchess, 900 S. Sunbury Road.

In Precinct 5-B, voters are being asked to approve weekday sales for Walmart, 50 E. Schrock Road. That appears on the ballot as Issue 30A.

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