The Franklin County Board of Elections deadlocked Friday, Aug. 24, on deciding whether an initiative to modify the city of Grandview Heights' Goodale Boulevard Green Space Overlay District will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The matter now will be decided by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Although more than enough signatures were collected by proponents of the initiative to place the measure on the ballot, city administration filed an objection and requested the board of elections remove it.

Board of elections members Michael Sexton and Kimberly Marinello voted in favor of placing the initiative on the ballot. Douglas Preisse and Brad Sinnott voted against allowing the measure to proceed.

State law calls for issues resulting in a tie vote by a county board of elections to be forwarded to the secretary of state, said Aaron Sellers, public information officer for the Franklin County Board of Elections.

"Both sides will be asked to forward briefs stating their position to the secretary of state," Sellers said. "In essence, he will be serving as the tie-breaking vote.

"Because of the timeliness of this issue, it's likely a decision will be coming fairly soon," he said.

Early voting for the November election will begin Oct. 10.

"Most likely, the secretary of state would make his decision before that day," Sellers said.

The board has 14 days to send the tie vote to the secretary of state, which would be Sept. 6, he said.

"We will send the resolution, minutes and briefs from both sides that made up the tie vote," Sellers said.

The existing Green Space Overlay District covers all lots on the north side of Goodale Boulevard between Broadview Avenue and Wyandotte Road and lots on the south side of Goodale between Grandview Avenue and Lincoln Road.

All properties in the district must have a minimum front yard of 100 feet and a minimum side yard of 25 feet.

The initiative would create a new ordinance to set a minimum front yard of 200 feet on the north side of Goodale between Urlin Avenue and Wyandotte Road. The minimum front yard requirement would be 150 feet on Stonegate Village Drive.

The measure would prohibit any building to be constructed inside of the minimum setbacks.

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