Canal Winchester Village Council suspended the rules and voted unanimously Monday night to rezone seven homes on West Mound and West Oak streets from general commercial to residential.

Canal Winchester Village Council suspended the rules and voted unanimously Monday night to rezone seven homes on West Mound and West Oak streets from general commercial to residential.

The legislation was presented as an emergency, which allows the rezoning to take effect immediately.

Council President Rick Deeds said making the ordinance an emergency measure was done solely as a housekeeping move. Getting the rezoning off council's 2010 agenda allows for it to begin the new year with a "clean slate," Deeds said.

Council's approval follows a unanimous recommendation from the planning and zoning commission in October to allow the seven properties to be rezoned. The residences in question are located at 10, 16, 17, 22 and 23 W. Mound St. and at 15 and 23 W. Oak St.

Canal Winchester zoning administrator Allan Neimayer has said inaccuracies on past zoning maps led to the properties being zoned general commercial.

Julie Cecutti, who lives at 17 W. Mound St., got the ball rolling on this issue when she addressed council earlier this year. She said she and her neighbors learned from a real estate sign that their land was zoned general commercial rather than residential.

When she realized the zoning allowed businesses to locate on her residential street, she became alarmed.

"One of the assets of the village is that we have historical residential areas. It's a draw. I would like to keep that a draw," Cecutti told the planning commission in October.