With 100 percent of Grandview Heights precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections showed Grandview voters chose not to back an initiative that would have revised the Green Space Overlay District along Goodale Boulevard.
The initiative was shot down with a vote of 2,464 to 1,511, or 62 to 38 percent, according to unofficial results from the board of elections.
By a slightly narrower margin of 2,510 to 1,655, or 60 to 40 percent, unofficial results showed voters support a referendum that overturns a Grandview Heights City Council vote in April to ban medical-marijuana dispensaries within city limits.
Charter amendments considered only minor “tweaks” to the way Grandview Heights government operates were overwhelmingly approved by those voting Nov. 6. With all precincts reporting, the board’s unofficial results were 3,285 votes to 566, or 85 to 15 percent, approving the charter updates.
The referendum on the city’s Green Space Overlay District was initiated by Judy Oster, who resides within that sector.
The current district was created in 1989. It 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. Under the overlay, all those properties would have a minimum front yard of 100 feet and a minimum side yard of 25.
The proposal under the referendum would have doubled the minimum front yard to 200 feet on the north side of Goodale between Urlin Avenue and Wyandotte Road. The minimum front yard requirement would have been 150 feet on Stonegate Village Drive.
City Council in April, in a 4-2 vote, decided not to allow medical-marijuana dispensaries in the city, going along with previous legislation to ban cultivation and processing operations.
Michelle Kozak and her husband, Terry Eisele, led the signature-gathering effort to overturn the dispensary prohibition.
“We were just surprised that people would be against allowing the sale of essentially a pharmaceutical medicine that could help people in Grandview dealing with illnesses or other conditions,” Kozak has stated.
With the apparent approval of Issue 30, Grandview Heights voters will be adding a word to the charter regarding the way in which state law impacts the charter or legislated adopted by the city.
The original charter, adopted in 1931, stated that “nothing contained in this charter shall be construed as limiting the power of council to enact any ordinance or resolution not in conflict with the construction of the state.”
The word not somehow disappeared from the sentence over the years, and the charter review commission, led by Rebekah Hatzfotinos, decided it should go back in.
Another provision in the charter update changes the way in which notices of special meetings will be posted, from “newspapers of general circulation” to “local publications” along with the city’s website.
Issue 30 also revises the charter to change the deadline for local candidates for public office to file petitions with the board of elections from 75 to 90 days before the date of the general election.