Regional Planning approves first step toward zoning changes

Seneca Regional Planning Commission’s board Tuesday approved the first step toward changing the zoning designation of three parcels in Hopewell Township from agricultural to industrial.

Regional Planning Director Charlene Watkins said the three parcels are owned by Lenny Clouse. One is on CR 11 in the industrial park area and the other two are on US 224 east of Northwest Ohio Orthopedics.

David Zak, executive director of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, said the two parcels on US 224 total 47.8 acres.

Watkins said she researched the matter with Seneca Conservation District, the engineer’s office and Seneca County General Health District and found no issues that would preclude the zoning change such as sewer issues or road access. She said the Regional Planning staff recommended approval.

Watkins said the board decision is the first step in a formal process. The matter next goes to the Hopewell Township zoning committee for a hearing and a decision before moving on the Hopewell Township trustees for a public hearing before a final decision is made.

Zak said the zoning change would provide a location for potential new industry.

“Right now we have no land available,” he said.

In another matter, the board approved the last payment of $5,100 on the comprehensive plan, a carryover from 2019.