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Proposed changes to the zoning resolution in Woodville Township cover a wide range of issues, including wind energy, adult entertainment businesses, and the definition of a farm.

The township zoning commission will meet Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the fire station, 321 E. Main Street, Woodville, to discuss proposals for the resolution and corrections to the township zoning map.
The agenda will include:
•Proposed requirements for small wind energy systems.
•Proposed requirements for adult entertainment establishments.
•A different definition of a farm. Instead of basing the definition on acreage, the definition will include a requirement a farm meets the current agricultural use value (CAUV).
•A more detailed definition of a hunt club to allow clubs only in a commercial district as a commercial recreation activity.
•Changes to the zoning map in the area of the Luckey Farmers fertilizer storage facility.
•Changes to the zoning map in the area of the James Coe Wood Products property.

Brad Rife, chairman of the township zoning commission, said the township wants to be proactive in its zoning as wind turbines become more popular in rural areas.

“If it blows over we want to have enough space on the landowner’s property for it to fall and still have like 10 feet in their own property,” he said. “We don’t want people coming in with small one-acre lots and then running up a 125-foot tower. I’ve been told the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is going to start regulating the bigger towers so we won’t be involved with that.”

To date, no one has contacted township officials about opening an adult entertainment business, Mr. Rife said, but they would like to have zoning requirements in place if and when someone does.

“We’ve had some people question why we don’t have something in the resolution about that,” he said. “You’re not allowed to say you can’t have anything. But at least by doing it this way we can try to regulate where that type of business can exist. I think that’s better than just sitting and waiting.”

Township officials are waiting to hear from the Sandusky County Regional Planning Commission and the county prosecutor’s office about the proposal for implementing the CAUV definition for a farm.

CAUV is a real estate assessment program which gives the owners of farmland the opportunity to have their parcels taxed according to their ability to produce income rather than the full market value.

Ohio voters in the early 1970s approved a referendum to establish the program, which is administered by county auditors.

“We’re just trying to get a better handle on what the definition of a farm is,” Mr. Rife said.

The zoning commission will hold another hearing before forwarding recommendations to the township board of trustees, which will also hold a public hearing before making a decision whether or not to adopt the proposals, he said.

Township residents who want to state their objection or support for the zoning proposals may attend the meeting or be represented by an attorney.

Written comments should be sent to: Woodville Township, P.O. Box 121, Woodville, O. 43469.

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