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Requests for zoning changes to properties in Lake and Freedom townships are on the agenda of the Wood County Planning Commission meeting scheduled for June 3.

In Lake Township, an application to rezone about 3 acres from an R-2 residential classification to a B-1 neighborhood business classification has been submitted on behalf of the East Suburban Animal Clinic, 5032 Walbridge Rd.

A new animal clinic is planned for the parcel, which is located on the southwest corner of Woodville and Pemberville roads. The parcel sits about one-half mile to the east of Owen Road.

The plan commission staff is recommending the commission submit a recommendation for the change to the Lake Township trustees.

“The proposed end use and desired zoning classification do fit in with what is existing in the immediate area,” the staff recommendation says. “There is an existing animal clinic directly to the west of the subject parcel, which has operated as a legal non-conforming use for quite some time.”

As with all commercial parcels that abut residentially zoned areas in the township, the parcel would be subject to screening and buffering requirements, the recommendation says.

In the surrounding area, there is B-1 neighborhood business to the north, B-2 general commercial to the east and R-2 residential to the south and west.


Fertilizer plant planned
In Freedom Township, the Countyline Co-Op, E. Front Street, Pemberville, has filed an application to rezone about 10.3 acres from the A-1 agricultural classification to M-1 industrial zoning.

The cooperative would like to construct a fertilizer manufacturing facility on the parcel that is on the east side of Pemberville Road and is adjacent to the northern corporation line of the Village of Pemberville.

The commission staff is also recommending a thumbs up for this project be submitted by the commission to the township trustees.

“Given the parcel’s location to other areas zoned M-1 industrial and B-1 neighborhood commercial, as well as its proximity to the Village of Pemberville and utilities, the desired zoning does fit,” the recommendation says.

The cooperative would have to meet the township’s requirements for setbacks, parking, screening and buffering.

The commission Tuesday will also review applications for the 2014 Community Development Block Grant program and prepare a list for approval by the county commissioners.

A total of $181,000 in funding has been allocated to Wood County, which is expected to be used for four projects.

The board meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

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