DEFIANCE TOWNSHIP ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Tuesday, January 29,
500 Court Street – County Commissioners 2nd floor Conference Room
Meeting was called
to order by Mr. Lynn Keller,
Chairman of the Defiance Township Zoning Bd of Appeals.
Mr. Keller asked the clerk to call the
The Clerk then
called the roll for attendance. Board of
Appeals members present were: Lynn Keller,
Bruce Hahn, Thomas Rosendale & alternate Robert Williamson.
With three of five members and an alternate answering present a quorum was
representatives present were: Mr.
James Schlegel – Township Zoning Inspector, Mr. Dan Peck,
Mr. Richard Ankney & Mr. Charles Bakle – Township Trustees.
were: Ruth Ann Schofield 15968 Campbell Rd,
Ken & Romona Wirick p.o. box 246(representing realty firm Osborne Associates),
Bruce Wiesenburger 14131 St. Rt. 15, Defiance,
Gary Walker 337 Northfield Ave, Defiance, Daryl
Hanly 203 W. Wayne St, Paulding, Ohio,
Duane Jones 2127 Baltimore St, Defiance, Ohio, Carl & Augusta Wagner 24815
Watson Rd, Defiance, Israel Perez 24697
Watson Rd Defiance, & JoEllen Houck of 8
Deville Drive, Defiance,
Chairman Keller then
read item 1 of the agenda:
request for a “conditional Use” permit had been made by Ciccotelli Design Ltd,
1036 Schultz Street, Defiance,
to use an existing agricultural zoned parcel of 5 acres more or less for the
construction of a Church. The parcel is
located on the south side of Watson Rd, approximately
.1 miles west of State Route 15. The parcel
is part of the N.E. Quarter of section 12 in Defiance Township, Defiance County, Ohio.
The parcel ID is B110012000104.
Mr. Keller noted that a packet of
information which contained a copy of the application for the “conditional use”
permit, and data on the proposed project
supplied by Defiance County Soil & Water had been provided by the clerk to all Zoning
Bd Appeals members.
Mr. Keller then asked if anyone wished
to comment on this proposal.
Mr. Gary Walker was recognized and
said he was representing the delegation from the Jehovah Witness Church.
Mr. Walker said his church was buying
the property from Ciccotelli Design Ltd of Defiance for the purpose of constructing a
Mr. Walker also said they were working
a company that builds church buildings and this company has provided all information as
requested to Defiance County Soil & Water for their review which resulted in the
report Soil & Water has provided to the Appeals Board members.
Mrs. Ruth Ann Schofield was recognized and she asked if the church group had been
in contact with Defiance County Engineer’s office for access needs and if they had been
in contact with the Health Department for sewer needs.
Mr. Walker said that they had.
Carl Wagner (lives across the road from the proposed church construction site) was
recognized and noted that recently the Church contractors-builders were surveying and were
on his property. He wanted the church
representatives to know that they should seek permission before coming onto his property.
Mr. Walker apologized for this and
said that in the future they would seek permission if any other work on this project
required that they be on any one’s property other then their own.
Dan Hart (a neighboring property owner) asked if OEPA had approved the sewer –
septic system for the church.
Mr. Walker said they had. Walker also
said that if and when the Ayersville Water and Sewer system was available to the church
the church would hook up to this service.
Mr. Bruce Wiesenburger (a neighboring property owner) asked when construction was
Mr. Walker said this summer or very
Mr. Keller after noting that if the
“conditional user permit” were to be approved there were other approvals that the
church will need to acquire. The church
should get in contact with the County Engineer’s Office, Twp Zoning Inspector and the Defiance County Planning Commission.
Keller then asked if there were any other concerns or questions.
There were none.
requested a motion for the approval/disapproval of the request.
Hahn moved to approve the requested “conditional use”
permit to allow for the construction of the church.
Mr. Williamson seconded.
called the roll.
Thomas Rosendale yea
The vote being four
yea’s and no nea’s - the motion to approve the “conditional use permit”
The Chair asked if
there was any other business to come before the Board.
There being no
further business to come before the Board of Appeals Mr.
Keller requested a motion to adjourn the meeting.
The meeting adjourned.