DEFIANCE TOWNSHIP ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Tuesday, March 27,
VFW Post 3360
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,
Ruth Ann Schofield, Rodell Behlke, Bruce
Hahn & Marvin Scott. All five
members of the Board having answered the roll a quorum was declared.
representatives present were: Mr.
James Schlegel – Township Zoning Inspector, Mr. Robert Layne,
Mr. Dan Peck, & Mr. Richard Ankney – Township Trustees.
were: Roy Perez 812 Indian Bridge Lane –
Zoning Commission member, Rod & Corrina
Rittenhouse 512 Ravine & JoEllen Houck of 8 Deville Drive,
Chairman Keller then
read item 1 of the agenda:
Rittenshouse P.O. Box 382, Defiance,
requested a variance to Township’s sign restrictions.
The applicant proposes to construct a sign
“obelisk” on property fronting Baltimore Road. The
parcel is part of the N.W. Quarter of section 27 in Defiance Township, Defiance County,
Ohio. The parcel ID is
The clerk was acknowledged and noted that a packet of information which contained a
copy of the application for a “variance” to the Twp sign code,
an explanation for need of the request, an aerial of the full parcel from co
auditor’s web page and an engineer’s drawing of land and proposed “obelisk” was
provided to Board members.
Mr. Keller then asked if anyone wished
to comment on this proposal.
Mr. Rittenhouse explained that the
variance requested was due to the needed sign size.
The sign needs to be big enough to accommodate all businesses using his buildings
planned on this parcel. Possibly up to 12
Further, the obelisk will – in his opinion – become a local landmark and serve
as a location finder for residents and visitors.
Rittenhouse also said that the sign’s design is very pleasing and will enhance
Mr. Keller asked if the size would
interfere with traffic or be a hindrance to drivers coming or leaving the property or be a
safety issue relative to electric wire etc.
Both Zoning Inspector Schlegel and Rittenhouse said that would not be a problem.
Further, Mr. Schlegel endorsed the sign variance request.
request’s a motion for the approval/disapproval of the request.
Hahn moved to approve the requested “variance” to
the Township’s sign code. Mr.
called the roll.
The motion to
approve the “variance” was approved.
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.