Voters in Spring Valley Twp. will decide May 7 whether a zoning change from agricultural to light industrial will stand.(Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

Spring Valley voters to decide zoning change

Voters in Spring Valley Twp. will decide May 7 whether a zoning change from agricultural to light industrial will stand.

The property in question is nearly 11 acres and sits west of U.S. 42 a few miles north of the village of Spring Valley. The vacant farm land sits about 800 feet south of Richland Road.

The property owner, listed as Robert H. Jones on Greene County property records, has submitted plans for a business that involves repairing fire engines, township officials said.

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Kent Hagler, who lives near the property, started the referendum petition to put the zoning change on the ballot for voters to decide, according to Llyn McCoy, director of the Greene County Board of Elections.

The zoning change would allow for about 20 different uses of the property, according to Rhonda Painter, Spring Valley Twp.’s zoning inspector.

Trustees voted 2-1 to approve the rezoning request. Trustee Carrie Smith voted against the measure.

Trustee John K. DeWine said he approved the zoning change as the property owner filed the necessary paper work and went through the proper channels to make the request.

DeWine said zoning regulations allow for citizens to petition to have zoning changes approved by trustees put before voters.

“The people who oppose it did what they had to do properly,” he said. “The decision now is in the hands of the voters of the township. That’s democracy at work.”

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