Darren Powlette told a county appeals board today that the township gave him an exemption for agricultural use and that he still has it.
Agricultural exemption is a key element of Powlette's argument that his property is permitted to hold weddings under Ohio law.
We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.
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A wedding venue in a fight with Miami Twp. about zoning issues has an appeal Wednesday on a stop work order issued by Montgomery County.
The county has issued order for Stoney Hill Bed and Breakfast, saying its wedding venue violates Ohio code, records show.
“You have constructed a barn without any permits or inspections and are using it as a wedding chapel,” states the county’s order.
“Use of this building must cease” until requirements have been met, according to the order.
A appeals hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday on the issue.
The operator of the business on Upper Miamisburg Road has been charged in Miamisburg Municipal Court with violating Miami Twp. zoning codes. Darren Powlette has pleaded not guilty and faces a Nov. 26 trial date, court records show.
Powlette has questioned the township’s jurisdiction in the zoning issue because he said his business is qualified to operate under the Ohio Revised Code’s agritourism guidelines.
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He has filed an administrative appeal with the county’s common pleas court, challenging the township board of zoning appeals finding that venue’s “activities do not satisfy the definition of agritourism under” the Ohio Revised Code.
Messages left with Powlette’s attorneys have not been returned.
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