Zoning revision: Cridersville to evaluate, change zoning codes

CRIDERSVILLE — Officials with a local village are reviewing their zoning ordinances and building codes, which has not been changed much since the 1990s.

“First we need to get an active committee,” Cridersville Village Administrator John McDonald said, advising council create a Planning Committee.

McDonald, along with the councilors, agreed on Thursday at the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting that they want to have the Planning Commission involved with the decisions of the updating of the zoning, since they will be the ones hearing zoning issues.

Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers is responsible for appointing people to serve as members on the Planning Commission.

McDonald noted a few items in the zoning ordinances and building codes that needs to be evaluating, including issues that have evolved since the 1990s.

“We need to address

changes in building material,” McDonald said to councilors. “Building material has evolved.”

Another topic of discussion was considering permits for small storage units on properties.

“We need to shorten the application (for permits) for driveways and sheds,” McDonald said. “It’s so confusing for people to fill out. If someone is just putting up a shed or deck, we need to have a new application form.”

Currently in the village, permits are $30 for residential, $50 for commercial and $100 for industrial.

Another topic that councilors Stacey Myers Cook and Tony Zuppardo raising, were the zoning ordinances and building codes for properties, in case another natural disaster should strike the village — like the tornado that went through the village in October 2010 and damaged homes and properties, including destroying a home on East High Street.

Zuppardo said the issue of a person having to build on the original footprint should be discussed and taken care of first, in case another natural disaster should come through the village again.

“This is one thing we should work on the hardest, in case another situation like this happens again,” Zuppardo said.

“It’s been adopted for a number of years and nothing changed,” Councilor RIck Walls said of the zoning code, which was revised in the 1990s. “But we weren’t planning on tornadoes coming through.”

Other areas councilors and McDonald want to update are about wind turbines, addressing a change of ownership and whether that would trigger a grandfather clause when it comes to switching from a business to a residential property and just clearing up language to better suit the village’s needs in this day and age.

“I could see this take eight months to a year to do,” McDonald said of revising the zoning. “I suggest Choice One Engineering be with us along the way.”

Choice One Engineering, the village’s engineer, has wrote several zoning codes for small villages, and councilors and McDonald believe it is important for them to be there along the way for this project.

The first step councilors plan to do is to get a Planning Committee together, and have a meeting with them and get them involved in this project.