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Residents urge a no vote on commercial zone

March 18, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

About 40 residents around the South Raccoon Road area of Canfield Township attended a zoning request hearing on Mar. 10. All were opposing a request to rezone the parcel #26-051-0-012.00-0 from the present R1 (single family) to B (business district).

The property located at 6688 South Raccoon Road is immediately south of the new water tower, according to Canfield Zoning Inspector Traci DeCapua. The executor of that estate, Lois Holloway-Allison from Wyandotte, Mich., is the one requesting the zone change so the property could be sold for business use.

DeCapua said the county had already reviewed it and was recommending the change to Canfield Township. On Feb. 13 The Canfield Township Zoning Commission heard the case and voted to recommend trustees deny the zone change. That led up to the March 10 meeting, which was a public hearing before trustees would hold a vote to approve or deny.

Most of the residents in the room felt that rezoning the property for business was simply too far down Raccoon Road. It would make the property opposite a lot of residential property on the east side of the road.

Even property owner/developer Michael Naffah was present and spoke in opposition.

"No one knows what they are planning to do with the property," he said. "I haven't heard anything and I am opposed to it."

His comment brought a round of applause.

Near the end of the public hearing, trustees stated they would like to research the matter a little more and that a vote would be taken at the next township meeting.

"It will be the first item on the agenda," said Chairman Brian Governor.

DeCapua was then asked what the next steps would be if it were approved at the next meeting. She explained that it would take a petition signed by 63 property owners in that section of the township in order to place it on the election ballot. Residents would have 30 days to do that.

She also mentioned that should the trustees vote to deny the zone change, the property owner would have the same opportunity.

"They too would have 30 days to collect 63 residents' signature to go on the ballot," she said.

Before the hearing was closed, DeCapua made one other remark. She told those present that if the zone change was denied, the executor of the estate could return with different zone change request such as R2 that would allow for duplex and fourplex structures. She said residents should expect it to happen.



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