GREEN – The Planning and Zoning Commission chose Craig Babbitt chairman for 2013 and sent three favorable recommendations to City Council for acceptance, including two involving the city’s land development code.
Dwight Yoder was elected co-chairman Wednesday night along with Babbitt. Yoder was just reappointed to the commission earlier this month.
Planning Director Wayne Wiethe said the CVS Drive/Con-Way Drive is proposed in conjunction with the development of a CVS Pharmacy as part of the continued development of the Massillon Road Corridor.
Wiethe added that the plat divides the existing 12.08-acre Con-Way tract into four new parcels, and would provide for a new public road to be constructed by CVS.
The commission also recommended that council approve several amendments to the city’s planned development regulations within the land development code.
Wiethe said the goal of the proposed amendments is to improve the flexibility and development potential within a PD district while utilizing what he termed “this up-front, comprehensive review process.”
Before that action, the commission also recommended that parking space regulations in new developments be modified to eliminate 9- by-18-foot spaces recommended last July, in favor of 10- by-18-foot stalls as an alternate design.
When presented to council last year, several residents objected to the smaller stalls saying the room between vehicles was insufficient, especially in retail parking areas.
Wiethe said 10- by-20-foot stalls would remain standard, but the length could be reduced if the developer provided a good reason and agreed to provide green space to equal the difference between the standard and proposed alternative.
The PZC’s next meeting will be Feb. 20.