July 23, 2016

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Westfield zoning authority wants more detail before development vote

WESTFIELD TWP. — Zoning commission members are in the process of gathering more information before voting on whether to approve a change that could allow for a proposed multi-million dollar, commercial development.

Commissioners heard Tuesday night from speakers on highway, sewage, soil and water issues regarding what impact a potential development could have on the area. The zoning commission is also scheduled to hear from several more people who want to voice opinion.

“We’re just trying to do our research, (and) get as much information as we can,” commission member Jill Kemp said today.

Earlier this year, 20 township residents filed requests to amend both the township zoning text and map. The text amendment would create a new commercial zoning designation called General Business District, which would allow for structures, such as banks, movie theaters, hospitals, offices, hotels and car dealerships, that are much larger than what the township’s current zoning code permits.

The map amendment would rezone 407 acres along Greenwhich Road, which is owned by the 20 applicants, to the proposed General Business District.

The zoning commission first held a public hearing on the issue in September, when residents voiced opinions for two hours.

Commissioners have a continuance of Tuesday’s hearing slated for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Westfield Municipal Complex, 6699 Buffham Road.

Read more on this story in Thursday’s print edition of The Gazette.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.