Residents take issue with request from Jefferson Township business
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — What started as a simple rezoning application “to better reflect a property’s actual use” has turned into a local controversy.
Earlier this summer, Kevin Mooney, owner of The Mohicans, a resort on Vess Road featuring a wedding venue, cabins and tree houses, applied to change the zoning on the property from Agriculture to General Business, “to bring it more closely into compliance” with township zoning classifications.
The township routinely sent the application on to the Regional Planning Commission, which can issue a recommendation based on whether the change fits with the overall comprehensive plan as well as the local zoning regulations.
The Regional Planning Commission recommended approval of the change, with a caveat. The committee said the current use of the property does not fit neatly into the permitted and conditional uses described in the General Business district, but there are no other choices short of creating a more suitable designation.