MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Regional Planning Commission voted Thursday to recommend approval of rezoning of four lots at the intersection of Wooster Road and Lower Fredericktown-Amity Road in Amity.
The lots, four owned by Heidi Trubey and part of a larger one owned by Ronald Rogers would be rezoned to B-1 (general business) to allow the construction of a Dollar General on the northwest corner of the intersection, where a small convenience store is located.
The Land Use Committee recommended approval of the change since it is already generally commercial, although still zoned agricultural.
Pike Township trustees will be required to vote on the rezoning request.
Area Development Foundation
Jeff Harris, president of the Area Development Foundation, gave a brief update on some of the activities of the ADF.
He said the Siemens site has already attracted several visitors to look over parts of the property, although no offers have been made.
He said there have also been visitors to the RJM site in the Industrial Park and he filled them in about the effort by Mid-Ohio Regional Planning to compile a list of transportation improvement projects that can be taken off the shelf if money should become available.
Jefferson Township rezoning
RPC Secretary Darrel Severns told the commission that a letter, signed by a number of neighbors of The Mohicans, was received, asking that any renewed request for rezoning of that property be tabled for six months. However, Severns said, if a zoning issue is sent to the commission, it has to issue a recommendation within 40 days or it is automatically approved.
Severns said no new rezoning request has been filed by Mohicans owner Kevin Mooney and he expects the matter will wind up a civil court action since the dispute between Mooney and the neighbors has mostly to do with deed restrictions.
Mooney originally filed a rezoning request this summer and the RPC recommended approval, but Mooney withdrew the request when the Jefferson Township Zoning Board suggested that another zoning designation would be more appropriate.