MOUNT VERNON — The Regional Planning Commission gave its approval to two land use issues before it Thursday, while a third was withdrawn.

The commission voted unanimously to accept a revised preliminary plat of a lot split on Weaver Road in Miller Township. Because it is the sixth parcel formed from an original plat, it is governed by major subdivision rules, which calls for approval or rejection by the commission. The new lot is still five acres, but the front of the lot has been made wider, with the proposed building inside in the wider part, giving the necessary clearance to the property border and a back section, divided from the front by a conservation easement, does not have to be separated from the front.

The township now has a year to complete and record the new plat.

The commission recommended approval of revisions to the Wayne Township zoning resolution. Township official said the resolution had not been updated since 1998 and there were several items they wanted to clarify, such as including AirBNBs in the definition of businesses subject to the county “bed tax.” The township also agreed to several recommendations made by the Land Use Committee.

The proposed changes are available online at

A request to rezone property at 17700 Nashville Road in Jefferson Township from agriculture to general business was withdrawn. The owners plan to open a custom clean and butcher shop, but they decided that by using goats raised on the property it would be an allowed conditional use under the agriculture zoning.
The slate of officer candidates for the coming year was presented. Nominations for additional candidates will remain open until the election at the March meeting.
The existing slate includes Vic Turner of Brown Township, chairman; Roger Yarman of College Township, vice chairman; Jason Rogers of Hilliar Township, treasurer; and Terry Steinmetz of Mount Vernon, Land Use chair.

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