SILVER LAKE — Council members do not want to rezone the elementary school property, but they’ve asked Planning Commission to examine narrowing the permitted uses of the land in that zoning district.
Village Council on Aug. 5 unanimously approved permanently tabling legislation that proposed changing the zoning of the 4.3-acre Silver Lake Elementary School property from an Institutional District to a Residential District. Council then adopted a motion made by Council member Tim Nichols (District C) asking the planning commission to look at "narrowing and more specifically defining zoning limitations on that property."
Council member Therese Dunphy (District B) said her colleagues want the commission to look at restricting what types of structures can be built in an Institutional District.
"We wanted to narrow the institutional use such that it could [still] be an elementary school, but not a charter [school], not a storage facility," said Dunphy.
Council President Jerry Jones (At Large) said in a previous interview he requested the rezoning legislation "so that the village can pretty much determine what goes in there if [the school district] would close the school and decide to try to sell it off or tear it down."
The planning commission recommended against rezoning the property at 2970 Overlook Road and commission chair Jeff Heintz said his fellow members believe council "should limit the alternative uses currently permissible" under the current zoning classification.
Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols said there have been no decisions regarding any K-5 building plans. Nichols explained that elementary school building plans would be part of the district’s Master Facilities Planning Committee’s second phase of review. School district officials are in the first phase in which they are asking voters to approve a tax issue this fall that will include a 36-year bond issue to pay for construction of a new sixth through 12th grade building.
The planning commission has not yet scheduled a date to review this issue. The commission typically meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6 p.m.
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