TWINSBURG — Will the third time be a charm for the potential rezoning of 20 city-owned acres on the northeast corner of Route 91 and Glenwood Drive?
Voters have the ultimate decision on Nov. 5 during the general election.
This past summer, City Council approved two ordinances calling for the rezoning of the overall parcel, and resolutions sending two issues to the Summit County Board of Elections for placement on the ballot. Of the total property, 14.01 acres is now zoned public facilities, 5.19 is zoned planned unit development and 0.8-acre is zoned C-1 commercial. If a majority of voters say "yes" to the ballot issues, all of the land would be rezoned to R-5 single-family cluster district.
The two issues are Issue 46 and Issue 47 on the ballot. Issue 46 concerns one 19.2-acre parcel, which, if passed, would be rezoned from planned unit development and public facilities to R-5 single family cluster. Issue 47 concerns a little more than .8 acre of land currently zoned C-1 commercial. As with Issue 46, if voters approve this issue, the land would be zoned for single family cluster.
On Candidates Night Oct. 21, Councilmen Greg Bellan (W-5) and Scott Barr (at-large) spoke in favor of the measure, which has stirred debate in the community.
Scott Barr said the two issues go hand in hand, adding the land in question in Issue 47 is "the old dentist office property, or for those who have been here longer, the old gas station property."
"City Council has agreed unanimously that the proceeds from the sale of this property would be used to pay off any debt service we have toward the Gleneagles facility," Barr said. "We really want this to be up to the residents. I think it’s important that everybody has a voice in this."
Barr said that the city had "no developer currently lined up for this land," and that "there are no potential buyers currently lined up for this land."
"What it does do is it makes the land much more attractive to a potential builder or developer down the road," Barr said.
The city purchased the property in 1995. Voters rejected rezoning to R-5 in 2016 and to planned unit development in 2006.
The general election is Nov. 5. Polls are open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. However, the Summit County Board of Elections office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, as well as from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2; and 1 to 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4, for voters to cast their ballots early.
For elections information, visit www.summitcountyboe.com.
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, email@example.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC.