Sagamore Hills Trustees schedule Nov. 9 public hearing on proposed zoning changes

Jeff Saunders
Kent Weeklies
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SAGAMORE HILLS — Township residents will have an upcoming opportunity to voice their views on changes the zoning commission proposed to the township’s zoning regulations.

During a special meeting Thursday afternoon, the Board of Trustees scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m., before the board’s 7 p.m. regular meeting, said Trustee John Zaccardelli.

“After our public [hearing], we’ll close out, go into our normal meeting and at that time we’ll decide in the public meeting if we’re going to vote on that, accept what [the commission] gave us or modify what they gave us, or send it back to them,” he said. “We have a choice.”

Zaccardelli said Thursday’s meeting lasted only a few minutes and there was no discussion of the changes.

The commission had its own public hearing on the changes on Sept. 28. Commission Chairman David Koncal said Thursday that no one from the public attended the hearing. 

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The proposed changes would be in four of the resolution’s sections. Under Section Two, definitions, changes would include the removal of a number of items, including definitions of various “adult entertainment establishments,” such as adult book and video stores, adult cabarets and adult movie theaters.

Also removed would be definitions of nude model studio, nudity or a state of nudity, sexually-oriented business, specified anatomical area, and specified sexual activity.

Other deletions would be definitions for boarding, lodging or tourist homes, commercial recreation parks, high-rise apartments, Internet sweepstakes cafés and Internet business centers, and municipal central sewer and water services.

Koncal said in September that the main reason for the deletions are due to those items no longer being needed. For example, the state has tightened up on regulations regarding sex- and Internet-related businesses, which supersede township regulations anyway. Apartments are only allowed in planned unit developments, such as Greenwood Village and Eaton Estates, and these fall under federal regulations, said Koncal.

And municipal central sewer and water services and commercial recreation parks no longer exist in the township, he said.

Other definitions would be added. These include bars, drive-in, drive-thru and fast food services, living areas within buildings, outdoor recycling collection bins, restaurants, development site plans, taverns, “use” as pertaining to land and buildings, rear yards, and the township’s zoning officer.

A number of other definitions would be altered or replaced and there are various housekeeping edits as well.

Section Three, residential districts, would see the addition of regulations concerning accessory structures, such as sheds. To Section 14, planned unit development, would be added regulations regarding accessory structures excluding sheds.

To Section Seven, supplementary regulations, a prohibition barring residential rentals of less than 30 days would be added. Koncal said this is to be proactive and avoid situations that have developed elsewhere in Summit and Cuyahoga counties.

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Hudson is looking at finding its own way of handling such rentals after police estimated that an Oct. 10 party at a home that had been rented for the weekend drew as many as 400 people. Residents subsequently complained that it brought chaos and fear to their neighborhood. Hudson City Council is planning to have a special workshop meeting on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss regulating short-term rentals.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.