At the June 23, 2016 meeting of the Bethel Township Miami County Zoning Commission, the commissioners heard two rezoning requests. The first request submitted by Phyllis Hanson, was to split the 14.785-acre lot at 4485 Scarff Road into a 3.154-acre lot and an 11.631-acre lot. In addition, Hanson requested that the 3.154-acre lot be rezoned from A-2 General Agriculture to R1-AAA Residential. The 11.631 acres would remain A-2 General Agriculture. The existing house and barn would be included with the smaller lot. The purpose of the rezoning is to sell the house and the land separately. Currently, Hanson has a potential buyer for the land who is already farming the acreage and is contiguous to property he currently owns. The commissioners approved the lot split contingent on the buyer combining the 11.163 acres with the parcel currently owned. The contingency is necessary to ensure that the 11.163 lot is not land locked without access to a public road. The potential buyers agreed to the contingency. A public hearing for the lot split and rezoning is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on July 12, 2016, after which the Bethel Township Trustees will make a final decision on the rezoning request.

The second case, requested by Thomas Burrowes, sought to rezone 10.3 acres at 9885 Palmer Road from A-2 General Agriculture to A-1 Domestic Agriculture. The commissioners recommended the rezoning. The public hearing is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on July 12, 2016, after which the Bethel Township Trustees will make a final decision on the rezoning request.

In other business, Planning and Zoning Administrator Marty Caskey announced that Julie Reese, who is currently servicing on the Bethel Township Board of Zoning Appeals, will fill the vacant seat on the Zoning Commission. In addition, Jeff Butt, who is serving as an alternate on the Board of Zoning Appeals, will fill Reeseā€™s current position. The alternate position on the Board of Zoning Appeals is open. Any interested parties should contact the township office at 845-8472.

A meeting of the Bethel Township Zoning Commission is currently not scheduled for July.

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