HINCKLEY TWP. — Township trustees approved rezoning four parcels on state Route 303 following a public hearing Monday despite residents’ concerns.
The owners of four parcels, totaling 3.07 acres in the 2000 block of Center Road, just east of West 130th Street, requested the change. Three are owned by Wolny Properties LLC., and one is owned by Hinckley Land LTD., according to the Medina County auditor’s website.
“We’re looking to develop and sell,” said Gary Wolny, of Wolny Properties LLC. “We own nine parcels (in the area) — three are residential and five are business. The plan is to make the land more sellable today by making one large parcel or several small, depending on what businesses come in.
“We’re looking to make improvements.”
General business allows offices, personal services and restaurants.
Joe Bindofer, who lives in the 2000 block Center Road next to the four parcels, said Monday he’s lived in Hinckley for 20 years and would like to see trustees “maintain the rural character of Hinckley.”
“What do we need in Hinckley in our borders that we don’t have one mile down road on (state Route) 303 in Brunswick?” Bindofer asked trustees. “Look at the congestion, the issues and the problems we have. I think there’s an issue with what developers want and what residents want.”
“I quote that song ‘paved paradise and put up a parking lot,’ ” Bindofer continued. “That’s what will happen here.”
Bill Spellman, chairman of the zoning commission, said during a Nov. 2 public hearing, that residents expressed various concerns including noise, lights, traffic congestion and the potential to lose the “rural character” of the township by land clearing.
“All those inputs and concerns were taken into consideration and they weighed into our decision,” Spellman said Monday.
Trustee Raymond Schulte said the parcels, as they stand, pose development issues.
“We’ve talked to developers about possibilities for the corner, but there have been some obstacles due to limited access on (Route 303),” Schulte said.
He added he knows residents are concerned about access to residential areas.
“If they build something in a business district, they wouldn’t have access to a residential-zoned area,” he said.
“Our zoning codes have barriers that protect residents. When Hinckley Corporate Park went in, they put up barriers and trees, same with West 130th Street with Aldi.”
The Medina County Planning Commission recommended approving the zoning change 5-0 in October, and the township zoning commission approved the request, 3-2, on Nov. 2.
The trustees’ vote Monday finalized the zoning change.
Before the vote, resident Dave Manley asked trustees to hold off on the rezoning until they see specific development plans.
“All the comments being made are premature,” Manley said. “I think this should be set aside until we get an idea what might be (developed).”
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