Planning & Zoning

Deadline extended: VILLAGE INITIATES COMPRENSIVE ZONING AND SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE REVISION

VILLAGE INITIATES COMPRENSIVE ZONING AND SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE REVISION

About the Zoning Code Revision –The Village of Johnstown Zoning Code Revision is a collaborative process that will revise village-wide zoning regulations to shape future growth and help realize the community’s vision for the future – a safe, beautiful, vibrant and livable community with a robust local economy. Johnstown’s original zoning code was adopted in 1983 with no compressive revision since.

What is the Zoning Code and why is it important? The Zoning Code is one of the most influential policy documents to shape the future of the Village of Johnstown. It will build upon the foundation of the 2006 and 2012 Strategic Plan and other prior planning endeavors.

How long will the Zoning Code Revision take? The Zoning Code Rewrite will be a yearlong process.

How can I get involved? There will be many ways to be involved. The Village is currently accepting letters of interest from any Village resident or business owner/operator. Letters of interest can be emailed to Teresa Monroe (tmonroe@johnstownohio.org) or by mail to Teresa Monroe, Clerk of Council at 599 S. Main Street, PO Box 457, Johnstown, Ohio 43031. The original deadline has been extended and letters must be received by October 3rd, 2014 at 1:00pm.

Johnstown ripe for new business development

By SCOTT RAWDON

ThisWeek Community NewsSunday October 14, 2012

Johnstown is ready for new business development, particularly light manufacturing and assembly, according to Licking County development manager Dan Evers.

He addressed the Johnstown administration’s weekly multi-committee meeting Oct. 8 at the village offices.

Evers is leading a countywide effort to advertise Licking County’s assets to potential commercial and industrial investors.

“We don’t really look at it as, ‘What does the community need?’ but (instead), ‘What does it offer?'” he said.

Evers said Johnstown offers a sizable business park with infrastructure in place, with additional sites and infrastructure coming.

“The community is positioned for light manufacturing, assembly and other manufacturing support industries,” he said. “This is a niche the community is well-fit to serve.”

Evers said Johnstown already has a core of solid successful businesses within the community today. Those businesses, he said, also have the potential to expand existing sites.

“There’s great opportunity for organic growth, as well as new investment,” he said.

Evers said it’s just as important to meet and get to know the existing businesses in addition to advertising Johnstown and the rest of Licking County to new businesses looking to expand, relocate or start from scratch.

“We’re very pleased to have (Evers) come and speak with us,” Johnstown Village Council member Carol Van Deest said.

She said she agrees with Evers’ assessment that Johnstown could be a good host for businesses of about 100 employees. She said she also understands that the county is marketing Johnstown as just one part of Licking County.

“They don’t just focus on one area,” she said.

Van Deest said Evers and village planner Jim Lenner are integral to how the village markets itself to new economic development. In fact, because Johnstown currently can’t afford an economic development director of its own, the village is depending upon Evers and Lenner, who is a member of the Grow Licking County Community Investment Corp., to do most of the marketing.

“We’re happy that Jim is on the CIC,” she said. “I think that’s how we’re working through things at this point. … A group marketing together is better than one community on its own.”

Evers said he believes that overall, marketing Licking County to potential developers is going well, particularly in the wake of the Ascena Retail Group Inc. expanding its operation in the Etna Corporate Park. He said the county has responded to 30 inquiries from outside commercial developers since April, and he’s been able to suggest multiple suitable sites within the county to each inquiry.

“We’re not saying we just have this one site that works,” Evers said.

He said he is able to tell each inquiry the county has many sites, including those within Johnstown.

Van Deest said it’s her understanding that the Johnstown Industrial Park is approaching capacity and that it could be time to begin considering other places to establish development sites. She said she hopes, however, that any new site, if possible, would not contribute to truck traffic through the village.

Village Council Approves Updated Strategic Plan

Johnstown Village Council approved an important update to the existing Strategic Plan at their September 18th meeting. Starting in 2011, the Village Planning & Zoning Commission embarked on an in-house update to the strategic plan. Working with the staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission went page by page through the existing Plan to determine the areas in need of updating. What started out as a quick review turned into a twelve month endeavor to produce an update that will guide future development in the years to come. The 2012 Strategic Plan (effective October 1, 2012) will provide a updated strategic approach to achieving the community’s vision by creating a plan for the physical development of the Village as well as general policy statements of how to get there. It is a guide for developers, landowners, concerned citizens, and elected officials as they make decisions about land. This information contained in this update must be used in conjunction with the previous Strategic Plan.

More information on planning and zoning in the Village can be found here.

Public Hearing on Strategic Plan Update

The Johnstown Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the adoption of amendments to the Strategic Plan. A copy of the draft plan amendment can be found below or by visiting the Village office at 599 S. Main Street. The hearing will be September 5th at 6:30pm at Village Council Chambers.

Strategic Plan Amendment Draft

Future Land Use Map Amendment Draft

Mink Street/Kyber Run Circle Rezoning Hearing Scheduled for July 11th

The Village of Johnstown Planning & Zoning Commission will consider a zoning map amendment for three properties located near the intersection of Mink Street and Kyber Run Circle (.703 acres) from residential (UR-1) to  multi-family residential (AR-1) at their meeting Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at 599 S. Main Street.

Within thirty days after the conclusion of the public hearing a recommendation will be made by the Commission to Council.

Kyber Run Project Narrative

Kyber Run Illustrative Plan

Public Notice – Advance Auto Parts Sign Variance

The Village of Johnstown Planning & Zoning Commission will consider a variance request to construct a man door on the rear wall of a building as required in Section 1155.04 and to construct a wall sign greater than the allowed size buy 25 square feet as required in Section 1171.03 of the zoning ordinance at their regular meeting Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at 599 S. Main Street. The property is located at 751 West Coshocton Street (Auditor PIN # 03151650714021003000).

For Information Contact:
Jim Lenner, Village Manager at jlenner@villageofjohnstown.org or 967-3177

Click Here to View Proposed Wall and Monument Sign

Zoning Information Available Online

The Village has partnered with the Licking County Area Transportation Study and the City of Newark to post zoning, transportation, parks, recreation, parcel, economic development and other important information via an online mapping system. You can access this the website at http://gis.newarkohio.net/lcats/.

PUBLIC NOTICE – 41 STEVENS STREET

The Village of Johnstown Planning & Zoning Commission will consider a variance request to construct a residential structure on a property less than 10,000 square feet at 41 Stevens Street as required in Section 1151.04 of the zoning ordinance at their regular meeting Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at 599 S. Main Street.

For more information contact:
Jim Lenner
Village Manager
740.967.3177
jlenner@villageofjohnstown.org