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Norwalk residents 'definitely opposed' to proposed rezoning

Cary Ashby • Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 10:52 PM

About six Norwalk residents shared their opposition to rezoning 111 W. Main St. for general business Tuesday.

Norwalk city council held a public hearing before its work session about the application to rezone that property from multi-family residential to general business. Law director Stuart O’Hara said the city didn’t realize there was a motorcycle repair shop, B & L Repair Shop, there until someone filed a complaint and zoning officer Mitch Laughton investigated it.

Richard Moore, whose family has lived at 108 W. Main St. since 1973, said he and his neighbors are “definitely opposed” to the rezoning and noted there is a lot of noise associated with test-running bikes.

“I don’t need that noise,” he added.

Other West Main and Pleasant street residents said having a repair shop at 111 W. Main St. will attract more noise, could be a hazard for the students at Pleasant Elementary and complained that rezoning the property was an example of “spot zoning.” Jordy Horowitz, an at-large council member, said he spoke to Principal Janice Smith, who reported having no complaints from students, parents or staff members.

“It’s an inappropriate business for that neighborhood,” said Steven Zigo, of 86 W. Main St.

Council president Steve Euton said the issue is currently tabled and next week likely is when council would make its decision. He also said it’s important to consider making the “correct change,” not just that residents are for or against the rezoning.

Before the work session started, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan gave the oath of office to Matt Doughty, a Democrat, as the new council representative for the fourth ward. Doughty, who replaces Chris Castle, thanked his family and friends for their support and said his message to city residents is he plans to be supportive and make Norwalk “a safe community to live in.”

Also, public works director Josh Snyder discussed a joint construction project with the Ohio Department of Transportation to resurface U.S. 20 from the end of the Norwalk bypass to 1,850 feet east of Laylin Road. He said the city’s portion of the project is $4,442.

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