Poland Village Council turned down a proposed project to build a 60-unit senior living center next to the post office on U.S. 224 at the Tuesday, Feb. 19 meeting. The rejection was followed by a move to redefine the Village Zoning regulations for a "professional" zone.
Last fall, a representative from the Miller Valentine Group attended Village Council with a proposal to construct a senior living facility next to the post office. The structure not only exceeded the building height limitations, but also the square footage of the facility compared to the lot it would sit on. The facility would be age restrictive to 55 and older and would be for lower income individuals.
The proposal went before the Poland Village Board of Zoning Appeals recently and it was recommended that the township tun down the the project as it was presented. The recommendation was presented at the council meeting on Tuesday and Village Council members agreed to refuse the variances asked for by the Miller Valentine Group.
Council approved sending a letter officially rejecting the proposal.
That project also led council to take a closer look at the zoning code in the village.
"Our code covers apartment houses and townhouses, but it is vague," said Mayor Tim Sicafuse. "We need to redefine our professional zones."
He said the Planning Commission will be looking over the code and making recommendations to make it more precise. The commission will be doing a review over the coming months.
On another matter, Sicafuse said he will be joined by councilmen Bill Dunnavant and Joe Mazur to form a committee to review a traffic problem in the village.
"We have an ongoing problem with truck traffic on Ohio 170," Sicafuse said. "We are not a destination for truck traffic, just a pass through."
He said a logical route would be Western Reserve Road, but it is only two lanes up to interstate 680.
The committee will be looking at all possible alternatives to try to ease the truck congestion on Ohio 170. The hope is to find a way to reroute the truck traffic.
"At this point we just don't know how we can do it," Sicafuse said.