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Redrafted version of building heights regulations accepted

Published July 12. 2011 05:01PM

Against the recommendations of the Mahoning Township Planning Commission, township supervisors last night voted 4-0 with Supervisor George Stawnyczyj absent to move forward with the amendments to the zoning ordinance's building height regulation as it was redrafted by the supervisors earlier this year. At issue was the height of residential and commercial buildings and how this height was to be measured.

While the commission and supervisors were in agreement with the residential requirement of a building being no higher than 40 feet with ten feet for items on top of the roof so the height does not exceed 50 feet, the planning commission recommended the supervisors increase the height of commercial buildings to 50 feet.

"My understanding of what we drafted is the building itself is to be no more than 40 feet with 10 feet above that allowed for air conditioning units, antennas and other apparatus," said Chairperson John Wieczorek.

"If we make the height 50 feet would that include the 10 extra feet or is it 10 feet in addition for roof elements," asked Supervisor Frank Ruch. He pointed out that his understanding was the ordinance would read that the building would need to be the lesser of two and a half stories or 40 feet so the modification would make that two and a half stories or 50 feet.

Ruch said, "The medical center that was proposed would not meet the lower height if we use 40 feet because it would have to be less than two and a half stories or 40 feet." Supervisor Travis Steigerwalt said such issues would need a variance and be determined on a case by case basis.

After some more dialogue the supervisors agreed to leave the ordinance the way they originally drafted it limiting the height requirement to 40 feet plus 10 feet for roof items. The vote carried 4-0 as Stawnyczyj was not present at the meeting yet.

Supervisors also retabled the seven waivers for Packerton Yards as they still had not received the details on the answers to questions they had regarding them. Wieczorek asked that until they receive the information the issues should be tabled and they were on a 4-0 vote as well.

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