Nelson seeks to spell out guidelines for small businesses in residential districts

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

A zoning referendum in Nelson Township, if approved, will specify guidelines for family owned small businesses in residential districts.

Appearing on Tuesday's ballot as Issue 13, a "yes" vote would approve two zoning amendments.

Nelson Trustee Joseph Leonard said the measure is essentially for cleaning up the text of the code and that there isn't one single event that encouraged trustees to look at the changes.

The amendments establish definitions for a "family owned small business" and clarify what uses are and aren't permitted -- something Leonard said has been a "gray area" before.

"It really is not going to change that much in our township that I can see," Leonard said. "These amendments are for everybody. If the voters don't want it, then end of story."

Among various changes to the code, the amendments would specify operating hours for approved businesses (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily), the number of signs and their sizes and parking conditions.

The public can view the specific amendments at www.nelsontownshipohio.org/zoning.html.

According to the proposed codes, the amendments would officially preclude the following from operating in residential areas: adult uses; restaurants, clubs, drinking establishments and gambling establishments; selling well water pumped from residential wells; undertaking and funeral parlors; kennels, veterinarian clinics and animal hospitals; exterminators; sawmills.

Regardless of the changes to the code, Leonard noted Nelson's Board of Zoning Appeals will still have to issue permits to any person seeking to run such a business in residential areas.

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