Council approves housing, zoning ordinances

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The Westfield City Council met for a regular meeting March 11. The council will meet again at 7 p.m. March 25 at City Hall, 130 Penn St.

What happened: The Downtown Westfield Association’s administrative coordinator made a presentation to the council.

What it means: Administrative Coordinator Colleene Quinn presented a brief overview of the programs and events coordinated by the organization. Quinn said the DWA is working to improve its website, present new and continuing events and create a membership packet, to be rolled out in 2020.

 

What happened: A change of zoning request was approved unanimously for The Lyons Real Estate Team.

What it means: Petitioner Mike Lyons, of The Lyons Team, a local real estate team with Keller Williams Realty, had requested a change of zoning for approximately 0.09 acres at 750 Liberty Dr., so the office can be used as a real estate office.

The Lancaster housing development was unanimously approved at the Westfield City Council’s March 11 meeting. (File map)

What happened: The council unanimously approved the Lancaster planned unit development.

What it means: Lancaster, a 145-acre housing development by Platinum Properties Management Co., has approval at the northwest corner of 186th Street and Spring Mill Road. The project includes a variety of home models, including single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes, for a maximum of 490 lots.

 

What happened: The Oak Manor North II planned unit development district ordinance was approved.

What it means: The ordinance to make an amendment to building and design standards for a 1-acre property at 3540 E. Ind. 32 for a business, Tire Discounters, was approved. Tire Discounters is an auto service shop. Councilor Cindy Spoljaric voted against the ordinance with concerns about the business’ overhead doors facing Ind. 32 and the placement of a monument sign.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved a resolution to re-establish a cumulative capital development fund.

What it means: The fund will re-implement a 5-cent tax per every $100 of assessed value on a property. The CCD tax rate currently is 5 cents, so there is no change. The tax will be levied on 2019 taxes that will be paid in 2020.

 

What happened: Councilors held a public hearing for the voluntary annexation of a property in northwest Westfield.

What it means: Owners of property at the southeast corner of 193rd Street and Casey Road have petitioned the City of Westfield for their land to be annexed into city limits. The ordinance, if passed, will take effect Jan. 1, 2020 and return to council for final approval in May. No one spoke at the public hearing.

 

What happened: The council introduced an ordinance petitioned by Headfirst Holdings, LLC, which is requesting a reduction of the required landscape buffer.

What it means: No action was taken. The council will vote on the ordinance at its May 13 meeting after receiving a recommendation from the Westfield Advisory Plan Commission.

 

What happened: Petitioners presented a plan for a new, indoor beach volleyball facility at Grand Park.

What it means: Petitioner Katie Conner said the project would diversify the type of sports offered at Grand Park. No action was taken. The ordinance will be presented to the Westfield Advisory Plan Commission April 1. The commission will choose to give a recommendation to the council May 8, and the ordinance will return to the city council for a vote May 13.

 

What happened: Owner Noah Herron of Urban Vines winery is petitioning for an ordinance that would change zoning on the Urban Vines property at 303 E. 161st St. for special uses on the property.

What it means: The change of zoning, if approved, would allow Urban Vines to hold special and temporary-use events on the property, such as weddings, concerts and more. No action was taken, and the ordinance will be passed to the advisory plan commission for a discussion and recommendation at its April 1 and May 8 meetings. The council will vote on the ordinance at its May 13 meeting.

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