New Carlisle firm seeks rezoning

Company’s request raises concern about water-well area.

Landowner Wenrick Family Partnership applied to rezone the property from residential to industrial so development can proceed, though no companies have committed at this time, Wenco Development Co. spokesman Mark Tangeman said.

“We’ve had multiple inquiries (for the property) and we have to get the zoning fixed,” Tangeman said.

But Enon council and several residents near the property expressed concern at Enon’s council meeting last week because the tract sits within the village’s wellhead protection area and near residential areas.

The property was rezoned to a planned commercial development district in 1994. But because the development didn’t proceed, it automatically reverted back to residential, according to a letter from Allan Neimayer, senior planner for Clark County Community Development to Enon Mayor Tim Howard and Mad River Twp. Trustee Kathy Estep.

The rezoning application obtained by the Springfield News-Sun indicates the site is bound by residential-zoned property on the south side of Dayton-Springfield Road and on the east.

Part of its perimeter is bound by Speedway Drive and commercial-zoned property to the north, and commercial-zoned property to the west.

“The reason that I bring this to the council’s attention (is) that particular property does lie within the village’s wellhead protection area’s five-year time-to-travel,” Howard said.

Council members unanimously agreed with Howard that the council should either be present at the meetings or send correspondence detailing its concerns over the proposed industrial site being in the protection area.

Enon supplies water to a large part of western Clark County and residential areas in Mad River Twp., according to Estep.

She said she didn’t have enough information to comment about any development but said that the wellhead issue and its proximity to residential areas should be addressed.

Estep serves on the village’s Source Water Protection Committee.

“There are issues we need to look at because it is a sensitive piece of property,” she said.

The case will be reviewed at 2 p.m. Tuesday by the Clark County Planning Commission. A public hearing with the Clark County Rural Zoning Commission will follow at 8:30 a.m. July 11.

Both meetings will be in conference room 151 at the Springview Government Center, 3130 E. Main St.

“We surely don’t want to hamper economic development in the area. This is not inside the corporate limits of the village ... But it does lie within the village’s protection area,” Howard said.

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