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Commissioners Hire ZoneCo to Look at Subdivision Regulations

ms consultants, inc.

May 27, 2021

KEY ACTION Commissioners awarded a $64,250 contract to ZoneCo, a zoning consultancy, to help modify and manage subdivision regulations to specifically encourage and require open space subdivisions and address irregular lots in Wayne County.


DISCUSSION Commissioner Ron Amstutz said in Wednesday’s meeting that “this is one of our top priorities of 2021.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an open space is a piece of land that is undeveloped and accessible to the public, particularly in urban areas, as open spaces “protect a community’s natural green infrastructure, providing places for recreation, preserving important environmental and ecological functions, and enhancing quality of life.”


The two applicants for the project in Wayne County were Environmental Planning & Design, Pittsburgh, and ZoneCo LLC. Commissioners, th planning office and the engineer agreed to awarded ZoneCo the contract to partner with MS Consultants, who will handle the access management standards portion of the project.


Other actions include grant request, enterprise zone agreements

Agreed to continue a community-based corrections program by authorizing an agreement with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Wayne County Common Pleas Court’s Office of Adult Probation for a $505,104 grant to support the program, and an agreement between the department and Municipal Court that for a $225,496 grant for a electronic monitoring. The grants are annual.


Approved the Wayne County Juvenile/Probate Court’s $26,995.50 request and the Wayne County Common Pleas Court’s $58,448.50 request for technology grants from the Ohio Supreme Court’s technology initiative.


The Juvenile/Probate Court will use the grant to purchase equipment and install audio recording systems. Common Pleas Court will use the funds for a security camera system.


Approved the Wayne County Sheriff’s application for a $39,996 Law Enforcement Diversion Program Grant to establish a Quick Response Team to help address the opioid epidemic.


Entered into an enterprise zone agreement with Stahl, a Scott Fetzer Company, Plain Township trustees and the commissioners. Stahl seeks to build a 16,000-square-foot facility in order to increase its manufacturing footprint to meet high market demand for truck chip bodies from large tree companies.


Approved a request from the Wayne County Engineer's Office to seek an engineer to design a roundabout at the intersection of Honeytown Road and Smithville-Western Road. The installation of the roundabout is a project under the Ohio Department of Transportation that commissioners approved on April 14.


Authorized an enterprise zone agreement for Lincway Holdings, the Village of Dalton and the commissioners. LincWay Holdings seeks to construct a multi-use nonprofit building that will include a STEM lab, an art studio and cafe.


Approved the Wayne County Engineer’s Local Bridge Replacement grant application to replace the Lehr Road bridge over Little Killbuck Creek. The engineer can apply for funding in 2027, with estimates showing the project to cost up to $800,000.


Granted the County administrator permission to enter into and sign agreements with suppliers of natural gas and electricity for Wayne County group purchasing and aggregation programs.