Edon Council Wants Smaller Setbacks For Residential Areas

dsc_7904By: James Pruitt

Setbacks in residential areas could significantly shrink if the Edon village council has to override the planning commission.

The council sent a notice to the planners of its desire to reduce the setbacks and asked the commission to reconsider its previous stance. If the planning commission holds to its decision, council would need five votes to override.

The village now has 20-foot setback requirements for its three residential zones. Under the council’s plan, the largest lots would have a setback of 10 feet, while the limit for R-2 and R-3 would be 5 feet.

Council also voted 4-2 to modify the motion requiring a survey of the property if a building wanted to encroach on the setback.

The planning commission does not. It has 60 days now to respond to the council.

The Planning Commission has been updating the zoning ordinances for the village and the two bodies agree on five of six proposed changes.

The council approved an ordinance 04-16 to increase the maximum for a building on a lot from 499 square feet to 1,400.

The council and planning commission also agreed with the percentage of lot coverage for an accessory building.

In other actions:
Council unanimously supported accepting the 2017 budget rates.

Council approved the re-codifying of the Village Book. The update will include legislation passed in 2015, new water and sewer rates, new tax codes and updating local laws to match state laws.

Approved trick of treating for 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Chip

Approved changing Park Street into an alley between Church and Lane.

Approved changing the fee for rezoning, variances and vacations from $400 to $200.

Officials expressed hope the village would be successful in attracting a Family Dollar to town.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

James Pruitt may be reached at

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