2880 Ada Rd, Lima, OH 45801 | Phone: (419)-221-1797
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In late 2017 and early 2018 it was noted to the Trustees that the Lost Creek subdivision was facing some long term challenges that were brought to light in the conflict over a rezoning request for a new Chipotle on Harding Hwy. This was closely followed by the closing of the golf course and a possible large area annexation to Lima. The Trustees determined that development over the years along the Harding Highway corridor had been haphazard and unplanned. This had led to several problems, including gradual business creep into the legacy residential area, an increasing number of vacant lots on Harding Hwy., higher and higher concentrations of homes owned by absentee landlords, bad traffic patterns, soft or declining home values, low levels of re-investment in homes, and a decline in the condition of a significant number of existing business buildings already located in Lost Creek.
After significant research on possible solutions and numerous meetings for public input, the Trustees decided on a relative new zoning technique often called an “overlay”. In March of 2020, with the positive recommendations of the Regional Planning Commission and the Bath Zoning Board, the Trustees passed an “overlay” PUD for the Harding Highway corridor along the southern edge of Lost Creek. This overlay does the following:
In order to enforce the restrictions in the overlay and ensure that high quality and compatible business development will result, the Trustees structured the “overlay” so that it does not change zoning by the passing of this resolution. In order for zoning to change, any new business developer must submit a development plan to the Trustees, who then must confirm the plan’s compliance with all the protections in the overlay. Only then does any zoning change, and then the change is limited to just that property. This system allows for new businesses and employers to come to this already substantially commercialized area, while still protecting the residential area from harmful intrusions.
As residents decide how to vote on the upcoming referendum, we highly recommend that they visit the Bath Trustee website @ bathtwp.com, follow the “Harding Highway Business Overlay” tab under “Township News”, and actually read the overlay proposal.
Bill Degen, Bob Sielschott, & Brad Baxter, Bath Township Trustees
Bath Township Administration Building, Road Department, Zoning Office and Social Hall are now closed for an undetermined time. You can still contact the township via email (firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (419) 221-1797. If you have an Emergency, please call 911. If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, please call the Community Call Center at 419-226-9000 before visiting a medical facility. We encourage people to stay home and only venture out for necessary travels and needs. We will continue to provide updates via the Township website as things progress.
Brad Baxter, Chairman
Robert Sielschott, Vice Chairman
William Degen, Trustee
As the situation of the Covid-19 Virus widens we are faced with having to do township business in alternative ways. Recently the General Assembly made changes to the Ohio Open Meetings Act in response to the COVID-19 outbreak (HB197). The bill allows public bodies to conduct meetings electronically during this state of emergency. In order to maintain continuity of township business the Bath Township Board of Trustees have decided to conduct our regular scheduled meeting on April 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via “GotoMeeting”. You may choose to attend the meeting via your smart phone, by downloading the app or by accessing the internet via your computer or desktop/laptop. This meeting will not be open to public comment however, the public is encouraged to email questions, comments or concerns about the meeting subject matter to email@example.com.
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