Friday, 26 October 2018 22:50

Solon, OH, Issue 92 To Create Auto Repair Zone

Written by Sue Reid, Chagrin Valley Today

Solon, OH, voters will be asked Nov. 6 to consider Issue 92, a new zoning classification for an area along Aurora and Old South Miles roads.


Approval of Issue 92 would create the I-3 zoning classification and allow for automotive-related uses within the area, including body shops and general vehicle repair.


The zone change was the same one proposed in 2016 as part of the Liberty Ford expansion, which did not come to fruition. Requesting the zone change for the I-3 classification was Darren Guerrini of Reno G. Properties LLC, the property owner on Aurora Road.


City officials held multiple public hearings on the I-3 zone before both the Planning Commission and City Council approved the measure for the ballot.


“This is recommended in the master plan and has been since 2010,” City Planning Director Robert S. Frankland explained. “It takes existing industrial zoned land and adds certain automotive repair-type uses.”


Currently, there is no area in the district that allows automotive repair, he continued.


“Having access to vehicle repair services and body shops is important to the city,” Frankland noted.


Currently, the only body and repair shops are non-conforming uses and new body or repair shops cannot be constructed.


This zoning classification would allow auto repair to locate in the industrial areas.


There would be rules associated with proper screening, and no outdoor storage of vehicles would be permitted, according to the proposal.


Approval would establish the new I-3 zoning classification and then apply the district to Guerrini’s properties and adjacent properties, Frankland explained. There is currently detailing work being done in the building for BMW and Ford.


The I-3 encompasses about 10 acres and is located in Ward 6. Passage would require a majority vote both citywide and in the affected ward.


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