Monday, March 12, 2001

Mason water tower is up for a hearing

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — The township Board of Zoning Appeals this week will consider Mason's request to build a 175-foot water tower on Mason Road.

        The board will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the trustees meeting room in Landen Station on Montgomery Road. The meeting was originally scheduled April 12, but a special meeting was granted at the request of the city.

        Tim Hershner, township director of zoning and planning, said the board meeting will be a quasi-judicial hearing and that only information presented there can be introduced in a later appeal of the board's decision.

        “The bottom line is, if you want a concern to be heard, you need to present it to the board at the hearing or by writing a letter to my attention, which I can enter into the record at the hearing,” Mr. Hershner said.

        The meeting takes place two weeks after the township's zoning commission denied Mason's site plan request for the tower. The board said the city's proposal did not conform to the maximum building height regulations in the zoning code.

        Mason officials want to build the $2.5 million water tower on six acres along Mason Road, which is zoned single-family residential. However, the township's zoning code prohibits construction of any structure taller than 35 feet in areas zoned for single-family use.

        City officials will ask the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance, allowing them to build a structure taller than 35 feet, and a conditional-use permit, allowing for the construction of a government utility. The board has the final say on all zoning matters.


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