WADSWORTH: The Board of Zoning Appeals Monday approved a second variance for a proposed apartment complex at the northeast corner of Reimer Road and Hinkle Drive.
Last November the commission approved a variance to allow some of the apartments to be built within 150 feet of oil and gas wells and storage tanks on the property. In January, the Planning Commission approved the project.
However, recent surveys indicate the wetlands on the property have "expanded significantly", according to Planning Director Jeff Kaiser. This increase, which would have to be disturbed, exceeds what the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers would approve.
Because of the wetland increase, the developer, Pride One, expects to purchase additional abutting land for the project. The land also has existing gas wells and a storage tank.
In order to add this land to the development, a new variance was needed because of the wells. Wadsworth has more stringent regulations concerning the distance between wells and new residences than the state of Ohio. Thus, the board authorized the distance to be within 150 feet based upon approval by the city Safety Director and Fire Chief.
In a May 6 letter, Safety Director Matt Hiscock and Fire Chief Carl Rommel supported the request for the variance based upon the installation of an earthen dike around each structure as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.
With the additional land, the acreage for the project will increase from the original 23 acres to 36 and the number of apartments decreased from 149 to 141.
Shifting the location of the apartment complex is also expected to provide for the future development of eight dwellings along the Reimer Road frontage.