The Tipp City Planning Board Feb. 14 recommended the City Council change the zoning code to accommodate locating a police department public impound lot at the former city Electric Plant on North First Street. The board also heard questions, but said it could not provide answers, on the proposed stadium project.
Matt Spring, city planner/zoning administrator, told the board the police department had proposed previously an impound lot next to the city’s Service Center at 312 Park Ave. The board in 2014 approving a special use for that location.
The lot has not been built yet and a different use is being considered by the city for that site, Spring said.
As a result, the city is proposing a new site at the old Electric Plant on North First Street. The property’s light industrial zoning, however, does not include any provision for an impound lot. The board was asked to recommend a zoning code change that would allow public impound lots in the light industrial district.
The board voted 4-0 to recommend the zoning code change. Board chair Stacy Wall was not at the meeting.
During the public comment time of the meeting, resident Abby Bowling told the board she had a series of questions about the proposed stadium project at City Park and a conceptual stadium design presented to the Board of Education.
Armed with a series of photos she had taken, Bowling said her questions included the proposed location of the new stadium in the park and how many trees would be impacted.
Andrew Thornbury, board vice chairman, said the board had not received any drawings or other information on any stadium project for review.
Bowling also asked how someone who had concerns about a project could privately obtain an “understanding” and express concerns.
She said her concern was to not be “blindsided” by the project and, pointing to a committee of the city, board of education and citizens working on the proposal, asked who would bring a plan to the city
Spring said the city had not received any plan submissions, and he didn’t know who would be making submissions.