A week ago, the commissioners delayed a decision on the proposed changes to zoning regulations that also affect agritourism and other land uses in unincorporated areas of the county.
They delayed a decision on the proposed changes after discussing the implications with Trustee Jon Sams and representatives from the Schueler Group and Ken Natorp, two developers controlling most of the land in an economic development district established around the interchange.
“We know there are competing factors,” Sams said during the discussion a week ago.
There was no one from the township at Tuesday’s meeting. None of the property owners or developers spoke.
At the Nov. 29 meeting, Joe Kramer of the Schueler Group pointed to new distribution centers opening in the area, as more and more retailers rely on sale of goods sold over the internet. He said they created “hundreds if not thousands of jobs.”
While historically relatively low paying, Kramer said the jobs came with health insurance and other benefits and wages were rising in response to increased demand for workers in this sector.
The distribution centers will be permitted through a conditional use process overseen by the county’s board of zoning appeals.
“They do need to be controlled,” Kramer said.
Warehousing depot plans would continue to be reviewed by staff and the commissioners.