The Harris’s had planned to sell their property to a developer for Casey’s General Store to build a 10-pump gas station/convenience store on the property. However, a conditional use permit was needed in order to proceed with the project and was not the final development plan for the project.
The Planning Commission discussed the application on March 1, April 5 and May 3 as well as held a public hearing on March 1, according to records submitted by the village.
There was a number of residents who spoke for and against the proposed request for a conditional use permit, which was the first step to redevelop the property. The Planning Commission also had to make a decision at its May 3 meeting due to the 60-day timeframe required in the village code.
The six-member commission voted 3-3 on the request for a conditional use permit which required at least four votes for approval. The tie vote resulted in denying the request. Those members voting against the request cited close proximity to two other gas stations, traffic safety and public health concerns.
The administrative appeal case has been assigned to Common Pleas Judge Timothy Tepe. No hearing date has been set, according to the Warren County Clerk of Courts website.