Petitions attempting to block a zoning change for part of the Tam O'Shanter golf course had enough signatures to be on the November ballot. Now township trustees must certify the petitions.

JACKSON TWP.  Residents hoping to stop rezoning of 62 acres of Tam O'Shanter golf course appear to have succeeded in getting the issue on the November ballot.

The Stark County Board of Elections determined that 1,414 of the people who signed referendum petitions are eligible voters. The petitions needed 1,099 valid signatures, and residents seeking the referendum collected 1,543 signatures.

Township trustees are expected to certify the petitions, which must be filed with the Board of Elections by 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Trustees will meet in a regular session on Tuesday.

The referendum would be on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

In June, trustees approved a request to rezone 62 acres on Tam O'Shanter's north side. The change would allow for retail business development at the intersection of Everhard Road and Fulton Drive NW, and east along Fulton.

The club owners said the rezone allows them to sell 205 acres of the golf course to Stark Parks for a new park. Another 20 acres would be given to the township for athletic fields. Owners have said the course will close likely after the 2020 season. The land is currently zoned residential and could be sold for a housing development.

Residents who live north and west of the golf course believe the change will make traffic at the Everhard and Fulton intersection worse. They also are concerned about noise and light pollution that would be created if large buildings are constructed along Fulton.

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