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The Suburbanite
  • Developer seeks postponement in Jackson rezoning request

  • The Jackson Township Zoning Commission was supposed to hold a meeting Thursday evening to vote on whether to recommend the township’s trustees approve a  zoning change to allow for the apartments, but the developer requested more time to prepare.

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  • Zoning commissioners won’t give their input about the senior apartments proposed for the land south of Portage Street NW and east of Wales Avenue until next month.
    The zoning commission was supposed to hold a meeting Thursday evening to vote on whether to recommend the township’s trustees approve a zoning change so the apartments can be built, but the developer requested more time to prepare, zoning inspector Joni Poindexter said. The new date is Sept. 12.
    Redwood Acquisition, a Beachwood-based development firm, has requested a zoning change to build attached single-story, single-family, senior-targeted apartments on three tracts of land totaling 23.75 acres. Akron General Medical Center owns the land, which butts against single-family homes and a commercial area and is zoned commercial business and rural residential. Redwood is requesting the land be zoned residential planned unit development.
    A handful of people congregated in the Jackson Township Hall parking lot prior to the scheduled meeting Thursday to speak about the proposed apartments. No one from Redwood Acquisition could be reached for comment.
    The development company asked for a similar zoning change in March, which both the county’s planning commission and the township’s zoning commission approved. But the trustees denied the request following a public hearing where residents expressed concerns about the potential for traffic congestion, increased density and displaced wildlife.
    Earlier this month, members of the Stark County Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of the proposed change, citing concerns about traffic because the plans show only one driveway for the complex.
    After the zoning commission offers its recommendation, the township trustees hold a public hearing about the proposal and vote about whether to approve the zoning change.
    Reach Alison at 330-580-8312 or alison.matas@cantonrep.com.On Twitter: @amatasREP