Jackson trustees take the next step in having a rezoning of Tam O'Shanter property decided by voters.

JACKSON TWP.  Township trustees officially sent to the Stark County Board of Elections petitions challenging their vote to change the zoning for part of Tam O'Shanter golf course.

The action came during a special meeting Tuesday morning. During the same meeting, which lasted less that five minutes, trustees paid bills totaling more that $1.33 million and agreed to take no action on a liquor license for CEC Entertainment, which operates the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at 6370 Strip Ave. NW.

Residents submitted referendum petitions on Monday in a bid to block the board-approved zoning change at Tam O'Shanter. The zoning change was supposed to take effect on Thursday but will be delayed because of the referendum. 

The next step will see county elections officials review the petitions to determine how many of the more than 1,500 signatures came from registered voters who live in Jackson Township. The petitions must have 1,099 valid signatures to place the issue on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Trustees approved a request to rezone 62 acres of the golf course's north side. The change would allow for retail business development at the intersection of Everhard Road and Fulton Drive NW.

The club owners said the rezone allows them to sell 205 acres of the golf course to Stark Parks for a new park and give 20 acres to the township for athletic fields.

But concerned residents 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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