Council had its first discussion about establishing a new Historic Fieldcrest Estate Overlay District.

NORTH CANTON  City Council is moving forward with a new plan for zoning Fieldcrest Estate.

Council has had ongoing discussions on how to tackle zoning for the 50-acre property on Easthill Street SE. The property, which once belonged to the Hoover family, operates a restaurant and gift shop, holds events, and houses guests at its lodge and inn.  The city doesn't have a zoning designation to cover Fieldcrest's myriad uses.

Fieldcrest is currently zoned residential and is surrounded by homes.

In September, Council began talks on a proposed Fieldcrest Estate District. That plan, which was drafted by Fieldcrest, was OKed by the city's Planning Commission and sent to council for approval.

In November, Council hired consultant Calfee Zoning to review and analyze the plan. Calfee recommended against the original plan and proposed an alternative.

Monday, Council had its first discussion about that new plan: the Historic Fieldcrest Estate Overlay District.

The overlay district is the "most effective way to address the balance we're trying to achieve here between the uses taking place on the property and surrounding land uses ... and how we accommodate changes in those uses over time in a way that protects the public's health, safety and welfare," said Sean Suder of Calfee.

With an overlay district, Fieldcrest would keep its current R-70 (residential) zoning designation. It's principal use would be as a "Historic Estate Cultural and Event Center."

Current uses, and possible future uses that fit with Fieldcrest's current activities, would be permitted accessory uses. Those include boutique lodging (no more than 30 guest rooms or suites), restaurant, gift shop and event hosting. Other uses — including a place of worship, an adult or child day care facility and indoor recreation — are considered conditional uses.

The zoning district would place restrictions on events, such as requiring outdoor music to start after 9 a.m. and end by 10 p.m. and limiting where food trucks and portable restrooms can be placed.

It also would establish a 200-foot buffer area along the perimeter of the property. No buildings could be built inside the buffer zone, but Fieldcrest could use the area for low-impact activities such as walking and equestrian trails, agriculture, and temporary event parking.

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Council will have its first of three votes on the plan Monday. If it's approved by council, it will go to the city's Planning Commission for its approval. It would then return to Council for a final series of votes. Both boards also will have to hold a public hearing.

Other business

Tabled talks on legislation that would re-establish a Community Reinvestment Area program in the city. Council plans to discuss the legislation at its May 21 committee meeting.
Moved forward with legislation to advertise and accept bids of up to $760,000 for the South Main Street resurfacing project. The project would resurface South Main between Knoll Street and Rose Lane. The city has recieved grant funding for the project.
Moved forward with legislation allowing the city to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation's rock salt purchasing program

Up next: Meeting 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

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