The Streetsboro, Ohio Planning & Zoning Commission recently denied an application to operate a sand and gravel mine on the Sahbra Farms’ property. A mining company had sought a conditional use permit to convert a long standing pastoral horse farm into a 153 acre sand and gravel mine situated less than 300 feet from neighboring properties. Appearing on behalf of neighboring property owners at three public hearings, Sutter O’Connell attorney Rob Cahill successfully presented evidence, arguing that the creation and operation of a gravel pit would not be harmonious with the character of the community and that it would negatively impact property values. The Commission agreed.
This decision followed the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation to eliminate surface mining as a conditional use in the Streetsboro zoning code earlier this year. Streetsboro’s City Council adopted this recommendation and revised the zoning code. Cahill drafted the amended zoning ordinance that was enacted by the City and appeared before the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council several times to advocate the revised zoning ordinance’s adoption. Again, City Council agreed and the zoning law was revised