10 Nov 2011

Zoning Ordinance Approved by Council

Author: Kara Campbell-Curl | Filed under: Fall 2011, Student Contributor, Uncategorized

By: Kara Campbell-Curl

After its third reading and a 7-0 vote the city park zoning ordinance was adopted at the Bowling Green City Council meeting earlier this week on Monday November 7.

The ordinance is to create one consistent zone for all seven of Bowling Green’s parks which include Bellard Park, Carter Park, Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve, Simpson Garden Park, Raney Playground, City Park and Conneaut-Haskins Park.

According to Dr. Michelle Grigore the director of the Parks and Recreation Program, this was all in an effort to improve the parks for the people in the city of Bowling Green, Ohio. Reasons for the zoning ordinance include greater protection of the parks, as well as expectable uses for the land.

Far more was considered behind the reasoning to adopt the ordinance though. Other reasons included setting standards for development, and also more notification to the public when changes are made to any of the parks according to Dr. Grigore.

As far as the affect that it will have on any surrounding business or residents is very little. This was all explained by Dr. Grigore during the Public Hearing meeting prior to the City Council meeting.

In other news, the council motioned to move forward with the authorization of building a new aquatic facility in City Park for the city of Bowling Green, Ohio. This motion isn’t for approval to build but approval on whether or not to put the motion on the ballot for the public to vote on.

Jodi Anderson, a member of the Park and Recreation board added the community is really “Attached” to the idea of the community pool.

It will give a safe place for the children of bowling green to go during the summer time, Anderson said.

The City Council meeting also gave way to an interesting report from the Public Works Director, Brian Kraft.

Kraft spoke of the Electric Car Charging stations. The construction of these charging stations will begin within the upcoming year, and will cost the city 10,000 for instillation.

There will be six stations total with three downtown while the other three will be located around the Bowling Green State University campus according to Kraft.

The approximate location for where the stations will be has not yet provided. The meeting also gave way to the approving of other ordinances one included the site plan for extra parking places to be added to the Heritage Corner Healthcare Campus on Klotz Rd.

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