Sunbury introduces new planner


SUNBURY — The second half of 2023 was busy for the City of Sunbury Zoning Commission. Here are the highlights.

• On July 24, new City Planner Alyssa Graziano was introduced. The commission approved two lot splits — one with the Big Walnut Local School District and the other with the Ravines at Meadow Ridge subdivision. Two visitors “addressed the Commission about their concerns about the increased construction traffic within Sunbury Meadows,” minutes said. “They expressed their concerns for the safety of the children during the times where they are loading and unloading off of their buses and this construction traffic is coming through the neighborhood.” City staff will address this with the developers.

• Alisa Duffey Rogers, of CT Consultants, gave a presentation about the proposed Limited Industrial District and amendments to the zoning code on Aug. 28. A public hearing was scheduled for the Limited Industrial District.

• The hearing was held on Sept. 28, where the commission approved the Limited Industrial District. Also at that meeting, applicant Pulte Homes gave an informational presentation on a southern extension of the Eagle Creek subdivision.

• Another informal presentation was given at the Oct. 23 meeting, this one on Carters Corners, 408 apartments by Metro Development. There were concerns expressed by commission members over density and open spaces, and it was noted that the city did not go the developer for annexation. It was also said that Sunbury is “the fastest-growing city in the state.”

• A public hearing was held for a rezoning of the Eagle Creek Highlands subdivision, which was approved by a 4-1 vote. The zoning report included going over “who is responsible for maintenance and landscaping in specific areas” of the Kroger Plaza. The Zoning Department was asked to put together a report “that goes over the number of houses versus apartments, and condos” in the city.

• The final meeting of 2023 took place on Dec. 18. Two rezonings, for properties on South Miller Drive and West Cherry Street, were approved by the commission. During the Zoning Report, Zoning Officer Alex Nelisse-Blankenship touched on “Magnolia Park and their first request for a zoning certificate.”

The commission members are Mayor Joe St. John, Cindi Cooper, Joe Gochenour, John Lieurance (whose final meeting was the Dec. 18 meeting), Debra Miller and Rick Ryba. Also present are Graziano, Solicitor Vic Whitney, City Engineer Dan Whited and Nelisse-Blankenship.

Assistant Editor Gary Budzak photographs and reports on stories in eastern Delaware County and surrounding areas.

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