The Brookfield Township Zoning Commission and township trustees approved a zoning resolution this week and the Trumbull County Planning Commission informed trustees it does not have to act on the document, setting the stage for the first of two public hearings.
The actions are part of the process of asking voters to approve zoning in the November election.
The commission approved the resolution – the same one that was voted down last November – on Tuesday, May 8, and the trustees acted Friday, May 11.
Trustee Ron Haun said the planning commission reported that it did not have to act, because the resolution is unchanged from the last election.
The commission now is charged with setting up a public hearing, and the trustees will have to follow suit with one of their own.
The commission already has moved to the fundraising and marketing phase of its job, announcing that it had created a political action committee under election rules.
“We can take money,” commission Chairman Todd Fencyk said.
The commission can accept cash contributions up to $100 and checks up to $12,000, and can hold fundraisers that charge no more than $25 a person, officials said. There is no limit to in-kind contributions, such as materials for the promotional effort.
The marketing campaign will start with a Facebook page called “Brookfield Zoning Committee 2018,” said commission member Shannon Hanley. It is not up, yet.
“It’s free,” she explained of why they will start with social media.
The goal is to get out the facts about zoning and break the 55-page resolution and its accompanying map into digestible chunks.
“The zoning resolution is daunting,” she said. “We’re going to simplify things.”
The resolution will be available on the township web site soon, and Trustee Dan Suttles said he will deliver hard copies to anyone who asks. Contact him at email@example.com or 330-770-7785.
The next committee meeting is set for 7 p.m. June 12 in the township building.
For those who want to donate to the commission’s marketing campaign, checks can be made out to Brookfield Zoning Committee 2018, and sent to commission Treasurer Chuck Fizet at 675 Grover St., Masury OH 44438. Contributors must include their name, address and occupation.