Recently, Port Clinton City Council voted to amend the land use zoning of the Water Works property. Council approved the change from the Institutional, Governmental, and Open Space zoning district to the Central Business zoning district. The property was originally placed in the IGOS zoning district by City Council back in June 1990.
City Council has been looking at alternative development plans for the Water Works property for several years. Two proposals were studied in great detail. One involves an indoor waterpark, hotel, and conference center. The other involves a residential condominium development. Both proposals would include a marina and shops.
The zoning change approved by City Council is required for both of these proposals.
It is most important that the public understand this point. It is not a zoning change for one proposal instead of the other. Your preference of one project over another should not come into play.
"Citizens Organized for Responsible Development" have stated that they will be circulating petitions concerning the change of zoning.
They should not identify in any way during their presentation that the referendum is in opposition to the indoor water park development. It isn't.
The petition you will be asked to sign is to keep the Water Works property zoned IGOS and not allow any development to occur on the property.
Your must decide if the development on this property is right for the city of Port Clinton.
Walter C. Wehenkel
Director of Planning