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Planning Commission: Notice of Public Hearing

The City of Franklin Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. on the following cases:

1. FURTHER DELIBERATIONS IN PC 23-13 – Conditional Use Application – Planning Commission originally heard PC 23-13 on May 18, 2023 during an open, public hearing. The applicant, Lou James Afana, sought conditional use approval to open a consumer retail (smoke shop) establishment in an existing commercial building located 1012 E. 2nd Street. The application was denied by Planning Commission, in part due to Planning Commission’s finding that the proposed smoke shop is inconsistent with the City’s comprehensive land use regulations/plans. The applicant appealed Planning Commission’s decision to the Warren County Common Pleas Court (Case No. 23CV096489 – Lou Afana v. City of Franklin, Ohio Planning Commission). On January 31, 2024, the Court issued an order remanding PC 23-13 back to Planning Commission for the issuance of further findings of fact as to the general or specific objectives of the City’s comprehensive land use regulations/plans with which Planning Commission originally concluded the proposed smoke shop does not comport.

2. PC 24-03 Amendment to Municipal Code - The City of Franklin is proposing a text amendment that would allow for the use “Essential Services and Utilities, City Owned” to be permitted in each zoning district and exempt such essential services and utilities from the application of the UDO.

Any and all interested persons are invited to attend and speak on these cases at the public hearing. The meeting shall be held at the Franklin Municipal Building, 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin, Ohio 45005.

David Hopper
Planning Commission Chair