Planned Clinton County barn location near Cowan Lake State Park

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WILMINGTON — A special occasion barn venue is planned for Sprague Road between State Route 730 and Cowan Lake State Park.

Clinton County Commissioners have approved a rezoning application from landlord Myron Hale on a 45.4-acre parcel, following recommendations for approval from the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission and the County Rural Zoning Commission of Clinton.

When Hale met with county commissioners, he said he thought the project would be a great addition to the county. It would bring out-of-town guests to Clinton County, he added, also noting the proximity to Cowan Lake State Park.

Hale anticipates that weddings will be the most frequent type of event held at the barn-themed venue.

The timing of construction will depend on whether the price of materials drops, said Hale, who will keep an eye on fluctuating costs that are “out of sight right now.”

Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) Executive Director Susan Valentine-Scott said there are currently no barn sites in the county and she welcomes the project.

“That would be great,” Valentine-Scott said, commenting “that type of event venue would be a plus.”

In addition, the CCCVB’s general manager said the project in Vernon Township is part of the county’s rich agri-tourism sector, an area highlighted in the CCCVB’s strategic plan.

“It could also be used for events like ‘Dinner in the Fields’,” she remarked.

According to Vogue magazine, the popularity of barn weddings skyrocketed between 2008 and 2013.

The approved zoning change is from Rural-Residential District (RR) to Transitional Agricultural-Residential District (A-3).

At the county commissioners‘ public hearing, Clinton County Deputy Director of Building and Zoning Joshua Harmon said the two county councils that reviewed the project and recommended that the commissioners pass the requested rezoning, had determined that the zoning change made a more restrictive use of the property. .

“So if the parcel were to be subdivided in the future, that would enlarge the lots, make them more spacious based on the area around it,” Harmon said, noting that the owner would need to obtain a conditional use permit. . for that.

” So that [the zone change] does not change the authorized permitted uses, but increases the number of conditional use possibilities that exist. And those will have to go through the Board of Zoning Appeals before any construction or use,” Harmon said.

After the commissioners voted in favor of the rezoning, Clinton County Commissioners Chairwoman Brenda Woods congratulated Hale.

Contact Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

Homeowner Myron Hale is awaiting a public hearing at the commissioner’s office regarding his rezoning application.

In the composite map: at the top is a large Google Maps view of the area; and below, in an image from the Clinton County Auditor’s Office, the specific property is the largest parcel located in the center of the image, bordering Cowan Lake State Park.

45 acres of Sprague Road near Lake Cowan

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