Jeffrey Busam’s conditional use permit was approved by the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Busam requested the CUP in February to use his family farm, located at 284 Strothman Hills Lane just south of Highway N in the Calvey Township, as a place to host corporate events, weddings and similar uses.
The commission unanimously agreed to approve the permit at the March 18 meeting.
Busam’s request nearly hit a snag at the February meeting. Because of a last-minute issue, his representative at the meeting, Cameron Lueken with Wunderlich Surveying and Engineering, said Busam couldn’t attend the meeting.
In Busam’s absence, the commission asked Lueken about a structure on the premises that would host the events. The CUP required all events to take place inside and Busam’s request made no mention of building a new facility.
Busam’s neighbors said a building was on the property, but it would likely be too small to host big events.
With Busam unable to answer questions, Franklin County Counselor Mark Vincent said it might be in his best interests to withdraw his application and re-apply.
Vincent said the CUP could be rejected over concerns about just where the special events would take place.
That, however, wasn’t an issue. The review committee recommended two conditions that would require all events be held inside.
The first condition is that all buildings used or built in conjunction with the CUP must be approved by the Franklin County Building Department for a commercial building.
The second condition requires all events to take place inside a building.
With the conditions in place, the review committee voted 3-0 to approve the permit.
The full commission did make one small change to the proposed conditions. In the original wording, it required all events to take place inside a structure.
According to the county’s definitions, a structure is anything constructed or erected. Worried that could be considered something like a porch or a deck, the commission agreed to change the wording to building — a place designed for occupancy.