City Council Monday continued its discussion on creating a new zoning designation for Fieldcrest Estate.

NORTH CANTON  City Council continues to discuss creating a new zoning designation for Fieldcrest Estate.

The 50-acre property on Easthill Street SE is currently zoned residential. Fieldcrest operates a lodge and inn, hosts events, has a shop and offers a weekly brunch, among other features. The city doesn't have a current zoning designation that fits the unique property, which used to belong to the Hoover family. 

The city's Planning Commission approved sending to council a proposed Fieldcrest District. The zoning designation was designed by a consultant hired by Fieldcrest and modified by the Planning Commission over several meetings. Council has been discussing the plan since last month, but hasn't held a vote to approve the designation.

According to a video recording of Monday's meeting:

Residents who live near the estate were invited to a meeting with Fieldcrest's owners earlier this month. Owner Sally Dale gave a tour and addressed concerns, said Councilwoman Stephanie Werren, Ward 3.

One concern is that if Fieldcrest adds a hotel or motel, a large lodging chain could buy the property in a few years.

Council could add a requirement that would limit the number of available rooms. Council also discussed how to maintain green space on the property while accommodating extra parking.

The city wants a plan that benefits the whole community, Werren said.

Council will hold a special committee meeting at Fieldcrest at 5 p.m. Oct. 30, ahead of a special budget meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

"It's a unique property. We're proud to have it here. We owe it to the landowners to work with them constructively," said Councilman Doug Foltz, Ward 1.

Other Business:


Moved forward with legislation that would allow the city to sell water and sanitary sewer services outside of city boundaries without requiring that property to be annexed. Council held the first reading the legislation last week.

It was moved back into discussion because a resident said he felt it hadn't been discussed, said Council President Jeff Peters.

It was discussed at-length two weeks ago, said Councilman Mark Cerreta, At-Large.

Council did not discuss the legislation any further at the meeting.


Moved forward with legislation to pay the city's share, about $116,072, of a sludge processing modifications project at the Canton Reclamation Facility. The city has an agreement with Canton for sludge processing. Under that agreement, North Canton pays 2.5 percent of the costs of the plant. This project, which will appear on the 2018 budget, is for a centrifuge device that will ready the sledge for landfill, said acting City Engineer Robert Graham.

Up Next: Meeting 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

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