Zoning Hearing on Proposed Hyner Sawmill Postponed

Hillyer site2CHAPMAN TOWNSHIP – The second part of a meeting planned for tonight, Thursday, Dec. 15, to determine if a local business can receive special exceptions to operate a sawmill in Hyner has been postponed.

The hearing was rescheduled because the board solicitor, Robert O’Connor, was unable to attend the meeting, explained Eric Ditty, a member of the three-person Chapman Township Zoning Hearing Board.

The board will reconvene next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to determine if Bob Hillyer, owner of Hillyer Lumber and Firewood LLC, can operate his firewood sale and sawmill business in a Forest and Agriculture zoning district.

The property, located at the intersection of Route 120 and Hyner Run Road in Chapman Township, is adjacent to properties zoned Residential. Hillyer needs a special exception for the business, explained Ditty.

An initial hearing held Dec. 6 was postponed because Hillyer and zoning officials were unsure if the sawmill machinery would be at least 200 feet from residential property lines, Ditty said. A zoning officer was tasked with measuring the property before the hearing reconvenes.

On the board are Greg Lucas and Charles Rossell, a former township supervisor who served as an alternate for Dennis Trout, chairman of the board. Trout was out of town during the first hearing.

The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 in the Chapman Township Municipal Building at 196 Main St., North Bend.  The public is welcome to attend and there will be opportunities to address the board during a public comment period.