Saturday, January 31, 2004

'Big box' zone change pushed back

The Cincinnati Enquirer

GREEN TWP. - The Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission has moved back the hearing dates until March for a controversial zoning change on Harrison Avenue in northwestern Green Township.

The regional planning commission now will review the proposed zoning change from residential to commercial for a 75,000-square-foot big-box retail building on March 4, said Todd Kinskey, a senior planner for the county. The rural zoning commission set its hearing date for March 18, after which Hamilton County commissioners will make a final decision.

Nearby residents in the Chateau Lakes neighborhoods have protested the zone change, saying a big-box retailer wouldn't be compatible to the area and would bring unwanted traffic, lights, noise and storm run-off to their woodsy development. Residents say that if commissioners approve the zone change, they would fight the big-box development by gaining enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot to block development.

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