Friday, April 16, 2004

Warren County delays vote on housing project

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - Needing more information about the subdivision's density and its impact on local traffic, Warren County commissioners held off Thursday night on voting on the proposed Shaker Run housing development.

Instead, they'll continue discussing the plans at their May 20 meeting.

Shaker Run Land Development LLC, part of Robert Rhein Interests, wants to build 975 single-family homes and more than 100 multifamily units on about 300 acres that surround the Shaker Run Golf Course in Turtlecreek Township. County commissioners are being asked to approve only the preliminary plans for the single-family homes part of the subdivision.

The zoning for the majority of the property, which is on the south side of Greentree Road between Ohio 741 and Union Road, has been in place since 1997.

That early approval, along with another rezoning later, allows up to 1,273 dwellings.

The county's Regional Planning Commission approved the preliminary plans in March with 31 conditions.

Several Turtlecreek Township residents were concerned about the local traffic. The proposed subdivision's two entrances are off Greentree Road, which residents and county officials say is prone to accidents.

"I can't hardly get out of my driveway the way it is," said Ben Jutte, who lives on Greentree Road.

The developer would pay for some road improvements. Commissioners are also seeking an opinion from the county engineer.

"I don't want to get in the situation, if this flies, that we've got down at Mason-Montgomery and Fields Ertel Road, and that's where we're headed folks," Commissioner Larry Crisenbery said. "It's going to be gridlock."

Township fire officials also have raised concerns about the limited access, especially in emergencies. There's talk about having some gated roadways that only emergency vehicles could use if needed.

If approved, the subdivision would take between 13 and 15 years to fully develop.


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