Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Growth limits considered

Warren Co. may use sewer hookups
to guide Hamilton Twp. growth

By Erica Solvig
Enquirer staff writer

LEBANON - Warren County commissioners are again looking at sewer access as a way to restrict growth here - and this time they're targeting the county's fastest-growing township.

County commissioners on Tuesday discussed a proposal that would restrict where the sewer system can extend, leaving some undeveloped properties in Hamilton Township without access.

But that action goes against what township trustees want, which is making sure those properties get sewer access as an incentive to keep the land from being annexed into Loveland.

The legal issues surrounding the idea were debated Tuesday afternoon before a crowd of township residents and area developers. Commissioners will discuss them again Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the county administration building, 406 Justice Drive

"I don't want to kill my school system, guys, and I don't want to kill Hamilton Township," Commissioner Mike Kilburn said of the crowded Little Miami School District, which serves Hamilton Township and the surrounding area. "We won't like what we see 10 years from now if we don't take action."

Zoning rules say subdivisions that have sewer access have smaller lot-size requirements than subdivisions with septic systems, so subdivisions with sewer access can have more houses on the same amount of land.

If commissioners go ahead with their idea, it would bar sewer access to several hundred acres in Hamilton Township that are being eyed for development. That includes the Stotler properties, where developers wanted to build 570 homes but were denied earlier this year by the county's Regional Planning Commission. The ruling is being challenged in court.


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