Batavia Township board hears zoning requests

September 11th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

The Batavia Township Board of Trustees heard three requests for zoning updates during a public hearing at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1.

An 18-month extension was requested by Nick Grammas for Bayberry Crossing, a planned development located on Laub Road. The property is located at the intersection of Laub Road and state Route 125, just east of Bach-Buxton Road. The board had approved the preliminary project in December 2007 which called for an additional 56 condominium style units to be constructed on the site. Final development plans were approved in August 2008 by the board. The site currently known as Bayberry Apartment Complex has 14 buildings with a total of 168 multi-family apartment units.

“As our zoning resolution requires that construction begin within one year of the approval of the final development plan, Mr. Grammas has filed this application with the hope that an 18-month extension will be granted in order to keep this plan viable until economic conditions improve,” said Denise Kelly, zoning administrator.

The board approved the request, granting Grammas until February 2011 to begin construction on the project.

The board also approved an 18-month extension on the planned development located at the intersection of Elmwood Road and Hartman Lane.

According to Kelly, the site was originally planned for 12 two-family units but due to a space issue, the final development plans call for 11 two-family units. Developer Brock Warren cited current economic conditions as a factor in the development of the project. He said he has plans to begin preparing the site in 2010. The extension gives him until January 2011 to begin construction on the project.

Kelly presented the board a request from Glen Wiedenbein to change the zoning on his property located at 4435 state Route 222 from an agricultural district to an industrial district. The 45-acre site is currently used for truck farming, a farmers market and nursery. Top soil is also being sold from the site.

Wiedenbein has plans to expand the nursery component of the operation by including a landscape supply business which will include an area set aside as a drop off for yard waste.

"Future plans for the site include the construction of an industrial rental building and a four unit professional building to support the growth of small business in the county," said Kelly.

"The main goal of the property is to be able to take care of yard waste," said Wiedenbein. "As far as the landscape supply business, it will probably be years before I can get it started."

After hearing input from a concerned property owner with adjacent property and addressing her concerns, the board approved the zoning change.

"The board would like to see the property maintained and kept clean," said trustee Jim Sauls. "We just ask you to keep the property as orderly as possible."

In other business:

• The board set the date for beggars night in the township 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.

• The board approved partial payment of $31,085.54 to Schumacher Dugan for the 2009 road paving project for Apple Road and the basketball court at the community center.

• The board approved payment to the Clermont County Engineer's office of $9,787 for right of way acquisition and $24,427.57 for construction and paving materials for the Apple Road widening project.

• Administrator Rex Parsons announced that Fall Clean Up Days will be held 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. A flier is available at the township office showing what items will not be accepted.

"Dumpsters will be available at the Batavia Service Department on 2401 Old State Route 32 and the Batavia Township Community Center at 1535 Clough Pike," said Parsons. "Proof of township residency will be required when dropping off items."

• The board approved a transfer of a liquor license from Uncle Sams Tavern on State Route 276 and Suburban Bowl located on James Sauls Drive.

• At the recommendation of Parsons, the board approved hiring Kneisel Corporation to paint center and edge lines on township roads.
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