Batavia Township is preparing overlay district

November 7th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

With the financing in place for the Industrial Realty Group to begin renovation of the former Ford Transmission plant in Batavia, township trustees are concerned about the zoning regulations for the project.

An overlay district was discussed by trustees during the Batavia Township meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29.

According to zoning administrator Denise Kelley, the township has not had contact with anyone from IRG regarding the plans for the 1.8 million square foot facility.

“They would have to come to the board of zoning appeals for approval before they can begin any work,” said Kelley. “If the plant becomes an overlay district, IRG would have to come before the board of trustees with their plans.”

Kelley told the board that it will take three months to change the zoning of the plant from heavy manufacturing to an overlay district. She noted that before they could change to any other type of zoning they would have to go through the board of zoning appeals, allowing the board of trustees time to get the overlay district into place.

Clermont County commissioners approved a resolution in August to authorize financing for IRG. In October, the state controlling board approved a $6.135 million enterprise bond for IRG to purchase and renovate the plant. Industrial Realty Group has plans to convert the plant into a multi-use tenant facility. There are no definitive plans for the site in place yet.

In other business:

• A Christmas tree lighting will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Batavia Township Community Center. Children will be on hand to help with the decorations and local choirs are expected to sing. The light switch will be manned by Santa Claus. The regular trustee meeting will be held 7 p.m. following the tree lighting.

• The Veterans Memorial Plaza dedication is set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. Area veterans and the public are invited to attend this event.

• Township administrator Rex Parsons noted that Clermont County Jobs and Family Services have requested the use of the community center for their annual Foster Care Walk. The one day event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 1.

• The board approved payment of $36,829 to Schumacher Dugan for the 2009 road paving project. According to Parsons, this is the final draw for the project. Although approval has been made by the board, the payment will not be sent until the work is complete.

• The board is asking residents of Batavia Township to nominate community leaders for the Clermont 20/20 Salute to Leaders Award. The deadline for nominees is Dec. 16. Each township in the county will salute a leader during the award ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at Holiday Inn Eastgate. Nominations can be made online at www.clermont2020.org or dropped off at the township office. Include the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the nominee. A brief summary of the awardee's contributions is needed along with a name and contact information of the nominator.
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