Thursday, June 22, 2000

Lot size an issue in home plan

More, or less, per acre?

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A Cincinnati-based development firm asked the Hamilton Township trustees to table its controversial request for smaller lot sizes in a 12-acre residential plan.

        Brisben Companies, which is developing the 158-acre Village on the Green residential planned unit development, had asked that the 12-acre parcel be amended to allow minimum 50-foot lots instead of 80 feet.

        Homes geared toward empty-nesters would have been built there.At 50-foot minimum lots, the parcel would hold 49 homes, compared with 29 under the 80-foot restriction.

Lot size criticized
        Homeowners adjacent to the parcel had argued that the smaller lot sizes would be incompatible with current development and the homes would not be geared toward families.

        In asking the trustees to table the request, Brisben said it would try to find a qualified production builder to build on the 80-foot lots.

        But if that proves unsuccessful — because of qualified builders unwilling to take on the tighter restrictions — the company would likely ask that the amendment be reconsidered, said Carol Ann Cardella, a Brisben vice president.

Agreement reached
        The company also agreed that an advance notice of a public hearing be made if the previous proposal comes back before the trustees.

        “I think that's a very reasonable thing that they came back with,” said Dana Dunmyer, who has lived in Village on the Green for about a year. “I want to commend Brisben for pulling this together. I think it's a show of good faith.”

        Some residents also offered to work with Brisben to find a developer that would take on the 80-foot lots.


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