Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Zoning board delays vote on requiring larger lots

The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - The Warren County Rural Zoning Commission late Tuesday delayed a vote until March 4 on a controversial proposal to increase lot sizes and green space for new homes.

About 60 residents, Realtors, homebuilders, developers and farmers addressed the board.

If approved by the zoning commission, the plan would go to Warren County commissioners for public hearings and a final decision.

It would take a unanimous vote from the commission to overturn the planning board's decision.

Commissioners want to slow residential development in fast-growing Warren County.

Among the proposed new requirements, developers would be required to set aside 25 percent of planned developments for open space. Also, minimum lot sizes in R-1 residential zones - the most common zone - would grow from 14,000 square feet to a half-acre (21,780 square feet) for areas with sewer access.

Areas without sewer access would require 2-acre lots, up from three-fourths of an acre.

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