Saturday, May 24, 2003

Classicway project gets approval

Trustees OK zoning change for 216-acre development

By Jeremy W. Steele
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON TWP. - Developers of a 216-acre parcel on U.S. 22/Ohio 3 seem to have quelled debate holding up the project.

Rezoning for the Villages of Classicway, a housing, retail and commercial development near Morrow-Cozaddale Road, had been delayed for two weeks by the Hamilton Township Board of Trustees, which instructed the developers, Boulder Development Co., to go back to the bargaining table with upset neighbors.

The trustees approved the zoning change Wednesday night.

"We tried to listen to the concerns of the neighbors and the township and come up with a plan that's a win-win for all parties involved," Boulder representative Rakesh Ram said.

Concerns included storm-water runoff, school crowding and the size of landscaping buffers with neighboring properties.

Plans for the project call for 648 houses and condominiums, as well as 20 acres of commercial and retail development.

The developer agreed to include cautions about noise, dust, odors and chemical use in the deeds of lots bordering the neighboring Valley Vineyard Winery.

The development will be separated from the vineyard by 2,750 feet of fencing and trees.

Other concessions include a $250 per unit impact fee to support costs for an increase in students because of Classicway, earthen mounds and landscaping as a buffer with some neighbors, and a 75-feet setback from neighboring properties for a walking trail.

The developer also reached a tentative agreement concerning five lots that had been a part of a neighboring subdivision, said Rob Kaufman, an attorney representing residents there.

Original plans for the development had called for three houses per acre, more than allowed under the rules of the subdivision.


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