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Centerville Council Meeting Discusses Housing Development Proposal

CENTERVILLE -- "Not in my backyard!"  That's the message coming from hundreds of Centerville residents.  The planning commission approved Tuesday night a new residential development proposal in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood, which sits between Far Hills Avenue and Clyo Road.  However, they are going to recommend City Council require a few changes to the original proposal.

The commission is recommending the developer build two cul-de-sacs on either side of where Pleasant Hill dead ends, to limit through traffic.  The commission also wants the new homes to be required to have brick wrap on the first level.  The final recommendation is to install a walkway connecting the two neighborhoods.

The commission listened to public comment for almost four hours before voting on the proposal.  The commission's recommendations will now go to City Council for a vote.



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CENTERVILLE -- "Not in my backyard!"  That's the message coming from hundreds of Centerville residents.  The planning commission considered a new residential development proposal in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood Tuesday night, which sits between Far Hills and Clyo Rd.

As of 10:30 pm, the commission had been listening to public comment from concerned residents for three hours.  They plan to vote on the preliminary development proposal after the public comment is over.

Residents say they don't have a problem with building a new plat near their neighborhood, they just don't want a street connecting the two neighborhoods and they're worried the quality of the homes will be sub-par.

It was a packed house at Centerville City Hall as residents of the Pleasant Hill neighborhood waited to hear if a major residential plat would be moving in to their backyards

"I just want fair and comparable houses behind me.  I want my streets safe for my family.  There should be no cut throughs," said resident, Jennifer Sargent.

Ryan Homes wants to build 85 new houses in what's now just a wooded area off Zengel Drive in Centerville.  The development would mean the dead end road would be extended to Clyo.  And residents are worried that would bring a whole lot more traffic to their quite neighborhood and be dangerous for all the kids who walk to the playground and pool.

"This could be a shortcut between here and Clyo, 48 and Clyo.  It might become a super-highway who knows," agreed resident, Frank Black.

The city manager says the area has been zoned for residential development since the 80's.  However families who already live here are concerned the new construction won't match their current neighborhood look, and could lower property values.

"We don't want Moraine City homes," said Attorney John Koverman.

"I as a resident am concerned about the quality about what gets put into this development," said resident Jim Gallagher.

If the Planning Commission approves of the preliminary proposal, it then moves on to the Centerville City Council.  If Council approves of the preliminary stages, the developer will then come up with a final development proposal which would also have to be approved by the Planning Commission and Council before construction could begin.

 
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