These steps could set up almost 2,000 Warren County acres for development

Warren County is moving ahead with a process expected to set the stage for development of residential subdivisions on about 1,800 acres on both sides of Caesar Creek Lake.

County commissioners voted on Tuesday to set a public hearing, probably on Aug. 14, mapping the Waynesville Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Service Area.

The map of sewer service boundaries has yet to be determined, but the version approved on Tuesday by county commissioners includes hundreds of acres in and around Waynesville, Harveysburg and Corwin.

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“It’s just a starting point for discussion,” County Sanitary Engineer Chris Brausch said during the presentation to the commissioners.

The area also would include unincorporated land in Wayne Twp., including about 43 acres just outside the Waynesville limits for which developer John Federle has proposed a subdivision.

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Last week, the Wayne Twp. Zoning Commission recommended that trustees rezone half of Federle’s land to permit two homes per acre on half the land and one home per acre on the other half. That was less than Federle’s request for two homes per acre on 69 percent of the land but more than residents opposing to the change want to see.

The township trustees are set to hold a public hearing and could approve Federle's rezoning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the township administration building, 6050 N. Clarksville Road.

It would be the village’s first development under new zoning designating an urban sewer service boundary recently adopted in the traditionally rural community, where homes are often built on at least two acres.

Brausch and the county auditor’s office estimated the overall land mass in the area being mapped for sewer service at about 3,800 acres. Sewers have already been extended to some of the land, and about 1,800 acres are undeveloped.

“This does not encompass all of our urban service boundary area,” Wayne Twp. Administrator Gus Edwards said after viewing the maps.

Edwards said the township would likely change the boundary to match the sewer map boundaries adopted after the county commissioners’ public hearing.

The map would formalize responsibility for service within the area recently taken over from Waynesville by the county.

Commissioner Shannon Jones said it was “incumbent on others” to attend the August public hearing if they wanted their land in or out of the proposed sewer district.

Commissioner Tom Grossmann noted the map had “an interesting gerrymander,” rather than a regular shape.

Brausch said the final boundaries could be altered, but the proposed map generally showed areas that could be sewered without installation of expensive pump stations.

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