Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said council will discuss the Easton Farm issue on Oct. 7. Council will have the option of approving the rezoning and plan, approving with modifications or rejecting the proposal. City code requires council to vote on the Planning Commission recommendation within 120 days of the first public hearing.
Dillin said the Easton Farm Master Plan was created “with a careful balance of the city’s guidance, direct input from planning commission and city council, and careful analysis of market studies, traffic studies and financial analysis. The sketch recently presented (by Beckman) does not consider any of that critically important information. We can not risk undermining the character and quality of this special neighborhood to an arbitrary sketch.”
Dillin said. “We believe the city should evaluate the merits of the plan we submitted and that was recommended by city staff and approved unanimously by planning commission. They carefully studied our plan against the land use plan and approved it 7-0. We stand by our effort and believe it will be a landmark development for the city.”
When asked for comment on the meeting cancellation, Beckman said, “It is unfortunate the developer has declined to attend the committee meeting as we were looking forward to finding a real compromise that could unite the community. However, it appears the seller/developer are not willing to discuss a compromise. The city indicated the developer intends to proceed with the latest plan which residents will continue to oppose.
“We are not against development and have shown city council that there are better ways to approach this development that maintains the welfare of existing residents and the character of the city and existing zoning,” Beckman said.