A plan to build 82 homes near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. was rejected by trustees last year in a meeting that drew nearly 40 people. A new plan is up for a vote today, July 10, 2018. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Miami Twp. trustees reject changes to allow new homes near Dayton Mall

Miami Twp. trustees voted 2-1 Tuesday night to deny changes to move forward a plan for 81 homes near the Dayton Mall.

Largely citing traffic concerns, trustees Doug Barry and Donald Culp rejected a motion to approve a change that would have permitted the Rivendell project to go forward.

The vote — not supported by trustee board President John Morris — came after a two-hour public hearing on the proposal by Zengel Construction and Ryan Homes.

It was the trustees’ third rejection of the housing plan by Zengel and Ryan.

“I think nothing significantly has changed” from previous proposals in addressing traffic concerns, Barry said.

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Zengel was seeking a major modification to a preliminary plan adopted in 2007 to about 31 acres just east of Ohio 741 and north of the mall.


A revised plan to build more than 80 homes near the Dayton Mall will be considered by Miami Twp. trustees tonight.

A change that would allow the construction of about 80 homes on 31.7 acres north of mall and just east of Ohio 741 — a plan in May recommended for approval by the township zoning commission — has been requested by Zengel Construction.

Specifically, Zengel is seeking a major modification to the preliminary development plan approved in 2007 for the project, known as Rivendell.

Two previous proposals involving Ryan Homes as the developer have been rejected by Miami Twp. trustees.

The homes would average 1,600 square feet and the development would include more than 6 acres of open space, township records show.

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Prior efforts for similar applications were denied by the township in 2017 – one in the spring and another in the fall. The effort denied last September by township trustees had earlier won unanimous support of the zoning commission.

Trustees voted the plan down after residents of the Vienna Park subdivision built by Zengel said they feared the negative effects the development would have on traffic, worsening road conditions and drainage, among other issues.

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