Residents of Springboro and neighboring communities have complained that the new intersection at Ausitn Blvd. and Springboro Pike has created long delays during rush-hour. This photograph was taken at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Febrauary 22. The photographer’s observation revealed that most motorists waited no more than two light cycles to get through.—Staff Photo by Ty Greenlees

Change dramatic at Austin Boulevard since initial planning

That disparity is among the reasons for updating the master plan for the Miami Twp.-Dayton Joint Economic Development District.

“The plan basically hasn’t been updated in 13 years,” said Terry Slaybaugh, city of Dayton Aviation director and a JEDD board member. “So we just thought it needed to be refreshed.….it has a lot of information in that is dated.”

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The JEDD — adopted in 2006 – includes vehicle information from between 2001 and 2005, when the main east-west thoroughfare was “Austin Pike …..a two-lane roadway.”

That’s long before the Austin interchange at Interstate 75 attracted more than $200 million in development that has transformed growth and traffic patterns near the airport, the focal point of the district shared by Miami Twp. and Dayton.

“Obviously, that whole area has changed dramatically with Austin Landing and the interchange,” Slaybaugh said. “The airport has changed with the Connor Group development and we’re building some more there now.”

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The Connor Group’s headquarters and new hangar account for more than $20 million in development at the airport. The city, meanwhile, has added another $1 million hangar and the new Airport Layout Plan approved by the FAA last year calls for further development, including a 500-foot runway extension.

The JEDD plan is “a guiding document for the JEDD board to utilize when determining what the future priorities and benchmarks are for the district,” according to Kyle Hinkelman, deputy director of community development for the township.

The district’s board began revising the document last year and is now in the final stages. Forecasted growth in the new plan will go in a different direction than the current one, Hinkelman said in an email.

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“Originally it was anticipated that the Miami Township-Dayton JEDD could grow westward over Interstate 75 in the Austin Center area. This area is no longer considered within this master plan,” he added.

The JEDD levies a 1.75-percent income tax on all businesses in its boundaries with the funds evenly split between the township and the city. The district totals about 660 acres – more than 400 of them airport land in the township – and includes the Washington Church Road corridor north, according to the township.

About 300 jobs are produced by the 12 businesses in the district, records show.

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The new plan will include studies completed in recent years forecasting an industrial park and transportation upgrades on eastern airport land, records show. Traffic studies by the Ohio Department of Transportation, likewise, are expected to a part of the plan, records show.

Plans for Dayton Christian School, which has expanded in recent years in the JEDD’s northern area, and Austin Landing - both the existing north section and the proposed Springboro land south of it – are also expected to be mentioned in the document.

Hinkelman said work is being done to finalize the dates for an open house on the new plan.

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