A petition in Miamisburg is asking residents to place the rezoning of 86.6 acres off Benner Road on the ballot. TY GREENLEES/STAFF

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The preliminary development plan for the Deer Valley subdivision – whose rezoning was a point of contention with nearby residents — expires this month and no final plan has been submitted, city records show.

If Miamisburg City Council tonight approves more time for the subdivision off Benner Road near the Mound Business Park, it would not be the first extension of such a plan for Deer Valley, Miamisburg Planner Ryan Homsi said.

The project was granted additional months for that same preliminary document after the subdivision was proposed in 2007. But new housing was never built because of the economic recession that followed, officials have said.

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When a final development plan will be submitted for the Oberer Development and Ryan Homes project is not yet known, Homsi said.

“I know they’re working on some things,” he said. “But they haven’t given me a hard date.”

Attempts to reach developers on Monday about the final development plan were unsuccessful.

The Deer Valley proposal is one of two in Miamisburg that, if approved, could bring more than 300 new homes to the city. The other — Courseview @ Pipestone — calls for 127 homes off Miamisburg Springboro Road near Pipestone Golf Club and the Austin Boulevard interchange to Interstate 75.

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The Deer Valley “applicant has been meeting with our public works and engineering departments to discuss the utility plan for the site,” a memo from Homsi to Miamisburg City Manager Keith Johnson says.

Given the applicant’s work with the city, which includes fine-tuning details on access points, “staff feels that these efforts warrant an extension on the approval time up to July 30, 2020,” the memo states.

City council must approve a final development plan before the project can start. City council unanimously voted in June to adopt the planning commission’s recommendation to change the zoning on the Benner land from agricultural to planned residential.

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The acreage is in a rural area south of the Mound Business Park and west of Pipestone Golf Club near a border with Miami Twp.

The zoning change vote was questioned by residents who had concerns about traffic, safety, noise and the environment, among other issues. But an attempt to get the rezoning decided by voters as a ballot issue failed.

The Deer Valley preliminary plan presented earlier this year involves homes that would start in size at about 1,200 square feet, excluding garages and basements, according to the city.

The development would have two access ways off of Benner and about 21 acres would remain undeveloped, city records show.

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