Sugarcreek Twp. trustees unanimously reject Oberer development proposal

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UPDATE @ 9:11 p.m. (March 18): Trustees voted 3-0 tonight to reject the proposed Oberer development on Wilmington-Dayton and Conference roads, Township Administrator Barry Tiffany said.

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A public hearing and vote is scheduled tonight regarding a proposal of nearly 100 new homes near the intersection of Wilmington-Dayton and Conference roads in Sugarcreek Twp.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the township administration building, 2090 Ferry Road.

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The zoning commission previously recommended the trustees deny the proposal, which would result in 98 patio-style homes on roughly 42 acres in the township.

The plans call for a conservation easement to establish a permanent open space on the rest of the site.

“There’s a need in the community for new housing. What we’re trying to provide is niche-type housing … It provides for an empty-nester targeted community,” Developer George Oberer Jr. said previously.

“This kind of development produces little or no burden to the school system. It produces very little additional burden to the traffic system. It takes advantage of the terrific utilities that are already present on site.”

The development, if approved, also would call for the reconfiguration of Wilmington-Dayton Road to remove the 90-degree turns that currently exist on the road.

Oberer said the new design “will improve traffic flow” through both turns.

“The traffic is already a problem here,” he said. “We’ve already been working with Greene County regional planning and the county engineer to understand their thoroughfare plan needs for the future … We want to be a part of the overall solution to the issues and not the problem. We’re here as a good neighbor.”

The lot sizes are a concern for resident Robert Dean.

“I like more open space,” Dean said. “You can have your kids play outside, and you don’t have to worry about cars hitting them or anything. It’s a lot nicer to have houses with lots of space. It’s just not as crowded.”

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