Gateway West Plan approved

After two years of deliberations, a plan for development of 26 square miles, including some of the last undeveloped land between Dayton and Cincinnati, was approved in Warren County.

The Warren County Board of Commissioners approved the Gateway West Plan after a public hearing Tuesday.

The public hearing was continued a week ago due Commissioner Dave Young’s illness and concerns raised by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati.

The home builders said the plan lacked areas set aside for middle-class housing, while staff said the plan offered sufficient areas for this type of subdivision.

The plan, previously known as the I-75 Area Plan, sets the long-term vision for the land, mostly in Turtlecreek Twp. and east of Interstate 75.

Commissioner Tom Grossmann asked the home builders group to offer an alternative to plans for residential development including more room for less expensive housing. The association did not attend Tuesday’s meeting, but the board called for revision of the plan to leave room for developments with cul-de-sacs previously discouraged in future subdivisions.

The plan is a revised version of the I-75 Area Plan, which was set aside after objections by government officials from Springboro and Franklin. Land in Franklin Twp., in the I-75 Area Plan, was removed.

The plan still calls for a new I-75 interchange at Greentree Road, a five-lane commercial corridor along Union Road, just east of I-75 and four special taxing districts to help offset the costs of economic development.

It includes the 1,400-acre Union Village new urbanist community to be developed off Ohio 741, land around the Miami Valley Gaming racino and a farm to be developed as a cheetah recovery center and wetlands by the Cincinnati Zoo. For more information, call 513-695-1250. LAWRENCE BUDD


Farm market today

The Lebanon Farmers Market is open today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Main and Sycamore streets in downtown Lebanon. There is no admission charge. Vendors sell meats, cheeses, bakery items and more.

For more information, call 513-933-7200. STAFF REPORT


Special school board meeting scheduled

The Wayne Local Board of Education is holding a special board meeting on Tuesday, April 21, in the Waynesville High School Spartan Room, 735 Dayton Road, at 4 p.m.The board is scheduled to adjourn to executive session to prepare for negotiations with employees concerning compensation and other terms and conditions of employment.

For more information, call 513-897-2776. STAFF REPORT

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