Many residents in Vienna Park, an all brick and stone subdivision in Miami Twp., fear allowing lesser development standards for a proposed 82-home development next to their neighborhood would hurt property values. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO

Miami Twp. rejects change for 82-home plan to move ahead

Miami Township Trustees have denied changes that would have allowed a plan to build 82 homes near the Dayton Mall to move ahead.

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Miami Twp. Trustees made that decision Tuesday night after a public hearing at which neighbors of the 32 acres reiterated their objections, which include the materials from which the Ryan Homes would constructed.

Residents of the Vienna Park subdivision built by Rivendell site owner Zengel Constuction also fear the negative affects the development would have on traffic, worsening road conditions and drainage, among other issues.

Specifically, the trustees’ vote denies a major modification to a 2007 plan by Zengel that proposed building 88 homes made of all brick and stone on the land, township records show.

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Earlier this spring trustees and the zoning commission rejected a similar proposal, saying it did not meet township standards.

But last month a revised plan – which included a request for a lessening of building material guidelines to include 80 percent brick or stone — won the unanimous support of the zoning commission.


About 30 residents of the Vienna Park neighborhood showed up on the August night the township zoning board voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the change, records show..

If final plans had been approved, Ryan Homes representative Mark Locke said the project – in order to obtain the proper permits – would need to follow Environmental Protection Agency requirements for drainage.

He also said the roads would be part of a pre-construction assessment and “any damage would be taken care of,” records show.


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