Milestone annexation deal paves way for new homes near Austin

Miamisburg’s plan to take over about 41 acres of Miami Twp. land targeted as a site for more than 100 new homes near the Austin Center area is the result – one official said - of a new level of cooperation between jurisdictions that have a history of bitter land disputes.

Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church Jr. said he expects city council tonight to approve the annexation package, which would give the township 50 percent of the property taxes from four parcels for 15 years, records show.

“The township will be getting some tax money out of it, so it’s a good deal for them,” Church said.

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The agreement between the two jurisdictions – which have partnered in a number of areas in recent years – breaks ground, Miamisburg City Manager Keith Johnson has said.

“To my knowledge, that is the first annexation agreement we’ve reached with Miami Twp.,” said Johnson, who has held that job since 2009, when he was promoted from development director. “And the first annexation we’ve filed in over 10 years.”

The deal was reached last June after city officials said Inverness Homes expressed interest in building more than 100 homes on land northeast of the Medlar/Miamisburg Springboro roads intersection provided it was annexed by Miamisburg.

The land abuts Pipestone Golf Course and is northwest of the Interstate 75/Austin Boulevard interchange, near thousands of jobs and Austin Landing.

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Miamisburg and Miami Twp. have a history of contentious annexation issues, officials from both jurisdictions have said. If fact, some of Montgomery County’s annexation procedures, according to Johnson, are a result of battles between the city and the township.

In more recent years, Miamisburg and Miami Twp. have worked out agreements to partner on a variety of issues, fire services and Joint Economic Development Districts chief among them.

The annexation deal, Church and Johnson said, is another example of that improved relationship.

“It’s something both of us are going to benefit from and the developer will have a great location for a housing project,” Johnson has said.

The collection of the township’s share of the taxes would start “upon completion of more than 50 percent of the planned development,” according to township records.

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That could take several months or longer, Miamisburg Development Director Chris Fine has said.

The county approved the plan in December after the three landowners filed a petition to have their property annexed by the city.

After county approval, the law required the city wait 60 days before addressing the issue, Fine said.

Should council approve the annexation package, its legislation would take effect immediately. However, the city would then file documents with the county auditor, the board of elections and the secretary of state’s office, according to the county.

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That process should take about 30 days, Fine said.

Once the annexation is final, the rezoning process – which could take several months – would begin, according to Fine.

The land is designated agricultural and a rezoning would likely change it to some form of planned residential development.

Inverness Homes operates in Dayton, Cincinnati and Louisville markets, according to its website. It has built a number of local housing developments, including ones in Huber Heights, Fairborn, Kettering and Centerville.

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