A plan to build 88 homes on nearly 32 acres near the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. is drawing opposition from neighboring residents. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Residents: Multi-million dollar plan would impact land values

The proposal – Rivendell - calls for $300,000 to $400,000 houses by Ryan Homes north of the Dayton Mall and east of Ohio 741 to be built near the Vienna Park subdivision, officials said.

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Ryan Homes is seeking to build “cottage – or what we’re calling craftsmen elevations – homes,” similar types of houses it has constructed in Beavercreek and at Yankee Trace in Centerville, said Mark Locke, the company’s representative.

“We want to do something nice,” Locke told township zoning officials recently at a meeting which drew more than 70 people, many of them Vienna Park residents.

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But the request for a major modification to the development plan approved a decade ago calls for changes that nearby residents fear will have a negative impact on their community and - in some cases – don’t meet township standards.

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The proposed changes fall short of meeting township guidelines for residential lot frontage, and front and side yard setbacks, records show. Township documents also show the building materials would also include less brick and stone than both the plan approved 10 years ago and many Vienna Park homes, a concern shared by residents and the township.

Joe Schmidt of Mohawk Trail Road said he is concerned about the possible use of vinyl siding because he wants “a quality product and a quality community.”

He said the plan “is a drastic – in my view – departure from” materials used to build Vienna Park. Other residents talked of possible lower land values.

The 2007 plan by land owner Zengel Construction called for all brick and stone homes, township records show.

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“These 100 percent brick and stone homes were going to be sold and an owner’s association was going to maintain all the land around the homes,” township documents show.

Township staff has recommended that an approval of changes ensure the plan includes the homes consist of at least 75 percent brick or stone, but the applicant wants “flexibility with this standard.”

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Residents’ and township concerns also include density, traffic impact, landscaping and drainage. Locke said Ryan Homes is “fine with” the vast majority of changes sought by residents and township, including a tree survey performed before any are removed.

The proposal is set to return to the township’s zoning commission April 18. Should it gain full township approval, the plan calls for a three-phased project to start construction in April 2018 and end by July 2020, records show.

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“Staff has worked with the applicant to address concerns with landscape buffers, quality of construction and density,” according to a township analysis of the plan. “…The current intent of the township is to create a neighborhood that will fit in the existing neighborhoods around it – in density, design and construction.”

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