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Bellbrook planning board reschedules Ryan Homes

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Wednesday night’s Bellbrook planning boards meeting regarding Ryan Homes’ application for amendment to the preliminary plan for section two of the Vineyards has been rescheduled to Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Ryan Homes’ initial and preliminary application to move forward with section two has recently been approved by the planning committee and city council. The approved plan allows Ryan Homes to add an additional 24 homes to section two. The housing designs are to mirror the homes of section one, with side entry garages and the square footage and spacing, on average were comparable to those of section one. The issue now, is that Ryan Homes would like to reduce the lot sizes, reduce the spacing between houses, change the layouts of the homes, do away with the required irrigation systems, and add an additional 5 houses.

Homeowners of section one attended the December meeting and voiced their concerns and opinions in the public hearing and questioned representatives of Ryan Homes.

“The whole community is here. We have rallied around this because it is so important to us,” said homeowner, Eric Gerrin at the December meeting. “When we were looking for a home, we thought the Vineyards were enduring. We have a special community and this neighborhood is what we signed up for. We want it to stay the same.”

During Monday night’s City Council meeting, Louis Schatzberg, planning board member said, “It shows that the process works. When section one happened, no one came to the public hearing, but after phase one people have more knowledge of what is going on and have a vested interest,” he said. “I commend the people for doing what they needed to do to get the right answers and work with the developer and the developer worked with them.”

Ryan Homes representative have met with each resident of section one of the Vineyards to gather their concerns and feel confident an amicable solution is on the table.

Ryan Homes will propose its changes during Monday night’s meeting.

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