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Ryan Homes compromises with homeowners

The Vineyards of Bellbrook expansion
The Vineyards of Bellbrook expansion
Photograph provided by Flicker, Great Valley

During the Wednesday night’s Bellbrook planning board meeting, the decision of the board to table Ryan Homes amendment proposal for section two of the Vineyards of Bellbrook Subdivision proved fruitful. The additional time allowed Ryan Homes to meet with the current section one homeowners to address their concerns. The willingness of Ryan Homes to ensure the happiness of all involved brought revisions to the amendment that resolved the homeowners concerns. The Planning Board approved Ryan Homes new proposal with conditions.

“I’m glad that we tabled this for a month,” said David Van Veldhuizen, Planning Board member. “Last month when everyone was here, there seemed to be three big issues on the table. That was the irrigation, square footage of the lots and the side load garage. Since then, Mark Lock [Ryan Homes representative] addressed these.”

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.

With the amendment of section two, Ryan Homes wanted to reduce the lot sizes, reduce the spacing between houses, change the layout of the homes, do away with the required irrigation systems, and add an additional 5 houses.

Since the December meeting and since Ryan Homes meetings with section one residents, they have agreed to reduce the number of homes built to 27. They have agreed to increase the lot sizes and the distances between homes, require side entry garages, require irrigation systems, and allow variation in elevation. The Planning Board approved the new amendment with the condition that vinyl siding be restricted and that the engineering department approves the plans.

“This shows that the system works,” said Louie Schatzberg, Planning Board member. “There was a plan brought to us and you as citizens said we don’t like it. It just goes to show that your voices can make a difference.”

Ryan Homes’ new amended proposal, with conditions will be presented to the Bellbrook City council meeting on January 27 with a public hearing anticipated for February 10.

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