BEAVERCREEK — Design Homes and Development in Dayton recently filed an application with Beavercreek to allow the rezoning of 28.583 acres of land located at 3240 Shakertown Road for the purpose of constructing multi-family residential area or as an assisted living facility.
There were issues that arose during the three stage approval process but those were not the subject of the rezoning application. The rezoning was approved with 10 conditions.
The property in question is located at the corner of Shakertown Road and North Fairfield, east of Ballymeade. It’s been requested that the development have a connection to Newton Drive. This connection is one of the reasons for debate among residents.
“I’ve lived on Leawood Drive for the past 33 years and the area has been very quiet, with little traffic,” Beavercreek resident Robert Wiese said. “I object to the Newton extension. I’m fearful that people will take Newton Drive to Fairfield to avoid traffic lights at North Fairfield and Shakertown Road. It’s only human nature to avoid traffic lights.”
Mr. Lisle of Design Homes and Development indicated that residents did attend the planning commission meeting to address the Newton Road issue and concerns.
“I understand this and the new community would be impacted with pass through traffic,” he said that they would be working closely with the engineers to ensure traffic calming measures.
The other issue is rain water drainage. Being apart of Beavercreek, the city workers are well aware of the water issues the residents face. But, moving forward, this administration is taking drainage issues very serious. It was indicated that what was done in the past cannot be changed. The city cannot afford to move backwards and fix all the issues, but can, when moving forward, pay special and close attention to drainage and runoff concerns.
“These are issues that will be discussed during the next phase of the process, not during the rezoning,” Councilman Brian Jarvis said. “Beavercreek has over $175 million flooding issues throughout the city, but that’s not a point of discussion here.”
City council approved the rezoning with ten conditions and is letting the chips fall where they may with the site plan, which will be the next phase that will be presented to council for approval and changes, such as drainage and traffic issues.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.