Union holds public hearing for zoning


By Ron Nunnari

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UNION — At its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 14, city of Union council held a public hearing on a change of zoning from A-R Agricultural-residential to L-I Light-Industrial for a 0.8971 acre lot located at 2260 Old Springfield Road.

No residents attended the meeting to speak against the proposed zoning change.

The property was recently annexed by the city. The owners, Pure Development, requested the change in zoning.

“We have met all of the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code by sending notices to all adjoining property owners and having a file here for public review,” said City Manager John Applegate. “Nobody came in to review it. We’ve had no phone calls and we are in compliance with the O.R.C. requirements.”

Council followed by adopting Ordinance 1771 in one reading as an emergency to amend the official zoning district map of the city’s zoning ordinance to change the 0.8971 plot from A-R to L-I.

The lot is located on the south side of Old Springfield Road west of Dog Leg Road.

In other business, city council adopted Ordinance 1772 in one reading to approve the annual list of lighting assessments at $3 per $1,000 of a property’s valuation.

Concord Farms North walkway lights were set at $40.76 per lot. Concord Farms West walkway lights at $46.13 per lot, Irongate subdivision $45.75 per lot, Union Ridge subdivision $38.06 per lot, Lindeman Commons subdivision $49.79 per lot, Concord Meadows at $41.76 per lot, Stoney Crest at $60.45 per lot, and Union Springs at $50.80 per lot.

Council passed Resolution 23-07 to authorize an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement programs.

The application will be for the state Issue II program to secure funding in the form of a loan/grant with zero percent interest for up to 30 years.

“We are looking at probably a 10 percent grant with a 90 percent loan in the neighborhood of $2.5 to $3 million for roadway improvements in the industrial park,” Applegate said.

The funding would enable the city to pickup where it left off at Old Springfield and Dog Leg roads to make improvements east to the intersection of Peters Pike and Old Springfield and north up to the intersection of Lightner Boulevard as well as N. Montgomery County Line Road and Peters Pike.

The city would repay the loan using TIF money generated by properties located in the industrial park.

“This would really be a great step forward in getting that road improved,” Applegate noted. “It is part of our long range plans to disperse traffic throughout the industrial park to make it easier for industrial traffic to move in and out.”

The roadway improvement would include widening the road to three lanes with curb with other infrastructure improvements. The city won’t find out if the application for funding is approved until November or December.

If funding is secured, work would not begin until July 2024.

Council also set a date of Sept. 25 for a public hearing on a proposed change in zoning from A-R to L-I for 86.248 acres of land located at the southwest corner of Peters Pike and N. Montgomery County Line Road.

Reach Ron Nunnari at [email protected].

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