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Hudson City Council considers rezoning in western Hudson

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: May 4, 2014 12:00 AM

Hudson -- Council waited to vote on a rezoning request at its April 23 meeting to discuss the impact on neighboring properties, wetlands and traffic. It is scheduled to vote on the legislation May 7.

A preliminary plan to develop 144 residential lots at the Reserve at River Oaks on the western side of Hudson between Boston Mills and Streetsboro streets has been approved. Developer Prestige Homes has asked the neighboring 91.5 acres be rezoned from commercial/industrial to residential.

The developer plans to build 41 homes with access on East Streetsboro Street and 103 homes with access on Boston Mills Road in the Reserve at River Oaks. If the 91.5 acres are rezoned, the developer could add 88 homes with a second access on Boston Mills Road.

Chris Brown, director of land development and acquisition for Prestige Homes, said the company has owned the property for 25 years but cannot find anyone to develop on the limited buildable space because of wetlands and required setbacks for a business.

The planning commission recommended the change and requested the second access road. It also recommended rezoning three parcels to the west of the 91.5 acres to residential.

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Council members requested letters from the two owners of the three parcels confirming they approved of the rezoning change of their properties, since they had previously been against the change.

Wetlands were a concern cited by residents and Council members at the April 23 meeting.

City Engineer Thom Sheridan said the wetlands were delineated for the entire 445 acres which makes up the Reserve at River Oaks and the additional rezoned 91.5 acres. The three parcels not owned by Prestige Homes are not included.

The developer has designated 218 acres of the 445 acres as wetlands and 98 acres would be open space.

The wetlands have been preserved in a conservation easement, the Ohio Stream Preservation in Bainbridge, Brown added.

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Community Development Director Mark Richardson said the development is 50 feet away from the wetlands with no direct impact on the wetlands.

Run off from the properties would go into a stormwater system and catch basin before entering the wetlands, Brown said.

Although a traffic study has been done on the approved development, Council President Hal DeSaussure wanted to know the impact the additional 88 homes would have before making a rezoning decision.

"I want to know the worst case scenario," DeSaussure said.

Council member Dennis Hanink agreed with DeSaussure that the Land Development Code listed points to consider when rezoning, and one of them was impact on services.

"What service level can the city accommodate?" DeSaussure asked.

Sheridan said the traffic study completed on the 144 new homes required no improvements to the road. The study looked at several nearby intersections and showed no impact, he added.

Schroyer said the city would look at the overall impact on Boston Mills Road and provide the information to Council members before the May 7 meeting.

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