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Home development plans leave neighbors unhappy
MASON, Ohio (PAula Toti) -- A developer's dream could be a homeowner's nightmare. At least that's how some see things in Mason. A planning commission meeting Tuesday night didn't go the way many homeowners would have liked.
The commission voted to approve a plan by a developer to build homes where the closed Crooked Tree golf course used to be. The developer CT Devco Inc. has a plan that calls for 230 homes to be built by the Dree's company on the 168 acres.
Concessions were made to homeowners after many spoke out at a previous public meeting. The original plan called for 236 homes. Also now some lots would be 72 feet wide instead of 70.
Many residents, including Josh Hall who lives with his mother in one of the neighborhoods that border the golf course property, think that's a change that does very little. They'd like to see lots at least 100 feet wide.
The homes will be in the three hundred fifth thousand dollar price range with a few over four hundred thousand. Many of the surrounding homes that had planned on always having their golf course view are in a similar price range. However, the issue is about density. Some who had a view of a fairway now might see as many as three homes behind their lots. Mason's mayor points out that the current zoning on the golf course property calls for 300 homes and no zoning change is needed.
The developer is going for a "planned unit development" and that does require approval. The plan spells out green space and the size of homes and lots. This gives city council more control.
Tuesday night's approval means the plan now goes to the full council. It also means another public hearing, and likely many more adjustments to the plan.
The developer and owner of the golf course say everyone involved would have preferred to keep the golf course. They say it just wasn't profitable the past seven years. Crooked Tree closed in December.
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