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Some residents not happy with development options to build houses or swine barn

Some residents are not happy about the options a land owner has to build either homes or a swine finishing barn on land in Genoa Township. (WSYX/WTTE)

GENOA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Some residents are not happy about the options a land owner has to build either homes or a swine finishing barn on land in Genoa Township.

Concerned residents packed a zoning commission meeting Monday night to make their voices heard in a request to rezone land from rural residential to planned residential development.

The plan includes building 67 single family homes on 42 acres of land at 4741 Tussic Street.

"We're looking for less houses. A lot of the residents want larger lot sizes. Some of us really don't care it's about the density,” explained resident Luke Schroeder.

Schroeder was one of the people in attendance at Monday night’s meeting. He said one concern he has heard among his neighbors over the planned development is increased traffic and more accidents.

Land owner Benton Benalcazar said those concerns were addressed by county officials.

"The Delaware County engineer has approved our traffic access study which is not require any additional traffic turn lanes or additional traffic signals,” said Benalcazar.

Benalcazar added the land was purchased nearly 17 years ago with the intent of developing it, "as a property owner we do have property rights and we're entitled to do something."

There are two options for development. If the first option to rezone the property to build homes fails, a swine finishing barn will be built instead with the current rural residential zoning.

With Hoover Reservoir located near the land, some residents have expressed concerns about animal runoff. Benalcazar said that will not be an issue.

"Everything is self-contained and we're not going to be spreading, there's not going to be any animals loose on the property and we're not going to be spreading any manure. So all the manure will be contained in the building and then removed from the building,” explained Benalcazar.

Benalcazar and his attorney’s explained their plans for the property at Monday night’s meeting. Attorney Joseph Miller said his client has rights that can’t be ignored.

"The people who say not in my backyard have to realize that he does have the right to put his property to some productive economic use,” said Miller.

No decision was made at Monday night’s meeting. The next meeting will be held February 12th.

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