Oldman Road rezoning plan withdrawn after residents voice concerns

WOOSTER – A proposed rezoning plan for a 376-unit development on Oldman Road across from Wooster High School was withdrawn from Monday’s city council meeting this morning.

The decision came after the plaintiff, Wooster Town School Principal Gabe Tudor, requested that it be withdrawn.

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Additionally, the zoning proposal was removed from Monday’s agenda and the public hearing was canceled, according to a city’s Facebook post.

The move comes after residents of a nearby neighborhood expressed concerns about the housing development project.

Marc Husmann of Skylark Avenue in Wooster with his sign in the front yard.

Many residents along Skylark Avenue and Oak Hill Road have placed signs in their front yards that read “Not In My Garden” and “Against WCS Land Swap”.

“I don’t have the impression that the administration is listening to us because the Planning Commission adopted the development plan and what is preventing the city council from adopting it,” said Marc Hussman, a Skylark Avenue resident, on the Daily Record last week. “We were blinded by it.”

Wooster’s bimonthly city council meeting will proceed as scheduled without a proposal or hearing, according to the revised November 1 agenda.

Tudor did not immediately respond to a call for comment on Monday.

What the proposal involved

If approved by council, the now withdrawn proposal would have changed the zoning of the 29-acre R-1 suburban single-family residential property under planned development and community facilities.

This rezoning would have paved the way for a campus of retirement homes on the west side of the property built by Lemmon Development. According to the development plans, 36 single-family homes, 16 villas and an independent living center of 85 units were planned on the site.

Vision Apartments planned to build a 236 unit complex on the east side of the property.

The project was part of the city’s plan to increase its housing stock following the increase in population over the past decade.

“This project will serve to create new housing opportunities for new and future workers who would otherwise need to commute,” said Jonathan Millea, city development coordinator.

To deal with the expected population increase in the area, the city planned to install a roundabout at the intersection of Oldman Road and Oak Hill Road, Millea said.

No announcement has been made regarding this road map.

A land swap project

The Wooster City School District considered a land swap deal with the Noble Foundation for a transaction fee of $ 10,000 in March, according to a Daily Record report.

In exchange for the 29 acres adjacent to Kean Elementary on Oldman Road, the school district would gain 32 acres directly north of Wooster High School stadium.

The 29 acres next to Kean Elementary are where the proposed senior residence campus and apartments would be built.

This land swap would have given the district the opportunity to expand, according to former superintendent Michael Tefs.

“As we look at the need for growth going forward, this is going to be 32 acres right behind our stadium and is really going to be very, very positive for the school district for generations to come,” Tefs told the Wooster School Board. . in March.

Shortly after the proposed land swap, the school district announced its 30-year master plan and three proposals that would see renovated and new schools across the city, the Daily Record reported in April.

The plan aims to accommodate the city’s expected population growth as new housing projects are built, according to the Wooster Town Schools website.

On the school districts website, six different housing projects offered in Wooster, including the Oldman Road Apartments and the Seniors Campus, are described.

With about 683 housing units to be built across the city, the school district is expected to accommodate an additional 1.4 students per unit, according to the district’s website.

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