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Published: Tuesday, 5/7/2013

Waterville voters approve initiative to change zoning for apartment complex

Voters in Waterville today approved an initiative intended to change the zoning of an apartment complex now under construction.

While the vote effectively rezones the parcel at 8375 Waterville-Monclova Rd. from multifamily residential to single-family residential, it does not alter the construction of 14 two-unit buildings known as Kensington Garden Apartments.

It only will affect what could be built on the property in the future should any of the apartment buildings be removed.

Backers of the initiative had attempted to get a referendum on the ballot as a companion measure that would have overturned Waterville City Council’s Oct. 8 vote to change the site plan for the property to permit apartments rather than condominiums.

The city refused to submit the referendum to the elections board, and Lucas County Common Pleas Judge James Bates agreed with the city that council's vote on the matter was not subject to referendum.

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