Plans for about 230 single-family houses, 66 luxury townhouses, and a self-storage unit were approved by Sylvania Township trustees last night during a meeting at which the townhouse project was hotly debated for nearly two hours.
Five people who own property or represented owners near the proposed Derby Village, on Wilford Drive, asked trustees to vote down the project.
Most said they feared additional traffic at already dangerous intersections and the loss of the area's rural character.
“It is not up to you as representatives of the public to be guarantors of how much money someone can make,” said Terry Lodge, a Toledo attorney, who told the trustees he represented a number of Wilford residents. He said his clients think multifamily housing is inappropriate for the area.
However, Doug Cornell, who is chairman of the Sylvania and Sylvania Township future land-use group, said he believes that Derby Village was “good, planned growth for this particular area at this time.”
Trustees voted unanimously to change zoning in the 2800 block of Wilford from A-4 to R-1, and they voted 2-1 to change zoning at 2814 and 2942 Wilford, and 2737 through 2905 Moffat Drive from A-4 to R-3. George Fanning voted no.
Before the vote, Trustee Dock Treece asked developer Ryan Wamsher whether he would commit to help pay for a traffic light in seven or eight years because of the increased traffic his development would generate. Mr. Wamsher said he would contribute if trustees would allow him to build 200 units on the parcel. However, he said his 66 townhouses would not generate a large amount of additional traffic. Mr. Treece dropped the issue, admitting his questions were vague.
Zoning changes were approved unanimously for:
Zoning changes for a proposed Amerihost hotel were delayed at request of the developer, former trustee Donald Finnegan.