The development will be a multi-phase, multi-year project, Bridge said. DDC management could not be reached for comment.
Before the New Carlisle City Council takes action on the plan, the developer must go through the annexation process in Miami County.
“Right now it’s a Miami County project. It doesn’t have a formal impact on us yet,” Bridge said at Tuesday night’s board meeting. “They (the developer) haven’t even started the annexation process with Miami County yet… It’s going to have to go through a lot of processes here at the city level before we can even move forward. “
According to Miami County Administrator Charlotte Colley, DDC Management contacted the Miami County Engineer’s Office to inquire about the possibility of annexing land for the project, but a proposal for annexation did not was not forwarded to the Miami County Commission on Tuesday.
The next steps, Bridge said, would be to bring that to council within 20 days to pass a resolution outlining what services the city can provide.
“They (the developer) still have to go through the Miami County process and then it goes to New Carlisle. This concept plan that we have seen very well could change,” he said. “We have safeguards in our own codes that say if you do this it has to go through our planning board. Our planning board should have the final say on the site plan it will develop and bring to the city. »
Bridge stressed that this is only an annexation discussion at this time and that no filings have been made.
“We know this is going to happen because the developer bought the land. We know he is going to ask for annexation. We just don’t know when,” he said. “(The developer) intends to break ground in 2023 with plans to build the lots in 2024, but it will take five to eight years to even realize its own potential.”
During the meeting, Bridge added that not only are they working on this development, but they are also working on at least two other residential developments in the city.
“Everyone asks why New Carlisle? Why not?” he said. “We’re not going to grow as a city if we don’t broaden our tax base.”
Ultimately, Bridge said, it will be the councils’ decision whether they pass the annexation agreements if the planning council passes the site plans.
“I think everyone has a stake and I could be wrong about the city growing and realizing its full potential, but we’re not going to do business in this city until we grow rooftops, as long as we don’t have disposable income,” he said. “They (the developers) came to us, so we’re doing something here to have that kind of growth, it’s great to have in a short time, it’s great.”
Residents of Clark and Miami counties spoke at Tuesday night’s council meeting to express their concerns about the proposed project.
Jason Layton, who lives half a mile west of the site on New Carlisle Road, said he was “100% opposed”.
“When this buyer wants to walk around and erect the neighborhood, he will encounter resistance. We will fight against annexation and for our way of life,” he said at the council meeting.
Maryann Layton, Jason’s mother who also spoke at the meeting, rents pasture on the farm for her grass-fed cattle business where the new site would be developed.
“Selling this farm is going to have a big impact on his business,” Jason said. “If the land becomes developed, mum will lose the ability to rent there and her business will be cut in half because we don’t have the land to support her livestock. She counted on this pasture.
Layton highlighted a few key points residents have about the new site: the occupancy of children from new neighborhood schools, the impact on traffic, and the environmental impact on Silver Lake.
The Silver Lake property is owned by Jeff Morford and his family of over 35 members. He said the property is about 100 acres with 17 acres of lake.
“It’s one of less than 120 naturally formed lakes in Ohio…It’s been there for 10,000 years,” Morford said. “The innocent environment will be in danger.”