Farrell said the amendments would not have an impact if someone wants to sell their property.
However, Dan Dressman, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, sees things differently.
“If they bought it for one price and they thought they had the ability to sell off plots without actually going through a zone change at some point in time, when they were not interested in farming any longer, now that ability is being taken away from them,” he told the Journal-News. “That’s really what it comes down to.”
Jim Obert, vice president of planning, zoning and development for Hills Properties in Cincinnati, said the zoning process is expensive — as much as $30,000 — and time consuming, typically taking six months.
“You have to hire the engineers, you do the drawings, you do the maps, I’m in the business … I know ($10,000) is what it costs minimally to do a zone change. Then you have to go through the time duration,” he said.
Director of Planning and Zoning Bryan Behrmann said there is a $700 application fee but the rest of the costs the developers discussed wouldn’t come in until a project reached the county level at the planning and development phase.
There are 43 properties the township identified that would be affected by the amendment, because they are currently zoned for agriculture but are within residential areas on the “vision plan.”
The trustees approved the text amendments and waived the $700 fee for the impacted property owners — an offer that is good for 45 days after a letter informing property owners of the waiver is mailed.