Be Heard - Petition for Miami Township Trustees Re: Ryan Homes Proposed Development
This petition is from the residents of Miami Township. The signers of this petition would like the Miami Township Trustees to know that the proposed development by Ryan Homes at the corner of Branch Hill Guinea Pike and Weber Road is opposed for the following reasons:
Development will occur, but it should occur in the right way, a safe way – taking our concerns into consideration, reading our letters, and with the trustees serving as advocates for us in this process.
- The neighboring subdivisions feature brick/stone wrap around front back and sides.
- The neighboring subdivisions have sufficient set back so that multiple car families can all park in their driveways.
- Example of an R-PUD development that is in character with the surrounding neighborhood – Mitchell Farm
- All subdivisions in Miami Township interconnect. This development must connect to Deerhaven as well as Weber for safety reasons
- Traffic study relied on four hours of data collection from October 2014, and county predictions of only 4 cars per thousand growth per year. Actual traffic growth has been much worse.
- 3rd lane being added to BHG ends 120 feet from the intersection, will create a choke point, drivers from this new development (1,620 car trips per day) will use Tanglewood, Paxton South and Paxton Lakes as a ‘cut through’
- Assuming 2 children per household, the development will add 320 students to Milford EVSD at a cost of $9,514.33 per student or over $3 million per year in additional tax burden (source: Ohio Department of Education district profile).
- The developer will say this development is ‘targeted for empty nesters’ but this is not a gated empty nester community, so this claim is irrelevant
- Closest school (Boyd E Smith) is already over capacity, which means redistricting will be required.
There are significant points of objection that many find alarming within the proposed plan. Key concerns include: a traffic study that ignores an ever increasing vehicle flow, fails to address safety issues and puts our children at risk, spills an additional 1,620 (plus or minus) car trips onto only two access points on Weber Road (a former farm trail) and for accessing Branch Hill Guinea Pike, and will only further congest adjacent roadways; school overcrowding at Boyd E. Smith elementary which may lead to redistricting, longer school bus travel times, and possible tax consequences; small lot and home sizes that are inconsistent with the contiguous neighborhoods of the area and do not reflect the quality of construction currently present, as well as a lack of amenities for the residents of the proposed development.