The Violet Township trustees will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. April 29 for a rezoning request that, if approved, would allow for a 269-house development on Toll Gate Road.

The trustees will consider a request by Rockford Homes Inc. and Palmieri Enterprises LLC to rezone 137.5 acres of undeveloped land east of Toll Gate Road Northwest, south of Mamie Drive and west of Saylor Road, from R-2, single-family-residential classification to planned-district-residential classification.

If approved, the rezoning would allow the companies to build 269 single-family residences on the site.

“It will be a virtual public hearing,” said Kelly Sarko, the township’s zoning inspector. “Mass gatherings are not permitted under Gov. Mike Dewine’s emergency declaration. Although it is a virtual public hearing, it is anticipated that the public will be able to participate. Information regarding the GoToMeeting will be posted on the township’s website prior to the meeting.”

The township’s website is violet.oh.us.

The trustees’ vote will determine the fate of the rezoning request.

On March 10, the Violet Township Zoning Commission voted 3-0 to deny the developers’ request.

“My primary concern was the density of the development,” said John Biancamano, zoning commission chairman.

Biancamano pointed to section 3V3-02A of the township's zoning provisions.

"(That section of zoning code) says that the maximum net density in a planned district shall be two living units per acre, but the Rockford plan had a net density of around 2.9," Biancamano said.

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