The Lucas County Plan Commission has recommended approval of a request for a zoning change for about 9.5 acres on Percentum Road for construction of 66 rental villa units.
The commission made the same recommendation in September last year and again this March. The earlier zoning change request was turned down by the the Sylvania Township trustees and the more recent one was withdrawn.
In each case neighbors complained that those proposals would result in increased traffic, population density and, in the case of the earlier request, the height of a proposed four-story building.
The applicant, McCarthy Builders, is seeking the zoning change from rural residential to a residential planned unit development.
The plans submitted with the request to change zoning show villas arranged around a U-shaped roadway connecting at two places to Percentum.
As proposed there would be five 8-unit buildings, three 6-unit buildings, and two 4-unit buildings.
The planning commission staff recommended approval of the request. Their report noted that the proposed development is compatible with surrounding residential and commercial uses and with the township land use plan.\
The staff did note that coverage of the area by structures, driveways, etc. must not exceed 40 percent. The current plan shows coverage of 40.6 percent. The staff recommended a waiver be approved for the difference.
The zoning change request will next be heard by the Sylvania Township Zoning Commission. A final decision will come after a hearing by the township trustees.
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