TALLMADGE — City planners have voted in favor of a rezoning request for the centuries-old, 100-plus acre property known as the Ripley Farm on East Avenue at a designation never used in Tallmadge before.

The property in question consists of three parcels — a 102-acre parcel at 1229 East Ave., a 1.24-acre parcel at 1241 East Ave. and a 0.4-acre parcel at 1223 East Ave. The farm is situated in an R-2 Residential District. The applicant, the McKinley Development Co. Ltd., seeks a rezoning to R-6 Residential Open Space Planned Development District for the parcels.

Rich Costin, a representative of McKinley Development, said what’s proposed is a 208-lot single-family subdivision lined with sidewalks and trees that would be known as Tallmadge Reserve. There would be a range of lot sizes from one-sixth to just over half an acre, according to Costin, which he said reflects a continuing market trend for smaller single-family home lots. He said the project would include the designation of more than 30 acres of the property as open space.

"The R-6 provides a means to develop single-family housing in a way that provides greater flexibility in the land use arrangement of the site," according to Rita Weinberg, the city’s planning director and economic developer. "In some ways it is more flexible than the standard subdivision regulations and provides a means to preserve open space and unique and sensitive environmental features."

City Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the recommendation at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at city hall, 46 North Ave.


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