TWINSBURG — Two City Council reps said May 14 they favor rezoning of property at Darrow Road and Glenwood Drive, so the city can sell it and a developer eventually can build homes there.
Director of Planning and Community Development Larry Finch said the city could place a rezoning issue on the fall ballot for the city-owned 19.5 acres on the northeast corner of the intersection, west of Gleneagles Golf Course.
The city administration has recommended rezoning from C-1 commercial, planned unit development and public facilities to R-5 residential (single-family cluster housing), which would allow up to 3.5 units per acre — or up to 68 total — to be built.
Finch said rezoning and selling are options because there is no identified purpose for the property, it is not generating any revenue for the city and the reason the city purchased it in 1995 was to prevent commercial use.
Two previous attempts at rezoning were rejected by voters. They opposed rezoning to R-5 in 2016 and they turned down rezoning the entire parcel to PUD in 2006.
City Council President Brian Steele and Councilman Bill Furey said they favor the city selling the property to generate revenue, and Furey said he believes R-5 zoning is the best way to go.
Steele said the money the city would receive from the sale of the parcel could go toward paying down the Gleneagles clubhouse debt.
At a previous Council meeting, Mayor Ted Yates said the reason why rezoning was defeated in 2016 may have been because residents were uncertain exactly what would be built there.
Three parcels of the total 19.5 acres are zoned three different ways. There is a 0.8-acre commercial parcel, while 5.19 acres are PUD and 13.58 acres are PF.
At a March meeting, the planning commission deadlocked 2-2 on whether to recommend rezoning to R-5 or mixed use.
Finch said whatever decision City Council arrives at, it must be something that works for the community.
"The third time on the ballot has to be something that everyone feels supportive of," he said.
Before a rezoning issue is placed on the ballot, Council must schedule a public hearing. No date has been set for that at this time. Issues for the November ballot must be filed with the Summit County Board of Elections in August.
Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.