TWINSBURG — With voters rejecting two proposed rezoning issues involving 20 acres of city-owned land Nov. 5, the newly re-elected mayor said he doubts the city will return to the ballot for a fourth time.
"The residents have voted and decided against the rezoning," Mayor Ted Yates said. "I understand both sides and I don’t see the city pursuing this rezoning issue again."
He said the whoever may buy the land from the city would have to decide how to proceed.
"If Council decides to sell the property, then the next rezoning request will come from the developer."
According to the final but unofficial numbers from the Summit County Board of Elections, 2,141 voters cast ballots for Issue 46, or around 42%, with 2,922 votes against, or just under 58%.
The numbers were similar for Issue 47, with 2,123 votes for versus 2,920 votes against.
As a result, the property will remain at its current zoning. Of the total property, 14.01 acres is zoned for public facilities, 5.19 is zoned planned unit development and 0.8-acre is zoned C-1 commercial.
The city purchased the property in 1995. Voters also had rejected rezoning to planned unit development in 2006 and to R-5 in 2016.
Director of Planning and Community Development Larry Finch said in March that the reason for seeking rezoning is because there is no identified purpose for the property, it is not generating any revenue for the city and the reason the city purchased the property in 1995 was to prevent commercial uses.
Just prior to the election, Twinsburg Councilman Scott Barr said proceeds from the sale of the property would be used to pay off any debt service on the Gleneagles Golf Course clubhouse, which opened in September 2018, at a cost of $6.1 million.
Finch said since the total vacant acreage is surrounded by homes on three sides, he feels the neighbors would not want commercial use in their back yard.
Finch said the estimated development value would be about $18 million, with the assessed value at about $6.6 million, and the property could be expected to generate about $414,000 in total property taxes, with about $319,000 going to the school district.
Figuring an average household income of $75,365 at a rate of 2 percent, the city would have likely gained around $100,000 in income tax per year from the new residential area.
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