AURORA — Preliminary and final site plans for Phase 1 of the Renaissance Park at Geauga Lake subdivision, the area north of Treat Road that the Pulte Group is seeking to develop, were accepted for study last month by the city’s planning commission.

Preliminary site plans also were accepted for study for the east and west sections of the 245-acre project area, which encompasses most of the former Sea World parking lot and a former campground.

Phase 1 is situated on 56.3 acres west of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and behind Liberty Ford. It consists of 36 single-family lots and 50 townhomes.

Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Transportation approvals are required before final plat approval, as are a wetlands delineation, traffic impact and water capacity studies, improvement plans, development and stormwater management agreements and lighting and landscaping plans.

The eastern section of the development covers 146.9 acres east of the railroad tracks, and will be developed in three phases, with 125 total lots on 44 acres, 27 acres of common area and 67 acres of conservation area.

The western section covers 79.3 acres, and will be developed in three phases, with 64 single-family parcels and 119 townhomes on 25 acres, 16 acres of common area and 30 acres of conservation area.

Overall plans are for 308 total homes in the subdivision, with 20 acres set aside south of Liberty Ford for commercial development.

The concept plan for the entire development was approved by the planning panel on Aug. 7 and by City Council on Sept. 23.

Meanwhile, planning panelists also accepted for study preliminary and final site plans for expansions of two industrial facilities in the southern industrial zone.

Auburn Land Co. Ltd./Robeck plans to add 15,000 square feet to its building at 350 Lena Drive, and Milo LLC/Workshop Wire Cut & Machine Inc. plans to add 4,800 square feet to its facility at 100 Francis D. Kenneth Drive. Curtis Layer Design Build Inc. would be the builder of the two additions.

The Robeck site has 46 existing parking spaces, and an additional 20 are proposed to comply with the 63-space requirement. For Workshop Wire Cut & Machine, 20 parking spaces are required. There are 12 existing and eight land-banked spaces proposed, and a wetlands delineation and lighting and landscaping plans are required for final approval.

And finally, the panel accepted for study a request for a 75-foot wetlands setback variance so ILPEA Industries can purchase a five-acre property to the north of its existing facility at 1300 Danner Drive/500 Lena Drive to add 68 parking spaces because another firm plans to share space in the same building.

A wetlands delineation is required, and the variance request has been sent to Chagrin River Watershed Partners for review.

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