Rezoning to accommodate the relocation of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Brookville could be finished within 90 days according to a fast-track plan being pursued by the city.
Brookville City Manager John Wright said Tuesday that a 60-acre site in the city’s Northbrook Industrial Park will have to be rezoned from industrial to a type of planned development.
That will require submission of a formal plan by developer Miller Valentine Group. After that, public hearings will be scheduled before the Planning Commission. The city council could then vote on the rezoning, Wright said.
Alan Schaeffer, attorney for the Montgomery County Fair Board, made a short presentation to the council last week.
“Our goal is to have them here,” Wright said. “It won’t be a tax revenue generator, but the plus side for us is it would generate traffic and bring people into the community to spend money.”
Earlier this month, the Fair Board approved a two-year option that would allow Miller Valentine Group to purchase the 37-acre South Main Street fair site in Dayton for $16 million to $18 million. The soonest the fair could be held in Brookville is 2015.
It’s still unknown how the fairgrounds would be re-purposed, but the land is adjacent to two of the fastest-growing anchors in south Dayton – Miami Valley Hospital and the University of Dayton.
The agreement also includes a provision in which the county would fund dismantling and moving the historic roundhouse building from the South Main Street property to the Brookville site.
Montgomery County Fair Board Vice President John Yancik said Tuesday that until a new user for the fairgrounds is identified, the potential move is in a holding pattern.
“We have made the first step,” he said. “It will be a process.”