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Some residents who live near the Ralph D. Black property in Sugarcreek Twp. are against a developer’s plans to build homes on the farmland.

The township’s zoning commission meets Tuesday and will consider HPA Development Group’s rezoning request for the 66 acres along Swigart and Darst roads that borders the city of Beavercreek to the south.

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The Cincinnati-based developer has submitted plans to build 189 homes, nearly three per acre, with 30 percent of the property preserved as green space. The proposed homes would be single-, two-story and patio-style homes ranging in price from $325,000 to $400,000.

The variety of home designs would attract both families and empty-nesters, according to township documents filed by the developer.

Township officials will provide an overview of the rezoning request and the developer is expected to make a presentation before the floor is opened to comments from citizens at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Cara Tilford, director of planning and zoning for Sugarcreek Twp.

The zoning commission will then deliberate and make a recommendation to the board of township trustees, Tilford said.

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Resident Jonathan Winkler said he and several other residents are not happy about the prospect of more homes and traffic coming to the area.

“My neighbors and I continually discuss the significant increase in traffic on Wagner Road, and worry that the traffic will only intensify once this development goes in,” Winkler said. “Our road is the back way to the Greene shopping center and central Kettering, and so we already have significant pressure.”

Winkler said the traffic study being considered as part of the project does not take into account the traffic increase from new homes along Little Sugarcreek Road or the impact the new proposal will have on Wagner Road.

“I for one am frightened of the prospect of my kids learning how to pull out of my driveway into all of that traffic when they are older and learning to drive,” he said.

Peter Land lives adjacent to the farmland where the homes would be built.

Land, who previously sold part of his property to a developer, which resulted in new homes, said there are already traffic backups in the area and he is concerned about the impact on his and his neighbors’ water supply.

“I see no way it would enhance the qualities of surrounding properties but rather the opposite,” Land said. “The excessive density will cause loss of stored water in the limestone aquifer which runs through the Black property.”

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Graham Parlin, HPA Development Group vice president, has said the proposal complies with the township’s land-use plan and the plans include preserving the existing creeks and wooded areas on the property.

The zoning commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the township’s administration office, 2090 Ferry Road.

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