Council discusses development


By Cecilia Fox - cfox@aimmedianetwork.com



WEST MILTON — The West Milton council heard an update on the Stillwater Crossing development at their meeting Tuesday night.

According to Municipal Manager Matt Kline, the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment have approved the zoning and plans for the development.

The property is currently zoned agricultural, but would be zoned as planned development. The majority of the property would be zoned planned development residential, including Randall Residence Senior Living. A smaller area would be zoned to allow businesses, including retail.

The plans now include more senior cottages, which will be quads instead of duplexes. There will also be 133 single family homes.

Councilman Jason Tinnerman asked if $180,000 would be the market price on the single family homes in the development. He added that he thought market prices would be higher, and is now concerned about the amount of tax revenue that will be generated by the development.

“That’s going to change all of our estimates on tax revenue coming in,” he said. “It was my understanding that Milton is lacking in higher end homes in that $215 and above price range…I’m not speaking against the development, I’m just looking for assurances.”

Kline pointed out that the developer is responsible for making sure the development generates enough revenue to pay back the infrastructure costs.

He also reminded council that there will be a special council meeting and public hearing on the TIF on June 27, which will be an opportunity for questions about the development specifics.

Council asked for more information prior to that meeting, including a figure on infrastructure costs.

In other business, two resolutions for engineering services were tabled until the meeting.

Kline said the village is winding up its storm damage clean-up.

“I know I speak for many when we say how thankful we are that the storm wasn’t worst than it was and we are especially thankful for all who responded the night of the storm,” Kline said.

The storm hit West Milton June 5, taking down power lines and trees all over the area.

“I would just like to thank the town in general coming together after the storm. I saw a lot of neighbors coming out, helping other neighbors,” councilman Anthony Miller said. “I was very glad to see that.”

Councilwoman Sarah Copp provided an update on the community farmers market, which is now in its second year. The first market of the season was held over the weekend and there were eight vendors. More vendors will be joining over the summer, she added.

In an effort to promote youth entrepreneurship, she suggested the establishment of a kids’ day at the market where area children can sell their own wares and creations. There would be no vendor fee for the children.

The market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through mid-October.

By Cecilia Fox

cfox@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach Cecilia Fox at cfox@aimmedianetwork.com.

Reach Cecilia Fox at cfox@aimmedianetwork.com.