Change of zone refused for the construction project of apartments in Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — On Tuesday night, Boardman Township administrators denied a zoning change to build apartments or condos on what is considered the township’s last large undeveloped lot.

It is a parcel of farmland at the intersection of Tippecanoe and Leffingwell roads.

The administrators decided that it would remain zoned as agriculture for the time being, that a proposed planned unit development would not be permitted.

Sixty people packed Boardman Town Hall on Tuesday night for a public hearing on the zoning change that would allow development of 180 condo or apartment units on what is currently 50 acres of farmland.

“People are always reluctant to accept changes on neighboring lands or to be actively hostile to them,” said attorney J. Michael Thompson of Universal Development of Liberty.

Universal Development wants to develop the property.

“Your duty tonight is not to measure whether this project meets the approval of the spectators, it is to determine whether it meets the criteria set out in your zoning resolution,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the development would not create additional flooding or traffic congestion along Tippecanoe. He said the proposed development meets all Boardman zoning regulations.

“According to the resolution you passed, if a development meets those criteria, it must be approved,” Thompson said.

“It is entirely at your discretion to deny this request,” attorney Brian Coulter said.

Coulter represents Michael Bruno of Canfield, who lives along Tippecanoe Road. Coulter questioned Universal’s position to guarantee there would be no flooding.

“I don’t think that’s a statement that can be made with confidence or precision,” Coulter said.

Others who spoke spoke of the potential for traffic problems.

“By the time they get to my house, they’re going about 70 mph. We really don’t need more traffic. We have to get it under control,” said Tippecanoe resident Lynda Flowers.

Boardman administrators followed with questions and comments.

“Does not provide a harmonious relationship between what is proposed and current surrounding developments on Tippecanoe Road. The combination of rural and residential,” said administrator Tom Costello.

But when it was over, the admins voted unanimously to deny the zone change request.

Universal Development’s next option is to take the case to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. His attorney said it was too early to decide whether the company would appeal.

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