Lincoln Twp. planning commission schedules hearing for PUD variance

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — The Lincoln Township Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing Monday for a planned unit development variance submitted by Fenner Homes.

The subdivision project would include the construction of 39 buildings with 78 dwellings, allowing for two units per home. The site is along Maiden Lane in the township’s most northeastern section.

Supervisor Dick Stauffer said the buildings would vary from 1,200 to 1,600 square feet and be geared toward senior citizens.

If approved by the commission Monday and the Board of Trustees at a later meeting, the site would be rezoned from neighborhood residential district to planned unit development. The site’s developer is Greg Fenner.

Planning Commission Chairman Mike Freehling said the public hearing will include a setback variance for the front yard of the buildings.

“What (Fenner) wants to do is build the units closer to the road than what the existing ordinance allows,” Freehling said. “He’s asking to reduce the 35-foot requirement to a foot or two less in some cases. He’ll also be installing a private road.”

The public hearing was originally set for Feb. 1. However, the Planning Commission cancelled and rescheduled it for 6 p.m., Feb. 29 at the township’s municipal building.

Residents came to the Feb. 1 meeting and asked a few questions concerning the site’s drainage.

“We allowed some public comment last time, but it wasn’t a public hearing,” Freehling said. “The main question we had was surface water drainage. That whole area has had drainage issues over the years.”

Stauffer said the drain commissioner has looked at and reviewed the site since the meeting.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 27, 2016)

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