The developments are proposed on a set of 586 acres.
DDC Management has a purchase agreement for a 115-acre farm in Miami County where it plans to build 298 single-family homes. If approved, the new community would be at 8805 E. New Carlisle Road at the corner of Scarff Road, which is on the Miami County line and adjacent to the Clark County line.
The cost of the houses will start at around $250,000. All of the land would be annexed to Miami County, according to the proposal.
DDC Management has contacted the Miami County Engineer’s Office to inquire about annexing the land in New Carlilse, Miami County Administrator Charlotte Colley said. However, an annexation proposal has not been formally submitted and the process has not been initiated.
Bridge said no formal documents were submitted to start the annexation process, but the developer submitted a land review which was approved in March.
“We are not sure of the final plan. There was a review of the preliminary plan, but the planning board had concerns about the density and width of the lots,” he said. “(The planning board) has presented concerns and recommendations, and (the developer) is coming back to resubmit the preliminary plan.”
Before the New Carlisle City Council takes action on the plan, the developer must go through the annexation process in Miami County. Once this process has been initiated in Miami County, the New Carlisle Council should then pass a resolution indicating the services the city can provide.
Bridge said no proposals have been made to council and the annexation or services agreement has yet to pass. He said the council is working with Bethel Twp. draft and approve the annexation agreement.
As for the next steps regarding this development, Bridge said they are still talking about financing, zoning and final approval of the dish.
“We’re still a bit far from anything formal because of the legislative processes we have to go through,” he said.
A joint business meeting with the New Carlisle City Council and Bethel Twp., the Miami County Board of Directors, was held to discuss potential annexation and development.
Bethel Township. Administrator Don Black said the township opposed annexation. He said the township had lost 1,030 acres to annexation since 1988, or 5% of the township.
New Carlisle does not have to enter into an annexation agreement with Bethel Twp. for this annexation to happen. However, reaching an agreement is a way for the township to have a limited contribution to the annexation and development of the property.
Black added that school district boundaries will not change and children who attend Bethel High School will continue to do so.
New Carlisle Planning Director Derek Hutchinson said if the annexation goes through, the only thing that will change is that it will be considered New Carlisle and use city utilities.
“I want to do what I think the citizens would want, which is best for the city in terms of the tax base, which will bring a better future to the city of New Carlisle or be able to move the city in the right direction to bring in new business,” said New Carlisle Mayor Mike Lowrey.
The first stages of the plan for this development of nearly 300 homes began in February.
Opponents of this additional housing say it will cause an increase in population which will drain resources and impact schools.
Residents of Clark and Miami counties have expressed concerns about the proposed project.
Jason Layton, who lives on New Carlisle Road near the proposed housing site, said he was concerned that additional housing would cause additional traffic and result in an influx of students into the local Bethel School District.
Layton opposes the project and said a few key points residents have about the new site are the occupancy of children from new schools in the area, the impact on traffic, and the environmental impact on Silver Lake.
“Bethel and many New Carlisle residents remain strongly opposed to annexation and development. This is not good for Bethel School and we township residents do not want the additional traffic or impact environment on Silver Lake,” he said.
The Silver Lake property is owned by Jeff Morford and his family of over 35 members. He said the property is about 100 acres with 17 lake acres, and is one of less than 120 naturally formed lakes in Ohio that have existed for 10,000 years.
“I am and always will be against the 300 home development plans that DDC plans to build in Scarff and Lake due to habitat and environmental concerns for the Honey Creek corridor,” he said. “In my mind, new residents and voters can change the fiber of New Carlisle.”
While Morford continues to oppose the development and suggests leaving it agricultural, he has secured signatures from residents against it. He said he went door to door and moved into a local church and got 117 residents to sign against the development.
700 new housing units offered.
Arbor Homes proposed an 83-acre site in Bethel Twp., Clark County to build 300 single-family homes. The vacant land should be annexed, but not across county lines, Bridge said. If approved, the new community would be in Addison Carlisle Road, north of the Northwoods subdivision.
The proposed layout would include 12 floor plans; six or more elevation styles per floor plan; structural options, including basement, sunrooms and room extensions; interior options such as gourmet kitchen and luxury master bathrooms; vinyl siding; and masonry, according to the plan.
The other development is proposed by DR Horton to build 400 single-family homes on the 145-acre Brubaker farm property on the east side of 235, north of the Chrysler dealership.
The developer had a concept plan that it presented earlier this month, but due to the floodplain and the studies it has done, it had to reorganize it.
Hutchinson said this development is unique because the developer plans to leave space near Ohio 235 for business purposes.
This project does not have a timeline indicating when the developers will submit their plan.
Fourth proposed development
A potential fourth development was proposed by a 200-acre private landowner and the 43-acre Clark County Land Bank to build 700 single-family homes that would be north of Twin Creek. The project does not yet have a developer and no concept plan has been drawn up.
Revenue from these homes will go directly into existing neighborhoods and infrastructure to fix streets and do more projects, Bridge said.
“We hope that the legislative bodies are receptive to the excellent work that the administration has brought to them,” he said.
City welcoming to projects
Hutchinson said the city didn’t pursue these developments, owners and developers came to see them. He said that once a property owner and developer wants to work with them, they will welcome concept plans and ideas on how to secure residential and commercial properties.
“This is just the beginning. There are going to be many years to follow with improvement and growth, commercially and residentially. The benefits to the community are going to be enormous,” he said. getting it right and making sure that’s an advantage.”
New Carlisle has a population of 5,559 in 2,086 households. Over the next 10 years with the four potential developments, the population is expected to increase by 4,414 people in 1,698 additional households, bringing the total to 9,973 people in 3,784 households by 2030.
New Carlisle has been named the second healthiest housing market in Ohio, according to an annual study of the Ohio housing market by SmartAsset.
SmartAsset is a fintech company, founded in 2012, focused on publishing articles, guides, reviews, calculators, and tools to help people make decisions about their personal finances. The study surveyed cities and towns by assessing homeownership and housing market factors, such as the number of years residents stay in the same house, the percentage of houses that decline in value, etc. .
“We didn’t know that we would be in this study like this… We had a lot of activity with some promoters interested in our city; we didn’t know where it came from, and then suddenly we were informed that this article was published with the rating criteria; and everything made sense to us in that moment,” Bridge previously said.
Bridge assigned the high ranking in the survey to residents of the city, as the rating was measured by metrics such as the number of years residents have been in their homes and the risk of the homes losing value. He said that means people want to stay in the city.
Bridge, who has served as city manager since 2015, said he has worked hard to bring about positive change, including getting the finances in order, fixing the streets and pumping money into parks.
“You need all of these foundations, so people want to stay here and move into your town. I think people are starting to notice that New Carlisle is changing, becoming a desirable destination to live in,” he said.