Remarks by Paul Burik and Others from the Presentation by David Hartt, City of Avon, Ohio, Planning Consultant, to the Avon Planning Commission on June 29, 1998

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MR. HARTT: ...First, by way of the planning background, I think it's pretty clear that the Comprehensive Plan, the 1992 Comprehensive Plan, basically confirmed the reasonableness of the existing, at that time, commercial zoning for that particular site [Avon Commons]. ... Obviously, in confirming the existing zoning in the Comprehensive Plan, it's fair to say that the City presumed that this was an appropriate location for retail -- centrally located. It had good access...

MR. BURIK: Mr. Hartt, we received a copy of a letter that was forwarded to you from Mr. Stark. So I imagine you had a chance to review it and are familiar with the proposal? Let me ask you of your sense of the proposed development at Lear-Nagle, how that would impact the community versus this project ...It appears, especially after I saw a copy of that letter, that there is a definite sense of competition between the two proposals.

MR. HARTT: ... The assumption is that the communities want the interchange. That may be a viable assumption; and the interchange may be very desirable; but the interchange in that location doesn't necessarily dictate ... that's [a Stark/Jacobs shopping center] the suitable development policy for that location in Avon. ...

MR. WEARSCH: I feel it's premature to discuss it because there has never been an application before this body other than a basic supposition that it's going to happen. We have read more through newspapers about it than anything that has come through this Commission. ... When I became involved in 1973 with the City, and ever since that point in time, ... my philosophy ... is once Avon becomes completely developed, whatever point in time it might be, that we have a sense of being, purpose, and individuality -- meaning we control the type of development that occurs, when it occurs and the quality of development that we have. And when we have total build-out, we have something that we're proud of. Looking at this development [Avon Commons], I think it fits that mode. ...

Over the many years I have been involved with the City, that property has always been discussed as having potential for a large shopping center. ... We have limited the areas where they can be built. I think Council was saying at the time that they adopted the legislation, saying that all super stores had to be within a half mile [of an I-90 interchange], that they were acknowledging the fact that this is a parcel where the potential exists. ...

MR. BURIK: ... I think there are a number of elements that dictate the quality of life. ... I think one of the things that must not be ignored, but it's really outside of the scope of what the City can do or cannot, is the services provided to the community by commerce, by retail. Right now we are under served. ...I don't think that's a good planning policy to say we'll rely on other communities to carry the burden or take care of that aspect of our lives. ...

Then the second question is where. IS THIS THE RIGHT LOCATION? I think this central location that has been designated many, many years ago is the right location. It's the spot that will be conducive to re-enforcing the core area. I think some of the other locations that have been brought forth formally or informally would be more divisive. I think anything away from the core area in the center would cause a split in the City and end up decentralizing rather than centralizing. Our charge is based on the recent master plan to maintain a village-like atmosphere. We need to create a centrally located town with a core area, ... I think looking at it at large in the community in three or four years, when it all settles, it would be very accepted; and in another five years people will wonder how we lived without it. ...

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