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"AVON -- A county church group wants a decision about a developer's [Stark/Jacobs] proposal to build an interchange at Interstate 90 and Lear-Nagel Road delayed until the county's comprehensive land use plan is completed.

Members of BROAD-FAITH ORGANIZING FOR LORAIN'S DEVELOPMENT told members of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency [NOACA] on Friday [4-16-99] that citizens must know how the interchange will affect the area before a decision is made.

The group represents 16 churches in Lorain, Elyria and Oberlin. "The cities are being raped," said the Rev. David Wheeler, the group's president ...

The county's comprehensive land use plan is being assembled by committees under the County Planning Commission and the county commissioners. The plan should be finished in March 2000, said Ron Twining, director of the county's Community Development Department ...

Before NOACA can consider the Lear-Nagel interchange, Avon City Council would have to vote to authorize an impact study, Avon Mayor James Smith said. "There are a lot of questions to be answered. There are two schools and a church right down the street from this. I don't blame Council and (Avon) Planning Commission for being cautious about this"

Jerry N. Hruby, president of NOACA's board of directors, said he agreed with the church group ..."



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