Pemberville housing plans OK'd PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:06
PEMBERVILLE - Plans for a residential subdivision in the village moved forward Tuesday night with Pemberville Council's unanimous agreement to rezone nearly 20 acres of land.
Property owner Tom Oberhouse said development is at least a year or two away because he was waiting for the rezoning before spending money on design and engineering work. "As far as I know Dave Bruning will be farming beans on that land this year," he said.
During a public hearing before the council meeting, several residents expressed concerns about the lack of plans for the development. Residents of Sycamore and Sherman streets, which are short, narrow stub streets into the area to be developed, are concerned about how those streets might be widened, thus affecting their properties, access to garages and traffic close to their homes. A need for additional or alternate ways to enter and leave the subdivision was a frequent request.
Oberhouse said he has looked at previous plans for the property, including one approved in 1972 that showed two access points. That project was later canceled. He said additional means of access were being investigated. "Hopefully we can work something out that will not upset too many people." He said a review of subdivision plans from Haskins, Perrysburg and Bowling Green indicate that two access points for a parcel this size is typical.
"I plan to live in Pemberville the rest of my life. I don't want to build something that would be an embarrassment," Oberhouse said.
"This is the right first step," Council President Randy Rothenbuhler said as council prepared to vote. "In order to make an investment (in planning) a developer needs to have some reassurance." Rothenbuhler said he has confidence that the village's subdivision rules have stiff requirements and that the village Planning Commission will do its job. "There will be a lot of opportunity going forward for other input from citizens," he said.
Residents who want to be kept abreast of Planning Commission meetings, usually the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., can click the 'Email us' button on the village website ( to have their address added to the notification list.
Before the hearing Tuesday, Rothenbuhler and Council Member Eric Campbell took a "field trip" to the area to talk to a couple of residents about their concerns.
Council Member James Opelt said he appreciated "the kind and civil talk" among residents during the meeting. "We may not always agree, but there was no yelling and no pointing of fingers. I think that speaks well of Pemberville."
Council also:
• Heard Mayor Gordon Bowman report the village tennis courts would be resurfaced this summer, with a $5,600 grant from the Wood County Park District and $600 in matching funds from the village.
• Heard Campbell report the Eastwood Band Boosters would receive a check for $1,371, from the Wood County Solid Waste District as a result of the village's recycling program.
• Heard Marge Cox report that the Tree Commission is planning changes at Mason Park that include planting a blue spruce tree, moving shrubs and adding underground electricity to light the tree at Christmas. A flood light is also planned on Village Hall, with plans to illuminate the American Flag at night.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:53

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