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Crafton OKs zoning request

The last remaining greenspace in Crafton along the Chartiers Creek is one step closer to being developed.

At a public hearing Monday night, Crafton Council voted 4-2 to rezone the 14-acre patch of land in the Chartiers Creek valley area from light industrial to residential. Council members Dan Cindric and Heidi Munn dissented and council President Mike Crown abstained.

The designation still must be approved by Thornburg and Rosslyn Farms. It would allow developer Greicon Construction to build 40 single-family homes on the land.

The councils of Crafton, Rosslyn Farms and Thornburg held a joint public hearing last night to consider the rezoning request. Rosslyn Farms and Thornburg council members had to leave the meeting and did not vote on the request. Thornburg is to vote Jan. 5.

The property starts between Ewing Road, Chartiers Creek, Lincoln Street and the Crafton-Ingram-Thornburg baseball fields.

The joint planning commission last month recommended that the land be rezoned to a single family residential district, rather than a multifamily district.

In a contract between Greicon and former land owners Jack and Phyllis Duncan, the developer is limited to building single-family homes.

Cindric said in an ideal world, there wouldn't be any kind of development in the valley area.

"The land is needed for green space. It's often used for storm water retention. It's needed for recreation space," Cindric said.

"We need more in a community than just houses," he added.

All recommendations made by the joint planning commission have been approved by the joint councils, Cindric said.

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