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'Oaks' developments highlight growth in Buffalo Township

| Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

After years of planning, Buffalo Township supervisors gave final-stage approval to a new housing development and lowered the bond for another development.

The supervisors adopted two streets in the Oaks Plan and recalculated the bond for the Twin Oaks Plan, developed by the John Allen family.

The Oaks Plan streets are Julia Road and Ingrid Court, part of the 42-lot development along Grimm Road between Bear Creek and Monroe roads

Palm Properties already has developed several homes, and more are on the way.

Next up will be painting and stenciling the Oaks Plan stormwater drains around 10 a.m. Oct. 7.

Butler County has offered help with supplies by way of a grant designed for identifying and educating residents of stormwater disposal efforts by municipalities.

Volunteers such as Scouts or other youth groups are welcome to help out.

The other housing development, Twin Oaks, had its developmental bond reduced by supervisors.

Township engineer Ken Howard and other township officials inspected the 98-lot development recently and determined that the bond should be reduced because of progress made in excavation, clearing and grubbing, along with responsible erosion and sediment controls.

The bond has been reduced to a little more than $133,000. The Twin Oaks Plan is located along Route 228 and Hepler Road. The two developments acted on Wednesday come on the heels of earlier housing developments such as the Ridgeview Estates located off Reimer Road and the Chesterfield Estates off Sarver Road.

The population of Buffalo Township after the 2010 census was 7,310.

Township officials feel that with more than 200 homes recently built or on the way, with an average of four persons per household, the population will eclipse the 8,000 mark by the time the 2020 census rolls around.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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