The Troy Planning Commission approved a preliminary plan for two additional sections of the Nottingham subdivision on land west of Piqua-Troy Road Nov. 11.
The proposal includes 51 building lots on 25.4 acres and a second access point to the neighborhood.

Jessica Minesinger of Minesinger Companies proposed the project. The land was rezoned earlier this year from A-R Agricultural Residential to R-3 Single Family Residential.

The minimum lot size would be 12,000 square feet.

The commission heard a brief discussion on a construction/emergency access road from Piqua-Troy Road onto the property.

Fire Chief Matt Simmons said the proposed gravel drive would be able to handle emergency vehicles that would respond to the area, if needed. Use of the emergency road would reduce the mileage for vehicles responding from the nearby fire station, he said.

The road would be paved later in the development process, probably in mid-2017, said Tim Davis of the city planning staff.

The commission approval was contingent on the city Park Board approving the developer’s request to pay fees in lieu of parkland or other open space in the two sections.

Minesinger told the commission the additional two sections would have the same covenants and restrictions as the original Nottingham subdivision. “It should be a seamless transition,” she said. “It will look like it was always meant to be part of the neighborhood.”

The commission voted 6-0 with one abstention to approve the plan. Patrick Titterington, city service and safety director who sits on the commission, said he abstained because he lives in the neighborhood.

In other business last week, the commission approved a request for a columbarium proposed for the courtyard of the First Presbyterian Church at 20 S. Walnut St.

Church pastor, the Rev. Richard Culp, said the columbarium would have 72 niches, which could hold two containers of cremains each for a possible total of 144 burials.

Davis said the request was reviewed with the city law director, who found the columbarium would be compatible with a church zoning use. The church would need to receive other approvals through the state, Davis said.

Asked if cremains of pets would be allowed in the columbarium, Culp said the use policy would allow only human cremains.

Also approved by the commission was a request by William and Kelly Boyd to install solar panels on their Brook Park Drive house. Commission approval was required because the panels would be visible from the public right of way, the commission was told.

The commission also approved two requests for the building at 121 Public Square Northeast. The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County owns the building.

Work on the building is being paid for using city block grant money and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office has approved plans, the commission was told.
The work proposed includes renovation of the first floor storefront and painting.

Also approved were two additional wall sign for the building at 322 W. Main St.