UNION — The City of Union has filed a petition to annex 189.66 acres of land in Butler Twp. City council voted to approve the annexation at Monday night’s meeting.
The property is directly north of the Dayton International Airport and bounded by Old Springfield Road on the south, Dog Leg Road on the west, County Line Road on the north, and Peters Pike on the east.
The annexation petition was signed by Richard P. and Debra L. Thies of Union and R.H. Oaks Farms, LLC and represented by Manager Richard L. Oaks.
“Eventually this area will be rezoned to light industrial,” said John Applegate, city manager.
City council adopted the ordinance related to the annexation as an emergency in order to file the annexation within the time provided by law.
Butler Township Administrator Kim Lapensee announced the annexation to Butler Township Trustees at Monday’s regular meeting, saying she had just received the document on Monday.
“Obviously we are disappointed,” said Lapensee. “We have been trying to keep Butler Township intact for some time and the City of Union seems to be on a mission to destroy Butler Township. Unfortunately, there’s nothing the township can do about it because state law favors the City of Union.”
Union would provide fire and emergency medical services to the annexed area as well as police services, street maintenance, ice and snow removal, storm water utility maintenance and zoning. If zoning permit uses in the annexed territory are deemed clearly incompatible with uses permitted under applicable township zoning regulations in effect at the time the annexation request was filed, then the city would require that the owner of annexed territory provide a buffer separating the use of annexed territory from land remaining in the township. The landscape buffer may include open space, landscaping, fences, walls, and other structural elements, streets and street right-of-way, or bicycle and pedestrian paths and sidewalks.
Ever since the development of the Proctor & Gamble distribution facility nearby, other major corporations have shown a strong interest in locating in the same area. This annexation would clear the way for more development and increased job growth.
(Vandalia Drummer-News Editor Darrell Wacker contributed to this report).