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Jan312012

Resolution 99-37

 
    WHEREAS, the Village Council of the Village of
Granville, Ohio, would like to express its appreciation to
the Granville Exempted School District Board of Education,
the City of Newark and others for their efforts in reducing
some of the tax burden to Licking County caused by the M/I
Schottenstein development planned for the Keny property,
and;

    WHEREAS, the Village Council believes that we are
in
Licking County a "community of communities" which can and
should work together to ensure the overall highest possible
standard of living and quality of life for all county
residents, and;

    WHEREAS, the Village Council believes that
well-planned developments can and should enhance the
overall
standard of living and quality of life for Licking County
residents while providing profit to both landowners and
developers, and;

    WHEREAS, residential developments seriously and
negatively impact the budgets of a number of different
governmental entities (including, for example, budgets for
water and sewer extensions, water and sewer capacity,
potential fire station construction or expansion, fire and
emergency equipment additions and staffing, parks and
recreation facilities, schools, and increased road
construction and maintenance in both the community in which
the development resides as well as surrounding
communities),
and;

    WHEREAS, due to such significantly increased costs
developments such as the M/I Schottenstein Keny development
tend to reduce the overall standard of living and quality
of
life for Licking County residents by shifting the burden of
new developments onto taxpayers who have lived here for
years, and;

    WHEREAS, the Village Council accepts the proposed
Newark/Granville Community Authority for the M/I
Schottenstein development on the Keny property as it for a
period of time partially addresses the budget impact of
that
development on a key governmental entity, and;

    WHEREAS, for future developments the Village
Council
believes the overall Licking County community would benefit
from an initiative which would cover the needs of all the
impacted communities and of all the impacted governmental
budgets so that existing Licking County taxpayers will not
be left funding any developments beyond the M/I
Schottenstein Keny development, and;

    NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Council of
Granville, Ohio, that:

 Section  I:    All governmental units in the community
should join together and set minimum standards and
requirements which prospective developers must meet in
order
to develop property within the area.  The standards would
be
designed to ensure that existing Licking County taxpayers
are not left funding future developers.  These standards
should include provisions for fully covering costs of
education, water and sewer extension, water and sewer
capacity, roadways and other transportation infrastructure,
fire and police station expansions, increased fire,
emergency and police staffing, open space to help maintain
property values, and recreation facilities.  Such a set of
minimum standards and requirements would help prevent
developers in the future from forcing the cost of their
development onto existing Licking County taxpayers by
playing one community in the area off another.

Section II:    All governmental units in the community
should develop a cooperative and mutually beneficial
process
for evaluation and approval of developments that impact
multiple governmental units within the overall community.   
This process would help ensure that the minimum standards
and requirements are fully implemented and that each
development enhances or maintains the overall standard of
living and quality of life for community residents, rather
than each development increasing notch-by-notch the burden
on existing taxpayers in the overall community.

Section III:    This resolution shall take effect and be in
full force immediately upon passage.

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