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In the 2014 South Kenton survey, 90% (900 people) said they wanted our community to maintain its rural character. Present zoning allows homes to be built on 1-acre lots. This means that a 75-acre tract of land could have close to 50 homes on it. This would be similar to development in a suburban area. South Kenton County Citizen Group wants to know if people are satisfied with 1-acre minimum zoning, or if you would like to see a change in zoning to require policies with lower density in residential housing.
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South Kenton is not likely to have sewer systems and storm drains for a long time. Homes with septic systems usually need at least 1 acre but can require more depending on the soil and terrain. If a septic system fails and lines need to be replaced, having larger lots allows for new lines without the expense of digging up the old lines. Once lines are approved and in place it is up to the homeowner to monitor and repair any failures.
Traditional housing developments mean lots of rooftops, concrete driveways and roads that will need to shed water (rainfall that could usually soak into the ground). Trees and vegetation are natural filters for pollutants. Watersheds and underground aquifers provide the lifeblood of agriculture. Keeping trees and vegetation and working with the natural terrain minimizes run-off. Less dense housing developments translates into less disturbance of landscape, trees, and vegetation.
A high rise in population creates issues for increased traffic on rural roads, increased needs for police, fire, and schools, and demand on County revenues to meet those needs.
Research by the South Kenton County Citizens Group's zoning committee leads us to believe that marketing our area as a place for those who want peace, quiet, and some elbow room could be a plus for those who want to sell their land. Historically, South Kenton has not experienced many residential developments because of lack of sewers, remoteness, and our road system. South Kenton can offer larger lots to the custom housing market. A change in zoning would give someone who moves to the country some assurance that a subdivision is not going to spring up next to them.
The following tables give prices for lots sold in July of 2015. Of course, location and quality of the land will always affect value. These examples are meant to provide samples of selling prices for land suitable for single homes with larger lots and sample prices for large tracts suitable for more traditional housing developments.
July 28, 2015
Route 17 South, Madison Park
Route 17, Madison Park, 1 mile from Corner Mart in Piner
DeCoursey near St. Mary’s Road
Stephenson Road (off Bracht-Piner)
Minimum one-acre zoning allows for traditional suburban type housing developments. Landowners who want to develop businesses such as you-pick crops, reception venues, or bed and breakfasts rely on the beauty of the countryside to promote their business. People who move from the city or suburbs to a housing development in the country might find living next to the noise and smells of a farm unpleasant, and conflicts have arisen between farmers and home owners. This has happened often enough that Right to Farm legislation has been passed. However, the farmer may still experience lawsuits and complaints from neighbors who didn’t know what to expect when they “moved to the country.”
This task committee has been addressing the following Recommendations Directions from 2030:
Questions on the 2016 survey are designed to gauge public opinions on the following initiatives. Agricultural Economy and Heritage Task Committee has identified two focal points for the county to help the Rural Area promote economic growth through agricultural opportunities: