Lebanon-area land use planned

October 30, 2018 by  

A number of Warren County officials and residents recently began the planning process to decide what to do with an area of 25 square miles lying to the east of Lebanon.

Called the Eastern Turtlecreek Plan, the effort will outline the preferred commercial development, open spaces, roads, and preferred land use for the 16,000 acres under study. Today, most of the land is devoted to farming.

Jon Sams, a trustee for Turtlecreek Township, said the area comprised a good deal of prime land, which gives the township the chance to be part of the region’s development, and still enjoy the things that make living in the area desirable. Officials dealing with matters like this can use brochure printing to illustrate the kind of development they foresee in the region.

The acreage under consideration includes Union Village, a planned community that covers 1,400 acres and is now under construction west of Lebanon; and the Warren County Sports Park. Fruit farms, the YMCA installation Camp Kern, and parks are also part of the land under consideration.

Regional staffers met with a citizens’ committee recently to get their input in shaping the plan, which they hope to have approved by county commissioners and township trustees in 18 months. Officials are hearing from both those who would like to sell their land to developers, and others who hope the area retains its rural character. People are encouraged to make their thoughts known to officials.