Kettering Planning Commission votes to subdivide Kettering Triangle Center


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Kettering, Ohio - The Kettering Planning Commission met on October 18, 2021, to consider an application by Thomas K. Marsh of McDougall-Marsh Land Surveyors for a lot split at 1942-1950 E. Stroop Road in Kettering.

The property is commonly known in Kettering as the Kettering Triangle Center. The land that McDougall-Marsh wants to split is bordered by E. Stroop Road, Woodman Drive, and Wilmington Pike.

The total parcel is slightly more than 9 acres. Kettering says that the property is mixed-use but is zoned “Business”. The property has several businesses including Steak Thyme Subs, Designer Nails, Super Cuts, NexGen Vapors, Orient Spa, Check Smart, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Ace Hardware, Lee’s Famous Chicken, 2 car rental agencies, a gas station, and a bank ATM.

The lot-split application asks to divide the single 9-acre parcel into 4 new parcels of varying sizes. The subdivision would create one vacant lot, but the remaining 3 parcels would encompass the buildings currently in place on the land.

City staff reviewed the lot-split application under the Kettering Subdivision Ordinance. Staff concluded that the proposal complied with the Ordinance requirements, except for some minor technical details. Staff found that there was a “temporary” stamp over a signature block that would need to be removed. In addition, Staff found that the documents stated that the City of Kettering had an ownership interest in the land. However, staff concluded that Kettering did not have any ownership interest in the property. Staff recommended that the statement be altered to read that the City only owned right-of-way interests.

Staff also indicated that typically when a parcel borders a roadway, the roadways are dedicated as a right-of-way. However, in this case, the land for E. Stroop Road, Woodman Drive, and Wilmington Pike bordering the Triangle Center is actually owned by the City. In the past, when this type of situation has occurred, the City changes the designation for land adjoining subdivided land from City-owned property to a right-of-way. So, City staff asked that this lot-split plan be modified to reflect the designation of the street land as a right-of-way. Staff recommended that this process be completed to the satisfaction of the City Engineer.

Ultimately staff recommended approval of “The Record Plan”. There was no applicant or public testimony presented on the proposal. The Planning Commission approved the proposal on a unanimous 5-0 vote.

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