Canfield trustees OK zone change

CANFIELD -- Township trustees approved a zone change for a development of upscale homes off U.S. Route 224.
Called Abbey Road, the development plan includes 62 homes on 18 acres. Trustees, in a 2-0 vote Monday, approved the zone change from residential to planned unit development. Trustee Judy Bayus was absent during the zone change meeting, which took place before the trustees' regular meeting.
The vote was for the zone change only, and does not approve developer KPZ Inc.'s actual plan. The plan will be reviewed by the township zoning panel, which will make a recommendation to trustees. Trustees will have final say over the plan.
Trustees Chairman William Reese said he found one problem with the plan that he wants the developer to address: The development has only one exit, from Summit Road to Route 224.
He said that with 62 homes in the development, one exit is not enough."It's an accident waiting to happen," he said.
"I urged the developer to develop another way out -- to the east, west or south," he said.
In a planned unit development, more houses are built on less acreage. At the Abbey Road development, named after a Beatles theme, houses would start at around $230,000.

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