During a special zoning hearing on Monday, Austintown trustees gave approval for the rezoning of properties in the development south of New Road and east of Raccoon Road from R-2 to R-1. It was the fifth development to get the rezoning geared at maintaining the integrity of single family neighborhoods in the township.
The area involved in the rezoning included properties on both sides of Selkirk Avenue, on the southeast side of Lancaster Drive, on the western end of Patricia Avenue, on both sides of the curve on Laurie Drive, the west half of Kerrybrook Drive and on the north side of Maureen Drive.
The properties in question had been zoned R-2, which allows for a duplex. Zoning inspector Darren Crivelli said the move prevents the purchase of a home that would be split into two rental dwellings. He said with the tough economy, some townships are experiencing this type of action. By rezoning the area as R-1, only single family homes can exist there.
"We are doing this to keep the integrity of the single family homes," he said.
The zone change request was presented to the Mahoning County Planning Commission on Nov. 22 and went before the Austintown Township Zoning Commission on Dec. 1. Both recommended the change.
At Monday's meeting, the trustees reviewed the recommendations and unanimously approved the zone change. Crivelli said the change won't go into effect for 30 days from Monday. He said it allows time for a challenge.