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      Tougher standards approved for future Airport Highway developments

      <font size="3">New zoning rules will only apply to land that is currently zoned for commercial and industrial use, not residential.</font>

      Monday night, the three Springfield Township trustees unanimously approved tougher zoning standards for future development along Airport Highway.

      The new standards will apply to any new developments or major renovations to buildings within 1,000 feet of Airport Highway between Holland-Sylvania Road and Holloway Road, including the Spring Meadows shopping plaza. The tougher zoning rules will require new developments to meet certain architectural criteria and include more landscaping.

      Springfield Township leaders said they want to gradually reduce the number of parking spaces and increase the amount of green space in the area. They also want to expand options for pedestrians and bicycle riders. The goal of the new rules is to keep the Airport Highway corridor fresh and modern with new investment in the years to come.

      ??Instead of simply sitting idle, sitting back and accepting any kind of development that comes our way, township wants to be proactive and attract high quality development,?? according to Jacob Barnes, a Springfield Township zoning inspector.

      Some residents expressed concern about how the new rules may impact their neighborhoods, but trustees told them the new zoning rules will only apply to land that is currently zoned for commercial and industrial use, not residential.

      The zoning code will also not apply to current businesses unless they plan on doing a major renovation. Any changes to the already highly-developed area will be gradual.