BUTLER TWP. — The Butler Township Trustees took the unusual step of cooperating with an annexation application during a special meeting on Friday.
The annexation application is for just over 159 acres of land just west of the Dayton International Airport along Dog Leg Road. The property is currently surrounded on three sides by land annexed by the City of Union and the Trustees were not shy in stating their intentions were to keep Union from annexing the property.
“The City of Dayton has been a much friendlier neighbor that the City of Union,” said Trustee Nick Brusky.
The land sits in a Joint Economic Development Zone (JEDD) that currently exists between Dayton and Butler Township. Trustee Mike Lang said there was concern what affect that an annexation by Union would have on the JEDD.
“If Union were to annex the land, the JEDD would likely be litigated,” said Lang. “Cooperating with this annexation blocks Union so Dayton and the Township have more say in what happens there.”
All three Trustees were in agreement that the property would eventually be annexed. The only question was by whom.
“That land is going to be annexed one way or another,” said Lang. “This allows the JEDD to stay in place and gives us the opportunity to partner with the City of Dayton.”
The Trustees said that Dayton’s annexation petition will be heard by the Montgomery County Commissioners next week, hence the reason the issue was discussed during Friday’s special meeting. It does not appear that any development is imminent on the land.
“At this point, it is my understanding there are no plans for the property,” said Trustee Joe Flanagan.
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