Zoning wars in Jackson Township, residents angry

Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 18:37:14-04

Zoning has Jackson Township residents fired up.

People in Jackson Township told they believed their trustees let them down, so they took matters into their own hands and got their zoning issue up for a vote. They're fighting a builder's proposal to build apartments and condominiums in a single-family home neighborhood. It's issue 6 on the ballot Tuesday.

Mike Warren, Chairman of the Jackson Citizen Action Committee, said it's all about development. 

Warren said it all started with a couple hundred people, who don't want to see apartments and condo complexes developed in their neighborhood. 

"People move to Jackson Township because they like the fact that it's rural, residential and single family. They like the fact that you don't have 173 units in your backyard," he said. 

Don DeVille, the owner of DeVille Apartments and Builders, wanted to build apartments and condominiums on the property. 

"The need for it is absolutely documented, not only for multi-family housing, but the single-family housing," DeVille said 

Jackson Township was ready to move forward with DeVille's plan, but Mike Warren said strong opposition put a fork in the road.

"People who lived all the way in the other corner of the township are as we are," Warren said.

The committee got more than 2,000 signatures on a petition against the development and that got it on the ballot.

Now voters will decide.

Yes- condos and apartments will be built.
No- the plan won't be approved. 

DeVille said he believed the land will be developed, at some point, regardless of the vote.

"That property will be developed. It will be developed," DeVille said.