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Warren County OKs new 1,400 acre planned community

The Warren County Board of Commissioners this morning approved rezoning for the 1,430 acre Union Village community, to include as many as 4,500 homes, retail centers, offices, hospital facilities and an arts center on land outside Lebanon, Otterbein’s original retirement campus.

The board voted 2-0 to approve a planned unit development committing 93.4 acres for a sports complex to be operated by the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Commissioner Tom Ariss abstained from the vote because he is also on the Otterbein board.

No land or funding was set aside for schools, but officials said this would be included as Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices obtained $40 million in public financing for a 250-acre first phase, including establishment of a community authority for the new development.

“We move forward to the next hurdle,” said Gary Horning, vice president for marketing and communications at Otterbein. “This is going to be a slow and methodical process.”