Aurora voters favor zoning issue, school renewal levy

By Ken Lahmers Aurora Advocate Editor Published:

Voters in the May 6 primary election were overwhelmingly in favor of creating a multi-use zoning district for some 550 acres in the northern part of Aurora, while a 1.5-mill permanent improvements renewal levy for the schools was passing as of late Tuesday night.

Issue 11, Aurora's multi-use zoning issue, won 2,319 to 528, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections.

The acreage where the multi-use district would be created is mostly between S.R. 43 and S.R. 306, and includes about 322 acres of former Geauga Lake Park land.

Officials believe the new district would spur development, allowing developers to build homes and locate offices and businesses of a retail, dining, amusement and recreation nature on the property. Some of the land previously was zoned industrial.

Also on the Aurora ballot, Issue 3, the schools renewal levy, won 1,876 to 1,020. The permanent improvements renewal levy would keep about $707,000 per year flowing into the district to pay for various projects, plus would continue to pay off Leighton School debt. A permanent improvement is anything that lasts five years or more.

The levy would continue to cost the owner of a property valued at $100,000 about $37 per year.

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