Martinsville commission turns down ‘children’s ranch’

Martinsville’s plan commission voted unanimously Tuesday to reject a proposal to rezone 133 acres from agricultural to planned-use status in order to clear the way for what developers Stephen Rosenbaum and Diana and James Tiffany said would be a ranch to serve children with autism and low IQs.

Residents who packed city hall complained that the developers presented skimpy, misleading and insulting information, and city officials said the developers hadn’t followed through on their suggestion to discuss the proposal with other officials in the area, according to the Reporter-Times of Martinsville.

Rosenbaum said he probably won’t pursue the idea with the city council.

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