CHARDON — The Planning Commission on Monday granted preliminary approval to Sommers Development Group for its Thistlecreek Development, a 31-unit detached single-family home planned residential subdivision.

The planned residential subdivision comprises 20.78 acres located on the north side of North Hambden Street, about 180 feet west of Grant Street near King Kone.

Home sites will have a smaller footprint and range in size from around 1,400 to 2,400 square feet, commission members said, disturbing less land area and preserving important natural features such as woodland areas and creeks. Plans call for walking trails, benches and exercise areas.

Developer Greg Sommers said this will be a great addition to the city. “We are looking forward to getting started,” Mr. Sommers said. “I think it will be a great addition to the city.”

In other business, the commission approved applicant Stacey Kaster’s request to remodel a 1,036-square-foot non-conforming commercial building. The improvements include parking lot work, grading, drainage and exterior remodeling to the property at 206 Center St.

The commission also approved the City of Chardon’s plan approval request for infill sidewalks along South Hambden Street. The improvements include new sidewalk installation on the south side of the road from South Hambden heading east to 12519 Chardon-Windsor Road near Mel Harder Park, and on the north side of the street along the Chardon Christian Fellowship Church property.

The commission had an informal discussion with Chardon property owner Rollin Cooke to discuss the possibility of a variance for a used car dealership at his former gas station located at 400 Water St.

Before developing plans for the project, Mr. Cooke wanted to get the commission’s feedback and the possible stipulations that may be required.

“I would like to put a car lot in there with approximately 20 to 30 cars,” Mr. Cooke said. “My goal is to bring some nice decent cars to market in the $5,000 to $12,000 range.”

Discussions included the possible removal of fuel tanks from the gas station, removal of the gas pumps and canopy, potentially narrowing aprons on the property to allow normal access, landscaping, signage requirements and limits on the number of vehicles allowed on the property.

The next Chardon Planning Commission Meeting is Aug. 17.

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