Bexley City Council has scheduled two public hearings as part of the process to amend the campus planning district that includes Capital University.

Bexley City Council has scheduled two public hearings as part of the process to amend the campus planning district that includes Capital University.

The public hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, during city council's zoning and development committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. and council's regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Bexley development director Bruce Langner said Capital wants to rezone 14 parcels from high-density residential to campus planning district. The parcels are west of Sheridan Avenue, north of Astor Avenue and south of Mound Street.

"They don't own all the parcels in that strip," Langner said of the university. "They are only requesting rezoning in the ones that they own."

Langner said the campus planning district was put in place about four years ago. It includes dormitories, athletic fields, student activity centers and classrooms -- or anything that would be allowed on a college campus.

Rezoning the parcels is consistent with the city's southwestern plan, which designates property in that section of Bexley for future campus use, Langner said.

The university would have to go through Bexley's planning process again if it wants to develop those parcels in the future, Langner said.

Bexley's planning commission signed off on current rezoning plans March 16.

Capital spokeswoman Nichole Johnson said several of the parcels include homes that university officials plan to maintain as rental properties for the foreseeable future.

According to a memorandum of understanding with the city of Bexley and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Capital has agreed to expand in that direction, Johnson said.

But she said the university is in a holding pattern until it can acquire the remaining properties in the campus planning district.

Capital doesn't have any planned uses for the properties, but thought it was a good time to move forward with the rezoning, Johnson said.

Once a specific use has been identified, Capital would have to return to the city of Bexley for project review, Johnson said.

The parcels are located at 651, 657, 663, 675, 701, 707, 727, 735 and 741 Sheridan Avenue and 2130 Astor Avenue.

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