The Millcreek Township trustees met with the township zoning commission and architect Frank Elmer on July 17 to discuss the proposed Bayly Pointe development.

The Millcreek Township trustees met with the township zoning commission and architect Frank Elmer on July 17 to discuss the proposed Bayly Pointe development.

Bayly Pointe is a mixed-use development proposed for Jerome and Millcreek townships, northwest of U.S. Route 33 and U.S. Route 42. Elmer, an architect with Lincoln Street Studio of Columbus, was hired as a consultant. His job is to help the township better articulate its goals to developers Glacier West Group and Forest City Land Group, which did not attend the session.

Following a two-hour discussion with Elmer, the trustees and zoning commission decided they want a plan that is more distinctive than the current proposal.

Trustee Marian Jacques said the current plan is not enough to lure potential residents and consumers.

"We want something that makes it stand out that really appeals to people and they say, 'That's where I want to be,'" she said.

Trustees and zoning commissioners favor giving the development more of a "town center" feel. The term "a sense of place" was used frequently. Other points include making the town center a place conducive to walking that is close to high-density housing while preserving a great deal of open space.

Jacques said specific details were "still being explored."

"Tonight, I think we've come up with an idea that might be unique and award-winning," zoning commission member Freeman Troyer said. "I think 'unique' and 'award-winning' is what we've been after the whole time. And I think we've finally seen some results."

Elmer said he was pleased with the meeting.

"I think it's extraordinary when the township zoning board gets together with the trustees to talk about issues they're jointly concerned about with the township," Elmer said. "It doesn't happen a lot and I think it's great. I enjoyed the meeting. And the purpose of the meeting tonight was to find out what was on their minds, and I think I did."

Trustee Keith Conroy said the trustees and zoning commission have been meeting since last fall to discuss the Bayly Pointe development.

Jill Tangeman, the township's attorney for this project, will meet with Elmer and the developers to discuss what's next.

A continuation of the public hearing will be 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Millcreek Township Hall, 10420 Watkins Road.

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