The vote to approve code and rezoning for the Bridge Street corridor was delayed this week in favor of more information.

The vote to approve code and rezoning for the Bridge Street corridor was delayed this week in favor of more information.

Dublin City Council on Feb. 27 delayed the vote on the code until the March 12 meeting and the rezoning for even later so staff members could gather information on various questions and concerns.

Dublin began work on redevelopment plans for the city's core that runs along state Route 161, from Sawmill Road to the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 interchange. Plans envision a mixed-use, walkable urban-style environment.

Council spent the lion's share of the Feb. 27 council meeting talking about two different approval processes for development within the Bridge Street corridor - one recommended by staff and one recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

According to Steve Langworthy, director of land use and long-range planning, commission members recommended a process that begins with a pre-application for development reviewed by the administrative review team (ART) and then a basic plan review.

"The basic plan review goes to ART; then their recommendation goes to planning and zoning the next week," Langworthy said. "That is the public review process."

The Planning and Zoning Commission would review the basic plan and decide whether the development and site-plan review should go to the ART or return to the commission.

After the development and site plan are completed, the application must be approved or rejected or an extension must be agreed upon by the developer and city, Langworthy said.

If the development is approved, the permitting process may begin.

If the process goes smoothly, Langworthy said, it should take about 70 days to complete.

The approval process recommended by staff has the same steps but includes the Planning and Zoning Commission in only the basic plan review. The ART, which includes city staff from the building and zoning departments, among others, reviews the other steps.

If the application involves any waiver requests, those would go before the commission, Langworthy said.

The staff-recommended process also would take about 70 days and end with approval, disapproval or an extension.

Attorney Ben Hale voiced his support for the plan. "I have a number of clients who are property owners in the Bridge Street corridor. I have encouraged them to be supportive," he said, adding that the plans could bring exciting, creative development to Dublin.

When questioned by council, Hale said he was troubled by the approval process recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. He also voiced concerns about a restrictive waiver process.

"They will keep all the major cases," Hale said. "It will take more time."

Council member Cathy Boring motioned to delay the vote on the code and rezoning for the Bridge Street corridor.

"If I'm forced to vote tonight, I can't support it," she said, noting that she needs more time to study the approval processes and other information.

Other council members agreed, requesting information from staff on the appeals process, subjective code and other items.

The vote on the code is expected March 12, with rezoning delayed until April.