Cathy Boring will soon have more free time on Monday nights.

Cathy Boring will soon have more free time on Monday nights.

The long-time Dublin City councilwoman this week announced she will retire from council at the end of the year.

"After 20 years, I'm going to retire at the end of the year," Boring announced at the April 22 council meeting.

Boring serves as Ward One representative on the council, which covers Dublin from Sawmill Road to Muirfield Village. Her current term is up at the end of the year.

Boring has served five consecutive terms on Dublin City Council since 1994.

After 20 years serving Dublin, Boring said she's at peace with her decision.

"I feel very good about the direction I've received," she said.

Other Dublin City Council seats up for election this year include the seats of Mayor Tim Lecklider, Ward Four representative; Vice Mayor Amy Salay, Ward Two representative; and John Reiner, Ward Three representative.

No announcements have come from current council members on whether or not they will run for re-election in the fall.

Other matters

In other city news, council members unanimously approved rezoning and a preliminary development plan for a new 45-home subdivision south of Ballantrae.

The approved rezoning took to 26.5 acres that sits south of Ballantrae, east of the Woods of Ballantrae, north of Rings Road and west of the Northwest Chapel and Hilliard's Washington Elementary School, from rural and restricted suburban residential district to planned unit development zoning.

The subdivision, to be named Links at Ballantrae, will be developed by MI Homes and include 45 single-family homes.

After concern from council members at the first reading, a requirement for three-car garages on 50 percent of the homes was removed from the preliminary development plan.

Ben Hale, the attorney representing MI Homes, said all the lots will be able to take three-car garages, but now it will be up to the homeowner.

Council members expressed concerns about financial feasibility of requiring so many three-car garages.

Concerns were also address regarding a home adjacent to the proposed development.

David Patch, whose mother lives next to the development, asked council to consider providing water and sewer to the property.

City Engineer Paul Hammersmith said the city could require MI Homes to build a water and sewer line extension that the Patch property could tap into as part of the infrastructure for the area. It would cost the Patch family $10,000 to $12,000 to tap into the line, though, he said.

Hale also said MI Homes is willing to work with the Patch family on landscaping between the new development and current home.

"MI has been willing to work with me," Patch said.

The proposed Link at Ballantrae will next need to obtain final development plan approval before beginning construction.