Gahanna's Planning Commission will continue studying proposed zoning and variances changes for the Meadowbrook subdivision, 5593 Havens Corners Road, during a Jan. 5 workshop set for 6:45 p.m.

Gahanna's Planning Commission will continue studying proposed zoning and variances changes for the Meadowbrook subdivision, 5593 Havens Corners Road, during a Jan. 5 workshop set for 6:45 p.m.

Surrounding property owners attended the commission's meeting Dec. 15 to express concerns about density, traffic, storm water and the effect on Rocky Fork Creek.

David Hodge, representing applicant Brookwood Construction, said the proposal involves simply increasing the number of lots from nine to 15.

The property previously was rezoned in late 2006 to residential-overlay district (ROD) to permit a nine-lot single-family residential subdivision with a preservation-zone setback area.

"It's an adjustment of the lot lines to provide six more lots," he said. "This will bring and deliver a product that sells houses in the city."

The increase in the number of lots also would increase the density from 1.9 to 3.1 lots per acre, and an additional private drive would serve lots 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Hodge said the average home would be 2,500 square feet and would sell for $250,000.

Ashley Court resident Christie Nickell said each of the surrounding homes sits on nearly one-half-acre lots, and they're roughly 20,000 square feet.

"This is not in context with the area," she said.

"The proposed development will fill in a beautiful pond, as well as change the typography of a natural ravine behind the existing houses to build another four houses, which is contrary to the requirements of ROD," Nickell said.

Resident Rod Wilcox said he's concerned about runoff and traffic on Havens Corners Road.

"You can't get out in the morning because traffic is backed up from Taylor Station to the school," he said. "It makes no sense whatsoever to have more traffic on Havens Corners Road."

Harvest Ridge Court resident Ed Francis said he doesn't want to see a subdivision in his backyard. He said he also has issues with water runoff and the additional traffic the subdivision would generate.

Hodge said many of the concerns raised by surrounding property owners already exist, like traffic.

"With storm water the way it's engineered, less water will go into the stream," he said. "This will be a quality subdivision."

Hodge said the nine-lot subdivision previously was "hashed" and "hashed."

"It's zoned for nine lots, and we're asking to move lot lines around to build a few more houses," he said.

Commission member David Thom asked how an increase in lots would affect storm water and if filling in the existing pond would help the area.

City engineer Karl Wetherholt said the existing pond provides no stormwater quality function.

"Removal of the pond would be less of a maintenance problem for potential homeowners," he said. "Stormwater plans would need to be revised to reflect increased pervious areas."

In preparing for the workshop, commissioner Kristin Rosan requested that the applicant bring a stormwater-management plan and a possible traffic study to see if nine or 15 homes would make any difference.

In other action Dec. 15, the commission rejected a conditional-use application to temporarily allow two storage containers in the rear parking lot at 62 Mill St.

A certificate of appropriateness was approved for signs at the Gahanna Crossing Shopping Center, 210-259 Granville St.

The commission also scheduled a Jan. 19 workshop to consider a request by Christian Meeting Room Inc. to rezone 0.315 acre at 5990 Taylor Road from single-family residential to restricted institutional district.