A workshop to revise plans for the Meadowbrooke subdivision, 5593 Havens Corners Road, has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Gahanna City Hall.

A workshop to revise plans for the Meadowbrooke subdivision, 5593 Havens Corners Road, has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at Gahanna City Hall.

At the request of applicant Brookewood Construction Co., a workshop continuance has been rescheduled from Jan. 19.

Planning members still took time during a workshop last week to discuss the proposal, asking that planning and zoning administrator Bonnie Gard give Brookewood even more guidance.

David Hodge, representing Brookewood, had requested a variance to allow an increase in overall residential density from 9 to 15 lots; zoning 4.7 acres Residential Overlay District/Single Family, and dedicating 1.297 acres of parkland.

During a Jan. 5 workshop, commission chairperson Kristen Rosen asked the developer to fine-tune issues with Mifflin Township Fire Department, including access, and the possibility of reworking a proposed private drive. She also asked that lots seven through 10 be reconfigured and requested further consultation with the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District

Neighbors have expressed concerns about density, traffic, stormwater and the effect on Rocky Fork Creek.

Commission member David Andrews said he walked the property. He noted that residents have spent thousands of their own dollars trying to address erosion problems.

"My gist of the whole thing is that they (neighbors) are not happy with (any) homes, but they can live with nine homes," he said.

The commission wants engineer Jim Watkins to return to explain the movement of water.

"We need him to be more specific so we understand how it's going to solve the problem," said commission member Jennifer Price.

Commissioner David Thom said he wants to know whether the city promised residents help with erosion problems.

"If the city was going to do something, what was it and why wasn't it done?" Thom asked.

Rosan said remembers the condition of the creek being on the city's radar screen.

"I live along the stream near the preserve," she said. "Several of my neighbors added white rock. It's clear it's eroding. It's not an issue just for these residents."

Price said the Meadowbrooke development has brought "huge issues" to the commission's attention.

"There needs to be a multi-pronged approach to solving issues," she said. "There seems to be a big need for education, and a need to address problems from multiple angles."

Commissioner Bob Westwood said residents should expect flooding if they purchase a house that abuts a stream.

"If you buy it, you live with it," he said. "I look at it as progress. I don't see how five to 15 houses are going to change this area."

Andrews said the proposed Meadowbrooke is on a beautiful piece of property, with trees and a beautiful stream.

"I find it hard to believe they can't develop it with higher-priced homes," he said.

Even with the poor economy, Andrews said, people still are buying homes in the $400,000-plus range.

"Their whole reason for coming in was the economy," Thom said.

He doesn't see the homes' prices making that big of a difference.

Hodge previously told the commission that more lots are being proposed to make it a more economically viable project. The average home would be 2,500 square feet and sell between $250,000 and $275,000, he said.

Gard told the developer the city is seeing housing permits in the $400,000-$600,000 price range.

"We're not seeing the lower end of houses being built," she said. "He was aware that was a concern."

Gard said Brookewood would submit new plans for the development.

The commission also postponed a workshop for Christian Meeting Room Inc., 5990 Taylor Road, to Feb. 16 at the applicant's request.

Deputy development director Anthony Jones told the commission that one of his department's goals is to make the planning process as efficient and relevant as possible.

"Every quarter we're going through 10 sections of the planning code," he said.

He asked the commission to review modifications with him and provide any feedback by Feb. 16.

The commission last week also continued reviewing proposed code changes to the Olde Gahanna Downtown District.

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