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City Council postpones Meadowbrooke decision

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The embattled Meadowbrooke subdivision is on hold for another two weeks while Gahanna City Council seeks answers to more questions raised by residents.

Developer Doug Maddy's Brookewood Construction Co., Inc. has proposed the subdivision with 15 residential lots at 5593 Havens Corners Road.

Neighbors to the proposed development showed a united front during the June 3 council meeting, citing too much density as one of the main reasons to deny the rezoning.

The current zoning is limited-overlay, single-family residential, and the proposed rezoning is the same, but with changes to the limited-overlay and development plan.

The property was zoned in late 2006 to residential-overlay district to permit a nine-lot, single-family subdivision with a preservation-zone setback area.

Havens Corners resident Rod Wilcox said he has lived at his home since 1980.

"I've seen Havens Corners go from farm county to someone has to stop to let me out of my driveway," he said.

Wilcox said his main concern is the density.

"I'm a lawyer, and I've represented developments," he said. "The developer said he can't make it economically (with nine lots). That's his problem. He doesn't have to screw up the whole neighborhood. It will be a mess. I can't do anything, but you can do a lot by denying the request."

Resident Jack Schmidt said he has more questions than answers concerning the proposed development.

"Have we done a study what runoff does to wildlife?" he said. "Have we seen what a flooded stream does to nesting ducks?"

He asked if the city is trying to increase the builder's yield or provide a better quality of life for residents.

Ashley Court resident Ben Anders said the proposed plan is the same one proposed two years ago.

"I see little change in the plan," he said. "Council asked good questions (at last week's committee meeting). I was surprised there weren't questions about density. The bottom line is, there's an existing home sold two years ago on a lot four times the size these will be on. To me, it doesn't fit."

Ashley Court resident Christie Nickell said the proposal is a 70-percent increase in density.

"You gave them nine lots seven years ago," she said. "Nine lots is the correct number for this property. We want well-planned, responsible development. We want elected officials to protect us."

Council member Beryl Anderson requested the legislation be postponed to June 17 so council committee could have more discussion June 10.

"Several great points were made by citizens who came tonight," she said. "I think there are points that need flushed out. I think there are points in addition to density that need to be flushed out further."

Council president Stephen Renner said it's always good to flush out any questions, but he cautioned that there might not be enough time to gather information by June 17.

He said environmental and economic studies take months.

"We can go back and review but be cautionary," Renner said.

The Gahanna Planning Commission gave several stipulations upon approval of the zoning request April 10, including that the applicant pay the cost of building sidewalks from Grand Ridge Court to Farm Creek Drive, the home on Lot 1 be built with two-sided architecture so the north side would look like the front of the residence; and the deed restrictions and overlay texts be amended to give the city the ability to mitigate or repair any stormwater measures.

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