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From 14 lots to 13

New plan delays decision on Meadowbrooke

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A decision concerning the proposed Meadowbrooke subdivision at 5593 Havens Corners Road has been delayed again.

Council on June 17 voted to remand a proposed ordinance to the Gahanna Planning Commission.

Council clerk Isobel Sherwood said the action is a first, allowing the commission to look at a revised plan and text that reduces the plan to 13 lots.

Doug Maddy's Brookewood Construction Co. Inc. on June 10 decided to reduce the plan by one lot, eliminating what was Lot 8, to allow all of the lots to be wider.

After reviewing the new plan and text, Sherwood said, the commission will make a recommendation to council. No further public hearings will be held by the commission, which will consider the new plan during its June 26 meeting.

The proposal then will proceed to council's committee of the whole July 8.

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.

Resident Pam Francis asked council to revisit a 2006 study by the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District regarding the types of soil on the property. She said she's concerned about proposed rain gardens and stormwater runoff.

"I ask you to take a look at rain gardens and what type of soil they work in," Francis said.

In other discussion, resident Kate Kautz told council she's against canceling the July 4 fireworks and any future income-tax rate increase.

"Canceling the fireworks hurts civic pride, small children's expectations, family, neighbors' and friends' backyard gatherings, veterans' worthiness and America's founding fathers' aspirations for our nation," she said. "Canceling this year was a stop-gap move, like putting your finger in the dike. In a city trying to lure young families to its community, cancelling fireworks is a bad call."

Kautz said fiscal success would come to Gahanna through cutting wasteful spending and remaining a business-friendly city with one of the lowest remaining tax rates in central Ohio.

She said she would devote all of her efforts to defeating any future city income-tax rate increase.

Mayor Becky Stinchcomb has said it's regrettable that some residents see the cancellation of the fireworks as retaliatory for May's failed income-tax measure.

She said she's working toward sustainability for the city's future. She also has said the most cherished tradition in Gahanna and what makes Gahanna special is the Lions Club July 4 parade and that continues.

Several presentations also were held during the council meeting.

Council member Beryl Anderson presented resolutions to honor and commend John Mackenzie as headmaster of Columbus Academy for the past 16 years and Dan Vorenberg as assistant headmaster of Columbus Academy for the past 12 years.

Anderson said Mackenzie, who's retiring, expanded the boy-girl ratio of the formerly all-boy school to 50/50 and the staff expanded from 137 to 187.

She said he also helped increase the school's endowment by 60 percent and added 32 percent more building space.

"John MacKenzie has also put into motion the Vision 2015 program for greater technology integration in the curriculum and the introduction of curriculum mapping, revising the curriculum in virtually every academic discipline," she said.

Anderson said Vorenberg has worked to create and clarify the mission of Columbus Academy to reflect equity and justice, and he guided curriculum reform.

She commended his work and gave well wishes from the Gahanna community as he moves to a school in California.

The American Legion Post 797's Malcolm Glasgow and Jack Steinhausser also honored Gahanna officer Phillip Stacy as officer of the year.

In a resolution presented to Stacy, Glasgow described him as the most active officer on a very busy second shift, averaging 3.47 traffic contacts per patrol day. He also has been at the top on third shift with 4.25 traffic contacts per patrol day.

In addition to his patrol duties, Stacy is a valued member of the SWAT team, and his calm, professional demeanor and a base of knowledge and maturity beyond his years have earned him a place in training new officers, Glasgow said.

"Officer Stacy's interpersonal skills make him an ideal choice for community events where a high level of interaction with the public is required. The energy, love of service and commitment to the community he exudes is infectious," the resolution states. "He has voluntarily attended neighborhood events and invariably is surrounded by residents of all ages, answering questions and engaging in conversation."

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