The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Sept. 13 tabled a development plan for Heritage Preserve, a 687-unit residential development at the southwest corner of Alton Darby Creek and Davis roads.

The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on Sept. 13 tabled a development plan for Heritage Preserve, a 687-unit residential development at the southwest corner of Alton Darby Creek and Davis roads.

The commission is next scheduled to meet Oct. 11.

The postponement was in response to a negative recommendation by the Big Darby Accord Advisory Board.

After an Aug. 14 session that lasted more than three hours, the advisory board voted 9-0 in unanimous opposition of the proposed development.

It is the first time the 6-year-old board, charged with considering development in the environmentally sensitive Big Darby Creek Watershed area, has rejected a proposal.

However, the decision is nonbinding.

The Heritage Preserve development would include 687 single and multifamily units on a 418-acre parcel that was annexed in 2009 from Brown Township into the city of Hilliard.

In June, applicant Dan O'Brien, developer of the nearby Heritage Lakes subdivsion, petitioned to rezone the parcel from restricted residential and agriculture to planned-unit development.

O'Brien's development company, Planned Development Co. of Ohio, owns the land.

At the city's request, O'Brien agreed to postpone the application until the Oct. 11 meeting of the planning and zoning commission, providing more time to finalize design details, according to City Planner John Talentino.

In other action at the Sept. 13 meeting, commission members approved a variance to permit a subdivision development sign for Ashleigh Village on Ashleigh Drive, and approved significant architectural changes to permit the demolition of a garage at a residence in the 4100 block of Wayne Street.