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Hilliard planning and zoning

Commission likely will table Heritage Preserve plan again


Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members on Oct. 11 are expected to postpone consideration of a proposed residential development that was met with resistance in August by the Big Darby Accord Advisory Board.

The commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way. A hearing for the Heritage Preserve development is on the agenda, but according to a staff report, the city will ask the applicant, Dan O'Brien, to postpone the hearing until Nov. 8.

It would be the second consecutive month the hearing has been postponed. The commission also tabled it Sept. 13.

Heritage Preserve is a proposed 687-unit residential development at the southwest corner of Alton Darby Creek and Davis roads.

The initial postponement was in response to a negative recommendation from the Big Darby Accord Advisory Board, which is nonbinding. 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.

City staff members have since asked for additional time to tweak the proposal and address some of the advisory panel's concerns.

As proposed, 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, O'Brien, developer of the nearby Heritage Lakes subdivision, 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.

Two other cases are on the commission's Oct. 11 agenda:

* Universal Properties of Ohio is seeking a special permit to allow the construction of a 180-foot communication tower at 3670 Lacon Road; and

* The Estates at Hoffman Farms, 6070 Jeffrelyn Drive, is requesting a permit for a subdivision development sign for an additional one-year period.