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Hilliard planning and zoning

Commission tables Heritage Preserve plan again


Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members tabled an application and approved two others during a 30-minute session Oct. 11.

The tabled rezoning application was for Heritage Preserve, a proposed 687-unit residential development at the southwest corner of Alton Darby Creek and Davis roads.

The application is now scheduled to be considered Nov. 8 after applicant Dan O'Brien agreed to the tabling action.

The initial postponement was in response to a negative -- albeit nonbinding -- recommendation from 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 six-year-old board, which is 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.

The other cases on the Oct. 11 agenda were approved unanimously:

* Universal Properties of Ohio received a special permit to allow the construction of a 180-foot, two-way radio tower at 3670 Lacon Road; and

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