Hilliard Northwest News

Nov. 8 meeting

Heritage Preserve application back on planning and zoning agenda

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Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members are expected Nov. 8 to consider a rezoning application for Heritage Preserve, a 687-unit residential development at the southwest corner of Alton Darby Creek and Davis roads.

The development is the first to test environmental standards within the boundaries of the Big Darby Creek Watershed area.

The application was tabled at the Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 meetings of the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission to allow city officials and the developer, Dan O'Brien, to mete out a presumably revised development plan.

The postponements were 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.

Rather than face the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission with a negative recommendation from the advisory board, O'Brien met with city planners to address the panel's concerns.

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.

As proposed, the Heritage Preserve development would include 387 single-family and 300 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.

For coverage of the planning and zoning commission meeting, read the Nov. 15 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News or check for updates at ThisWeekNEWS.com.

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