Hilliard Northwest News

Planning and zoning commission OKs Giant Eagle signs


Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members Feb. 14 approved a dozen ground and mounted sign permits for a Giant Eagle, GetGo gas station and accompanying buildings, finalizing a 56-acre development at the eastern entrance into the city from Interstate 270.

Commission members in December approved a development plan for the Gateway at Hilliard project at the northwest corner of Cemetery Road and Briton Parkway, but opted to postpone approval of the signs until their January meeting, where the application was tabled again.

In addition to an 84,000-square-foot Giant Eagle store and the gas station, the Gateway at Hilliard will include a medical office, restaurants, retail outlets and 439 apartments on a 28-acre parcel within the overall development, tentatively called the Villages at Britton.

Also at the Feb. 14 meeting, commission members approved a conditional-use permit to allow a child-care facility at a residence on Williamsburg Circle.

The applicant, Samantha Kimes, first appeared at the January meeting, and commission members tabled the case to determine whether they could limit Kimes to caring for seven children at her home.

Kimes told commission members in January that two of her current clients are expecting children and the additional number requires her by state law to obtain a permit that allows her to have seven to 12 children at the residence.

Kimes said after the births, she will have seven children at her home and she does not intend to watch more children.

Commission members said 12 children would be too many, but it was unclear at the January meeting whether the commission could issue the necessary Type B permit allowing for seven to 12 children, but also place a limit capping the number at seven.

After consulting legal counsel, commission members determined they could issue the required permit and limit the maximum number of children to seven.

Commission members also approved a variance allowing mounted and ground signs for Dal Forno Pizza, 4920 Scioto Darby Road.

Prior to the Feb. 14 meeting, developers of Landmark Lofts, a retail and residential development planned at Cemetery Road and Franklin Street, asked for the case to the tabled.

It is scheduled to be heard at the commission's March 14 meeting.