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Planning and zoning

Mayor plans to fill three commission seats by February


Mayor Don Schonhardt said he hopes to make three appointments to the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission in time for its February meeting.

The commission has been meeting with six members since 2009 when Malcolm Floss resigned, but it will lose two members in January.

Thomas Lyden announced Dec. 12 he did not want to be re-appointed to the commission. His six-year term expires Dec. 31.

Bill Uttley was appointed to the commission in 2012 to fill a term that expires Dec. 31. However, Uttley was elected to City Council in November and cannot hold a seat on the commission.

The commission is composed of three at-large members and one from each of the city's four wards.

All three vacant seats are ward seats.

The current complement of four members constitutes a quorum, but if any member would be absent in January, the commission could not hear cases.

"I plan to fill (all three seats) and hope to do so in time for the February meeting," Schonhardt said.

At their Dec. 12 meeting, commission members approved five applications, rejected one application and postponed one application.

They approved 6-0 a final development plan for the Courtyard at Hayden Run, a 50-unit condominium development.

Epcon Communities will build the 50 condos on 13.3 acres on the south side of Hayden Run Road, just east of Leppert Road.

Several neighboring residents attended planning and zoning commission meetings to oppose the rezoning of the parcel, but did not attend City Council meetings in September when council members upheld the recommendation of the commission to rezone the parcel.

City Council members also will have final say on the final development plan for the condominiums.

Commission members also approved:

* A variance to allow the construction of a Jimmy John's at 3555 Main St.

* A variance to allow a ground sign for Certified Oil, 4546 Cemetery Road.

* Signs for a GetGo station at the Gateway at Hilliard development on Britton Parkway.

* A variance to allow a window sign for BMW Financial Services, 5550 Britton Parkway.

Commission members rejected a variance requested for a banner sign by Ultimate Beach Center, 3700 Parkway Lane, because the applicant no longer needed it.

They postponed until Jan. 9 an application for final plat approval for a section of 19 lots at the Estates of Hoffman Farms.