Hilliard City Council on Feb. 24 postponed a public hearing concerning the proposed rezoning of 0.5 acre owned by the Glenmont nursing home near Avery and Davidson roads.
The hearing was postponed in order to schedule an informal meeting for neighbors to review development plans, said Glen Dugger, an attorney representing Glenmont.
"We understand there is some fearfulness among the residents. We want to reassure them this will be a quality project," Dugger said after the meeting adjourned.
City officials had yet to view a development plan as of the Feb. 24 Council meeting.
Councilman Al Iosue announced at the start of the public hearing that Glenmont officials requested the ordinance rezoning the parcel of land be tabled.
Second reading of the ordinance, and the accompanying public hearing, were rescheduled for March 10.
Iosue reiterated that the proposed development of multifamily residences on 16 acres adjacent to the 0.5-acre parcel is not under consideration.
Glenmont, a Christian Science nursing center at 4599 Avery Road, is seeking to rezone the 0.5 acre from low-density residential to multifamily residential to match the zoning designation on the adjacent 16 acres.
The 16 acres on which the nursing home is situated have been zoned multifamily residential since 1984, according to city officials.
Glenmont, with no consideration from the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission or City Council, can build multi-family residences as long as the development strictly conforms to the conditions of the zoning district, according to Butch Seidle, Hilliard's public-services director.
Typically, a developer seeks a planned-unit development or planned-neighborhood development zoning or requests a variance, which requires the planning and zoning commission and City Council to approve a development plan.
But in this instance, a developer simply would meet with city officials and if the development plan precisely meets the requirements of the zoning district, a building permit would be issued and construction can begin, Seidle said.
About a dozen neighboring residents attended the meeting but only one spoke.
Alex Brickley, who lives on Davidson Road, asked about the process of building a fence to screen his property from a pending development.
Mayor Don Schonhardt asked Brickley to postpone building a fence until residents and city officials reviewed a development plan, which could include screening.
"Once we have seen a development plan, we can better address your question," Schonhardt said.
Council President Nathan Painter and Councilman Tom Baker met informally with residents after the meeting adjourned.
Dugger said Feb. 24 that a final development plan was yet to be rendered but he expected the informal meeting with area residents, to be communicated through city officials, would occur "sooner rather than later."
Iosue said he planned to attend the neighborhood meeting.