An ordinance to rezone 0.6 acre belonging to Glenmont near Avery and Davidson roads from low-density residential to high-density residential is scheduled for a third and final reading at the March 24 Hilliard City Council meeting.
A public hearing was held during its second reading March 10, and City Planner John Talentino recommended approval of the rezoning application.
If approved, the 0.6 acre zoning would match the remainder of the 19-acre parcel Glenmont owns.
Glenmont is poised to sell 13.1 acres to a development company, F2, which plans to build 176 apartments.
However, Councilman Al Iosue, chairman of the city planning, projects and services committee, made it clear the public hearing was exclusive to the rezoning of the 0.6 acre and City Council was not to consider the proposal to build apartments.
Still, residents weighed in on the plan.
Elizabeth Carpenter, who lives on Davidson Road, raised concerns about traffic on Davidson Road, recounting the danger she experiences retrieving mail.
"I know it's their property and they have every right to build there, but, ethically, I beg you to come up with a plan so those of us who live there can actually enjoy our property safely," Carpenter said.
Craig Coffman, of Hessler Circle, during a citizens polling session after the public hearing, appealed to council members to persuade Glenmont to retain more residences, which would reduce the number the developer could build.
The zoning district allows 10.9 units per acre but the units are not required to be evenly dispersed.
Coffman and other residents met with John Talentino and Butch Seidle, director of public services, to privately discuss the preliminary development plan.
Shannon Moore, of Davidson Road, criticized the proximity the closest two-story apartment unit will stand from his backyard, which he estimated at 10 feet.
Moore disputed the developer's labeling of the side of the new building facing him as a "side yard" which allows for a shorter minimum setback.
Seidle told residents if the final development plan, yet to be submitted, conforms to the zoning district; the city has no choice but to issue the building permit.