Hilliard Northwest News

Plans on hold for land near 270, Davidson


Plans for a multifamily residential development west of the Davidson Run subdivision will be on hold until at least next month, said Connie Klema, an attorney representing Vision Development.

A rezoning application and development plan from Vision Development was scheduled to be considered June 12 by the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission, but Klema said she would ask for the application to be postponed until the commission's July 10 session.

The application was originally set to be heard in April, but was withdrawn and rescheduled for May 8 after Klema met with about 80 Davidson Run residents March 31 at Norwich Township Fire Station 83.

The May 8 meeting was postponed to June 12, but Klema said still more time was needed to craft a formal plan.

A second meeting with the Davidson Run homeowners association also is planned but has yet to be scheduled, Klema said.

"We're still working to make all the ends meet (and) hope to have something to show in July," Klema said.

Although no formal plan has been presented, Vision Development announced initial plans for 381 apartments on about 16 acres at the site north of Davidson Road and east of Interstate 270.

Klema said input gathered at the March 31 meeting with Davidson Run residents and ongoing discussions with city of Hilliard staff members are being considered in the creation of the formal development plan.

The residential development would be part of an overall development plan for a 47.6-acre parcel owned by Wolpert Enterprises, which owns farmland throughout central Ohio.

The 47.6 acres are farmed actively, but Wolpert Enterprises has a pending purchase contract with Vision Development, according to Larry Wolpert, one of the owners of Wolpert Enterprises and a former Hilliard City Council member and Ohio representative.

The land is zoned for commercial uses but Vision Development wants the acres be rezoned for multifamily residences. About 4.5 of those acres would be dedicated for the public right of way required to connect Trueman Boulevard to Edwards Farms Road.

The other 27 acres at the site would remain in the original commercial zoning district.