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381 apartments north of Davidson Road

Company withdraws 16-acre rezoning application

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Vision Development has withdrawn its rezoning application for 381 apartments on 16 acres north of Davidson Road and east of Interstate 270, according to Connie Klema, an attorney representing the company.

The application was to be heard at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission but Klema said Aug. 12 the application has been withdrawn rather than postponed to a future meeting.

"Rather than to keep asking for postponements we have withdrawn the application and will resubmit," Klema said.

Klema would not estimate when Vision Development might resubmit a rezoning application but reiterated her client "wants to get back as soon as possible."

At issue, Klema said, are a multitude of engineering-related issues for a connecting road that made it infeasible to continue seeking month-to-month postponements.

The rezoning application first appeared on the March 13 agenda of the planning and zoning commission and was postponed to the April 10 meeting.

On March 31, Klema met with about 80 residents of the neighboring Davidson Run subdivision who were opposed to the apartment development and later asked for the application to be postponed to May 8.

The application was postponed to June and July before ultimately being withdrawn.

"There are a lot of issues we are still working out," Klema said.

Those include required buffering, landscaping and engineering associated with construction of a road extending Trueman Boulevard north to Edwards Farms Road, Klema said

"There are simply a lot of components," she said.

City Planner John Talentino said city officials still are waiting for a formal development plan from Vision Development.

Talentino said Aug. 12 company officials met informally with city staff members several times after the March 31 meeting Klema had with Davidson Run residents but have yet to submit a formal development plan.

"I know the residents had some concerns and there were some issues (staff) had with how the connecting road might be built," Talentino said.

Now that the application has been withdrawn, the process resets, Talentino said.

Representatives of Vision Development could ask for informal meetings with city officials to gauge their support or submit a development plan for consideration, he said.

"We're waiting for a (planned-unit development) plan," Talentino said.

As of Aug. 12, Vision Development officials have not asked to meet, Talentino said.

Vision Development's withdrawn plan was part of an overall development plan for a 47.6-acre parcel owned by Wolpert Enterprises.

The land currently is zoned as a B-3 commercial district but Vision Development had proposed to rezone the 16 acres for multifamily residences.

Vision Development's plan also had proposed to dedicate 4.6 acres for the right of way required to connect Trueman Boulevard to Edwards Farms Road.

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