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Zoning change would pave way for development


Pataskala could add more businesses and homes if a planned-development district zoning application is approved for Main Street south of Mill Street.

The 26.8 acres owned by Woodland Plaza Limited of Columbus is between property owned by Howard Emswiler and Mill Street, on the east side of Main Street and adjacent to the Pataskala cemetery.

Pataskala City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Sept. 3 to rezone the property after holding a public hearing on the zoning application.

Attorney Connie Klema, who represented the property owner and the potential developer at the meeting, said she requested that Redwood Management Co. consider developing land in Pataskala. She said the company builds high-end apartments typically occupied by single people or empty-nesters.

Klema showed City Council pictures of the Greens at Kyber Run in Johnstown, recently built by the Redwood Management Co.

She said the apartments would be built on 19.4 acres, with a maximum density of 6.1 units per acre. Three other lots on the remaining acreage would be used for commercial development.

Klema said natural features and existing trees on the site would be preserved.

Eric Fischer, Pataskala's planning and zoning director, said the developer would install sidewalks within the development and use one curb cut on Main Street -- as opposed to three -- for the commercial development.

He said the the Redwood Management Co. agreed in planning commission hearings to place any gas stations or businesses with a drive-through on the south side of the development, honoring a request from neighbors who live in the Pataskala Ridge subdivision on the west side of Main Street, across from the development.

Fischer said the busiest use, whether it be a gas station or a fast-food restaurant with a drive-through, would be as far south as possible.

City Councilman Mike Compton asked if the development would tie into the city's sidewalk system.

City Administrator Timothy Boland said the city would try to incorporate the land in the sidewalk plan.

Fischer said the development would have sidewalks, too.

No one spoke about the zoning application during the public hearing.