Plain Township trustees wrapped up the land-use plan last week by designating 298 acres around the township as select-commercial-planned district.

Plain Township trustees wrapped up the land-use plan last week by designating 298 acres around the township as select-commercial-planned district.

Trustees approved the land-use plan in May, with the stipulation that the select-commercial-planned district be moved from an area on U.S. Route 62 to another location.

Trustees followed the zoning commission's recommendations to move the commercial designation to three areas around the township.

Many residents attended last week's meeting to voice their concerns about the new proposed areas for the select-commercial-planned district.

Don Jordan said he wanted the 33 acres proposed around Warner Road to remain residential.

"Our objective has been for the past several years to keep commercial development as far away from our front door as possible," he said.

The area proposed on Warner Road is surrounded by Columbus. Jordan said any commercial development would mean annexation into Columbus for water and sewer.

Although the designation in the land-use plan does not automatically rezone the residential land to commercial, it serves as a planning guide for the future.

"If we would vote on this, it doesn't mean it would be commercial," trustee Bud Zappitelli said prior to approval.

Residents said they still are concerned that a commercial designation could lower property values or trigger annexation.

"Our concern is, anything that stamps this area as commercial-planned development will prejudice this area," Jordan said.

A few residents on U.S. Route 62 expressed safety concerns with the addition of more businesses to the already busy road. The commercial designation was moved to 170 acres north of Walnut Street on Route 62.

The only area that did not receive criticism was 95 acres adjacent to the New Albany business park, off of state Route 605.

Trustee Don Shoemaker moved to accept the areas on U.S. Route 62 and by the New Albany business park for select-commercial-planned development but omit the area on Warner Road. The motion died for a lack of a second.

Zappitelli moved to accept all areas, totaling 298 acres, for select-commercial-planned development. Trustees voted 2-1 to approve the measure, with Shoemaker dissenting.

"It doesn't make any sense to put any development there," Shoemaker said, referring to the Warner Road area.