TJX only will have to plant nine trees per 100 feet at its new facility, according to the condition of a variance approved by the New Albany Planning Commission Dec. 20.

TJX only will have to plant nine trees per 100 feet at its new facility, according to the condition of a variance approved by the New Albany Planning Commission Dec. 20.

The condition is subject to staff approval.

TJX is building a 60,000-square-foot corporate technology center at the corner of state Route 605 and New Albany Road East.

Village planner Michelle Murphy said TJX, which is the parent company of T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls and A.J. Wright, had conflicting information in the maps and text presented in the final development plan for the project, which was approved by the village in July.

The text stated the company would plant 11 trees and 10 shrubs per 100 lineal feet along Route 605. But the map showed only seven trees and a 6-foot-high mound, with no shrubs. Linda Menery of local engineering firm EMH&T said the map was correct and the text was incorrect.

Murphy said the plantings are similar to the plans for the property to the south: eight trees per 100 linear feet, no shrubs and 6-foot-high mounds.

Planning commission member David Demers asked what another neighboring property, Sorensen and Sorensen Optometrists at the northeast corner of Walton Parkway and Route 605, was required to have. Murphy confirmed that property, for which two office buildings are planned, would have nine trees per 100 linear feet.

Demers said the commission should do the same thing "for the purposes of being consistent with businesses both big and small."

Menery said TJX already has planted nine trees per 100 lineal feet in the setback from Route 605, if both deciduous trees and evergreens are counted.

In other business, the planning commission tabled a zoning request to add a patio to the Shops at Walton Parkway, 9865-9765 Johnstown Road. The application is "to add approximately 700 square feet of patio space to the north and east sides of the building for use as an outdoor dining area for the Don Patron Mexican Restaurant."

Since the application was submitted, Don Patron was shut down in June after an undercover New Albany police officer set up a drug deal through the assistant manager and reopened in August as Three Amigos. Several restaurant employees were arrested, and some were identified as potential illegal immigrants and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The application was tabled several times in 2010 because the applicant, Jeanne Cabral Architects, was asked to submit further information, which was not provided. Planning commission members said they have been tabling the application because if they take it off the table and vote against it for lack of information, the applicant would have to reapply and pay the filing fee to have the issue brought before the commission again.

Murphy agreed, at the commission's request, to find out by the January planning meeting whether the applicant wants to move forward with the application.