The New Albany Planning Commission on Jan. 23 recommended approval of a 108-acre zoning change request that could pave the way for an outlet mall.
Planning commission members voted 4-0 to recommend the change. Neil Kirby, Ray Silverstein, Brad Shockey and David Wallace were in attendance and Joe King was absent.
The application will be reviewed in February by New Albany City Council, which makes decisions on zoning-change requests.
Tom Rubey, development director for the New Albany Co., which owns the land, said he has been contacted by Horizon Group Properties and other retail developers interested in the property.
Horizon Group Properties last week released information about opening an outlet mall in that location. Two other outlet malls recently were proposed near the Interstate 71 and routes 36/37 interchange in Delaware County, about 10 miles north of Polaris Fashion Place.
Rubey said the New Albany Co. has not sold any of the 108 acres and he does not have any development plans to present to the city at this point.
Adrienne Joly, New Albany’s deputy community development director, said any development plans for the site will have to be reviewed by the planning commission.
The zoning-change request would switch the land, north of state Route 161 and west of Beech Road, from a limited general employment district and infill planned unit development to a comprehensive planned unit development. It would cap the amount of retail at 92 acres.
City Council heard first reading on the zoning change Dec. 17. It was referred to the city’s planning commission, which tabled the zoning application at the Jan. 7 meeting at the New Albany Co.’s request.