A recent zoning change will allow the New Albany Co. to build three homes on 1.82 acres on the west side of Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road south of the Hawksmoor subdivision.
The New Albany Planning Commission and City Council on July 15 and 16, respectively, approved a zoning amendment to change the property's designation from R-1 to R-2 residential.
The planning commission voted 2-1 on July 15 to recommend the zoning change to City Council. Jon Lucas and David Wallace voted in favor, with Chairman Neil Kirby dissenting. Ray Silverstein and Brad Shockey were absent.
Kirby said the setbacks on the property do not match other developments along Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, which is considered a rural road.
Jennifer Chrysler, New Albany's community development director, said rural corridors can have buildings set back up to 250 feet from the road. The average distance between existing homes and Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road is 100 to 150 feet, she said.
Tom Rubey, development director for the New Albany Co., said when the company purchased the land, four homes were on it and it was out of compliance with the city's zoning code.
Kirby said the land, when annexed into the city, was required to carry the R-1 zoning, which doesn't allow four homes on that site.
Despite the fact that the homes were out of compliance, the zoning was never changed, Rubey said.
The New Albany Co. plans to build three homes on the site, which would be set back 80 to 110 feet from the road, Rubey said.
Rubey said the density matches the country club neighborhoods to the west of the property.
The planning commission included the following conditions with approval:
* The homes must be set back at least as far as the original homes were from the road.
* No more than three homes could be built on the site.
* The city engineer's comments must be addressed to the approval of city staff members and the New Albany Co. must submit a schools-impact statement.
New Albany City Council on July 16 approved the zoning change amendment in a 4-0 vote, with Stephen Pleasnick, Sloan Spalding and Chris Wolfe absent.
Councilman Glyde Marsh asked if the schools-impact statement were necessary.
Chrysler said developers are required to submit a statement of how residential development will affect the population of the New Albany-Plain Local School District.