The New Albany Planning Commission on July 21 voted 3-0 to make a positive recommendation to New Albany City Council regarding a zoning change for a subdivision to be built between Bevelhymer Road and the Upper Clarenton subdivision, north of Camden Drive.
Developer Canini and Associates requested City Council change the property's zoning from agricultural to an infill planned-unit development.
The subdivision, which would be called Millbrook Farm at Sugar Run, would incorporate two existing homes and add 28 homes to the 19.1 acres.
City Council on July 1 heard first reading of the application and referred the application to the planning commission for review.
City Council members in July questioned the project's density, which is 1.57 units per acre, in an area with an allowable density of 1.5 units per acre.
Planning commission members on July 21 reviewed the proposed project and listened to questions from residents who live near the site.
"A lot residents whose property backs onto the space were interested in what's going to be built in their backyards and what will happen to the trees in that area," said New Albany Planner Stephen Mayer.
Commission members John Lucas and David Wallace were not at the July 21 meeting.
The three commission members present -- Neil Kirby, Brad Shockey and Ray Silverstein -- voted in favor of the zoning change with several conditions recommended by staff and three new conditions.
The new conditions developed at the meeting were:
* The developer must work with the property owner on the east side of Bevelhymer Road to plant vegetation in an effort to screen the property owner from the subdivision.
The plants would be on the individual property owner's land, Mayer said.
* The developer must include tree preservation measures in the final development plan to protect existing trees during construction of the subdivision.
Mayer said developers could put fences around trees to prevent construction workers from getting too close.
* The developer must work with city staff members on an alignment for a leisure trail connection to the Upper Clarenton subdivision.
The other conditions requested by staff include: conditional approval pending annexation of the property from Plain Township to New Albany; labeling and identifying the 6.4 acres of open space on the property and preserving space on the north side of the property between two proposed lots for a future road to connect with Walnut Street; ensuring a 100-foot wide corridor along the Sugar Run, which flows through the site; and placing a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on both sides of all subdivision streets.
Mayer said the plans were given a positive recommendation July 17 by the Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord Implementation Panel. The panel reviews zoning applications in portions of Columbus, New Albany and Plain Township.
Mayer said New Albany City Council would review the zoning application at a future meeting.
In other business July 21, the planning commission:
* Approved a change to the Compass Data Centers plan, reducing the project's square footage.
The planning commission on April 15, 2013, approved a plan for five buildings and a total of 105,800 square feet on the extension of Souder Road south of New Albany Road East.
The commission on June 16 approved a change to four buildings and a total of 98,050 square feet.
Mayer said the most recent version approved July 21 is for two buildings and a total of 49,000 square feet, to be built in two phases.
Any additional buildings on the site must receive planning commission approval, he said.