A lack of business prompted the Northland Community Council's development committee to cancel its July 25 meeting.

A lack of business prompted the Northland Community Council's development committee to cancel its July 25 meeting.

Chairman Dave Paul announced via email that the only applicant on the agenda had asked for a postponement.

Just in case some regular attendees were on autopilot and failed to get notice of the cancellation, Paul indicated he would stop by the Minerva Park Community Center where the meetings are held just to explain things to anyone who showed up.

Canceling a development committee meeting for lack of items on the agenda is hardly unprecedented, according to Paul.

"I haven't really kept track," he said. "A couple of times a year, we end up without enough applications on the agenda to make it worth our while to have a meeting."

The only case scheduled to be heard involves the McDonald's restaurant at Cleveland Avenue and Community Park Drive, which has been the subject of committee agenda items on several occasions since the fall of 2011.

"The tough issues are out of the way on that one," Paul said of the fast-food outlet at 6221 Cleveland Ave.

These included placement of a curb cut as part of changes that would permit a double drive-through, an issue that was finally resolved to the satisfaction of committee members in May.

What had been scheduled to be considered last week really only involved "repackaging of that site," Paul said.

Although development committee agendas have been somewhat crowded in recent months, particularly with projects on the eastern edges of the NCC's territory near New Albany, Paul said he doubts the lack of items for the July session signals any slowdown in proposals.

"I think there was kind of a mad rush to get applications in prior to city's council's siesta," he said.

Columbus City Council members traditionally take off the month of August.

The next development committee session is set for Aug. 29.