The Orange Township Zoning Commission's review of the Jain Center of Central Ohio's request to rezone five acres from planned residential to planned residential for religious use will continue 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.

The Orange Township Zoning Commission's review of the Jain Center of Central Ohio's request to rezone five acres from planned residential to planned residential for religious use will continue 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.

After hearing from Jain Center representatives and the public this week, the commission decided to discuss the application later because two commission members - David House and Mike Wiens - were absent.

The site, at 6651 S. Old State Road, earlier was slated to be a residential development of six homes, but the property owner, RLG Builder Inc., put it up for sale before starting the project.

At their Oct. 2 meeting, commission members said the application needed more detail.

Jack Reynolds, the attorney for the center, this week presented detailed diagrams of the project, which is a religious temple. Jain is an ancient religion founded in India and adheres to nonviolence and a vegan diet, member and Lewis Center resident Hiten Shah has said.

The project would include a 60-by-60 foot, two-story building about 20 feet tall. A portico would run from the front of the building to the south. Eventually, a 12-foot dome would be installed on the roof, taking the total height to 32 feet.

The landscaping would include maintaining existing vegetation and replacing trees on the perimeter to screen neighboring lots. It also would include several three-foot tall mounds to screen vehicle headlights. Behind the building, the center would build a meditation park and play area for the center's children.

The building would be 299 feet from Orange Road and would have a 56-space parking lot. The lot would have 18.5-foot tall light poles with downward-pointing lighting to limit the impact on neighboring properties, Reynolds said.

At the rear of the property, a retention pond would be built to handle stormwater runoff from the site. It is required by Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman's office and would be built according to the office's specifications.

Craig Sutherland of Coltsbridge Drive, who objects to the rezoning, turned to the group of about 30 center supporters and said his concerns had nothing to do with their religion.

"We as a community on Coltsbridge Drive and Old State Farms have zero in the way of ill will. The fact that you're a community of faith, I honor that," Sutherland said. "We're not coming saying we don't want this property because it's a place of faith. It's important for you to know that."

His concerns included:

The project is too large for the lot, which is in a residential area.

The residents bought their property with the understanding the five-acre site would be a residential development.

At the last zoning meeting, more than 100 Jain Center supporters attended. Sutherland asked what would a special event at the center look like.

He asked what happens if the Jain Center outgrows the building and has to move to a different location.

"What would we be left as us as homeowners to deal with?" Sutherland said.

The design was described as including aluminum framed windows and commercial bricks, such as those on the Rave Theater in Polaris Center.

The retention pond would be a safety concern for their children playing in the area. Mosquitoes also would be an issue.

The lighting in the parking lot would have an impact on the area, which has no street lights.

The structure is two times the size of any home in the surrounding area.

That the center not include a crematorium like a center in Florida has. (A crematory is not included in the Jain Center plans.)

That a three-dimensional drawing of the landscaping be presented.

"It's important that all of you know that we wish you well ... that whatever you seek, you do find it. We feel this is a lot of unknowns to be shoved into a residential district that is zoned residential and should be kept residential, and that what's going on is not going to benefit the residents of Coltsbridge Road or Old State."

Jain member Hita Shah said the center's proposed size - 7,200 square feet - is not much bigger than some houses.

The largest crowds drawn by a center event were the 150 to 170 people attending two-day festivals in April and August, he said.

He also said he said the center would be willing to put in more trees and the lighting was designed for the least impact.

"We are a small community of 60 or 70 families that live within 25 miles of this area," he said, adding he does not anticipate the group outgrowing the center.