After sitting still since August, the Target case is on the move again.

After sitting still since August, the Target case is on the move again.

Delaware County Common Pleas Judge W. Duncan Whitney will hold a status conference on the Target appeal case in March.

In August, Whitney approved Liberty Township's request for a stay, which stopped the store's construction from beginning.

The 132,000-square-foot store is proposed near the southeast corner of Home Road and Sawmill Parkway. The project initially was put on hold shortly after Powell development director Dave Betz approved a zoning certificate for the store in October 2007.

In December 2007, Liberty Township as well as two civic groups -- Community Oversight Foundation and Golf Village Residents Association -- appealed Betz's decision, first to the Powell Board of Zoning Appeals and then to the court of common pleas.

In March 2008, Whitney said the civic groups "lacked legal standing" to bring an appeal and dismissed it.

In May 2008, Powell BZA held several hearings on the appeal and in June decided to uphold Betz's decision to grant the zoning certificate. In July, Liberty appealed the BZA's decision to the county court of common pleas.

The appeal has been in the county court since the stay was issued in August.

On Jan. 16, attorneys for Triangle Properties, the owners of the Target site, requested a status conference on the case.

Whitney scheduled it for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, on the second floor of the Delaware County Courthouse, 91 N. Sandusky St.

The Target issue sparked other conflict in the Powell and Liberty area.

An initiative petition to limit the size of retail buildings near Sawmill Parkway in Powell was circulated by Golf Village residents.

That petition -- which cannot prevent the proposed Target store -- was adopted as an ordinance and is being recommended for repeal by the Powell Planning and Zoning Commission. The recommendation is on city council's March 17 agenda.

Liberty Township Trustee Peggy Guzzo's involvement in the initiative petition prompted Powell to allege Liberty was in breach of contract of the cooperative economic development agreement between the two entities. The CEDA, signed in 2002, guides annexation from the township to the city.

That dispute is in mediation. The two parties met Feb. 13, but will not release information about it. City and township officials said more sessions will occur, but the dates are not yet known.