Olentangy Valley News

Orange, Genoa townships

New plan for development nixes road, adds greenspace


Orange Township trustees anticipate acting on a resolution at their meeting Monday, March 4, to approve changes to a plan for a residential development at 6525 Africa Road.

The 107.9-acre site, to be called the Sanctuary and Enclave at the Lakes, requires a change in plans because a 3.5-acre peat-moss bog was discovered through soil samples in the southeast corner of the property. No houses or infrastructure improvements can be put in that area, which will become greenspace.

In addition, the development plan originally called for a connector street between the new Sanctuary Drive and the existing Tralee Lane.

However, in hearings that were recessed from Jan. 22 and again from Feb. 4, residents of Tralee Lane complained that a connector street would make the street a cut-through for traffic traveling on Sanctuary Drive from Africa Road to the west and from Highland Lakes Drive to Tralee on the east.

They said they had safety concerns for their children if traffic increased.

Developer M/I Homes presented a modified plan during the continuation of the hearing before the trustees Feb. 19. That plan eliminates the connector street.

Jack Brickner, a representative of M/I Homes, told Trustees Rob Quigley, Lisa Knapp and Debbie Taranto that the newest plan should satisfy residents' concerns.

Lindy Ramsey, who lives on Tralee, said she was at the hearing to represent residents.

"We support the plan being presented," she said. "There's no reason to not approve this plan."

Quigley, who is trustee chairman, said after the conclusion of the hearing that "unofficially, there is to be no connector."

That decision won't be formalized until trustees act on a resolution approving the latest plan.

The residential development will take five or six years to complete, Brickner said after the hearing.

The first phase is to have 45 homes out of a total of about 205 single-family homes to be built in Orange Township and adjacent Genoa Township.

About 20 of the total homes will be in Genoa Township.

Prices will range from about $380,000 to $450,000, he said. M/I hopes to begin the first phase of construction this spring.

Also during the Feb. 19 meeting, trustees:

* Set a hearing for 7:30 p.m. March 4 to discuss a request by Caribbean Jerks tavern on Polaris Parkway for a permit to hold the tavern's annual St. Patrick's Day event.

The event, which is a charity fundraiser, is set for March 16 and includes music and other entertainment. The fundraiser has been held for several years, with the biggest complaint being loud music, officials said.

* Discussed rental fees and other matters with representatives of two youth baseball organizations that want to play this spring and summer on the baseball fields at Ro Park.

More information is needed before field-use contracts will be signed with a local Little League organization and with the Central Ohio Youth Baseball League, officials said. It's possible action can be taken at the trustees' March 4 meeting.