Olentangy Valley News

Orange Township nixes changes at condo complex

Trustees will consider new houses Jan. 21


The Orange Township board of trustees kicked off the new year by denying an application for condominium modifications and preparing to hear an application for development of new homes.

During their meeting Monday, Jan. 6, trustees denied Orange Road Partners LLC's application to modify the original approved construction plan of Orange Centre Villas, a condo complex located along the north and south sides of Hidden Ravines Drive East between Orange Centre and Highfield drives.

"We have a list of things that we look at in the process for zoning for administrative review," Trustee Robert Quigley said. "From what we saw from our deliberation, it was determined by their request that it was not a minor modification but a complete change in character."

The application submitted by the company requested changes such as the elimination of a pool and clubhouse to create a gazebo and community garden, and an adjustment of the buildings' footprints. These changes conflicted with township code, Quigley said.

In other business, trustees will hear at their next meeting an application for Woods at Weeping Rock, a development of 24 single-family residential lots located on Lewis Center Road.

The township's zoning commission has approved the application for Woods at Weeping Rock. The trustees will have 30 days to decide a course of action after their next meeting, said Michael McCarthy, the township's attorney.

Also at this week's meeting:

• The board appointed Trustee Debbie Taranto as chairwoman for 2014. Trustee Lisa Knapp was appointed vice chairwoman.

• The board accepted the resignation of part-time firefighter and paramedic Andrew Hays. He worked for Orange Township for nine years.

• Trustees re-established their annual roles as liaisons for various township departments for 2014.

The board will meet next at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road.