Olentangy Valley News

Zoning approved before development of 160 acres

More than 120 residential lots in works for Orange land


Orange Township trustees passed three resolutions this week to rezone farmland for residential and commercial properties.

Kerbler Farms LLC filed three separate applications for around 160 acres located east of U.S. Route 23, west of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, north of Orange Road and south of Lewis Center Road to be rezoned from farmland to residential and commercial spaces.

The development will be known as Slate Ridge Community.

The board voted 2-0 at its meeting Monday, Aug. 4, to rezone the land, with Trustee Lisa Knapp not present.

About 107 acres were rezoned as a single-family planned residential district. About 127 single-family residential lots are planned for the area.

Another 20 acres were rezoned as planned elderly residential district.

The property could hold more than 60 limited-assistance residential units within 17 four-unit buildings.

About 33 acres were rezoned for a planned commercial and office district.

Representatives from Kerbler Farms filed the applications more than a year ago. Trustee Debbie Taranto thanked the group for its patience in the long process.

"That was a very big zoning project, obviously," Taranto said. "It will be a great asset to Orange Township."

The Orange Township board of trustees meets next at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road.