Olentangy Valley News

Powell council OKs one referendum, nixes another


Powell residents likely will get their chance to vote in the fall on the future of a planned downtown apartment development.

Powell City Council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19, to validate the fact that initiative and referendum petitions aimed at repealing the development plan for the Center at Powell Crossing had enough signatures to go on the November ballot. Each of those petitions, if approved by voters, would accomplish the same goal of blocking the development of the 64-unit complex.

The city forwarded those two ballot issues to the Delaware County Board of Elections on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Powell City Council unanimously rejected a third petition, which would have created a new commission to revise the city’s comprehensive plan. Council members and

Law Director Gene Hollins said a provision in the petition, which would have placed five homeowner association presidents in charge of the commission, was an unconstitutional delegation of council’s authority.

Hollins said the petitioners could take legal action in an attempt to reverse council’s decisions if they felt it was justified.