The Pickerington Planning and Zoning Commission holds the fate of a $4-million indoor soccer complex project in its hands.

The Pickerington Planning and Zoning Commission holds the fate of a $4-million indoor soccer complex project in its hands.

Last February, Pickerington City Council unanimously approved a rezoning and final development plans for a proposed 115,230-square-foot complex that would house four indoor soccer fields just west of Hill Road Plaza along Refugee Road.

On May 10, however, the city's planning and zoning commission voted 4-1 to deny Homestead Development Co.'s certificate of appropriateness related to proposed architectural, landscaping, sign and lighting plans.

The action effectively killed the project in Pickerington.

According to commission member Ted Hackworth, he voted against the development for a variety of reasons, including what he said were inconsistencies between renderings Homestead provided for the project and actual building material samples and plans the developer presented and communicated at the meeting.

Homestead officials and Pickerington city manager Bill Vance hope the planning commission will reconsider, and a motion has been made for it to do so.

Planning and zoning commission chairman Doug Blake said he hadn't seen a request as of May 27 to reconsider the project, but said if one is made and if Homestead provides more detailed architectural, landscaping, lighting and signage plans, he wouldn't object to hearing the case again.

Blake said if the request to reconsider is on the planning commission's June 14 agenda, he'll put the matter up for a vote. If the plans are then approved, a certificate of appropriateness could come back before the commission on July 12.

For more on this story, see the June 2 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington.