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Planners say no to N. State multifamily project

Rezoning for the Romanelli Investment and Mayfair Homes plan may still go before City Council

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The Westerville Planning Commission did not back a proposed rezoning that would allow for a multifamily development on North State Street, just south of Polaris Parkway.

The commission voted 2-4 at its Feb. 26 meeting against a request from Romanelli Investment and Mayfair Homes to rezone 23.6 acres at 645 and 655 N. State St. from Rural Residential to Planned Neighborhood District.

Plans for the property, based on the rezoning, included constructing a 148-unit apartment complex to the north, with a prominent clubhouse at the northeast corner of the development, and 41 single-family "courtyard" homes on the southern portion of the site.

The courtyard homes would have been small two- to three-bedroom ranch homes on small lots.

Planning Commission members had heard the proposal previously, last voting in October to table the proposal.

Concerns came from residents and commission members on the density of the proposal and on the impact so many homes would have on traffic along an already problematic portion of North State Street.

Planning Commission members also questioned whether multifamily housing was appropriate for the site, which is sandwiched between two established single-family developments.

Westerville's planning texts generally call for multifamily housing to serve as a buffer between single-family developments and other types of development, such as retail.

Though the Planning Commission chose not to support the proposal, the ultimate decision on whether to rezone the site will fall to Westerville City Council.

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