Dublin City Council members decided to postpone a decision on a land-use plan for 1,100 acres on the city's west side after residents said they were unaware of the plan.

The land included in the West Innovation District Special Area Plan is east of Houchard Road, west of Avery Road, north of Shier Rings Road and south of state Route 161.

The plan outlines multiple uses for the area, including academic, research, office and manufacturing uses as well as residential, retail, personal services, entertainment and open spaces.

But during the Nov. 6 council meeting, multiple residents voiced concern about plan.

Tom Holton, a resident of the Ballantrae development, which is near the district, said he was concerned about the plan's impact on existing green space, traffic, population growth and tax-increment finance districts that could take money away from fire service.

"We can't build more farmland," said Holton, who is president of the Dublin Historical Society, adding he is not against the plan, just not supportive of its speed or scope.

Dublin resident Jane Fox, who at press time was running for a seat on Dublin City Council, also said she wanted council to take its time with the plan.

She said she believed city decisions such as this are "very difficult to keep up with."

"People want to be engaged," Fox said.

While the area plan would not put zoning into place, the last thing the city wants is to have anyone feel like they are left out of the decision-making process, said Dana McDaniel, Dublin city manager.

The impetus to update the area plan for the district largely began with Ohio University's location of its Dublin campus in the northern portion of the district, McDaniel said.

According to staff information shared at the meeting, previous public participation opportunities included a public open house about the district plan held in fall 2016.

Councilwoman Chris Amorose Groomes said one of her main concerns with the plan was that it allowed the City Administrative Review Team to be the sole reviewer of development applications.

According to the most recent memo to council about the district plan, the ART would be required to review and approve development applications "unless any particular aspect of the proposal does not meet code or the ART determines the application has the potential for communitywide impacts."

If those conditions were to happen, the ART would forward either a portion of the application or the entire application to the City Planning and Zoning Commission, according to the memo.

Council members unanimously approved postponing a vote on the area plan until Dec. 4.

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