Traffic was a point of concern for residents who attended a Nov. 15 public meeting about the city's plans for the West Innovation District.

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.

The meeting at the Golf Club of Dublin, 5805 Eiterman Road, was the first of two. A second meeting was held Nov. 18 at the same location.

The meetings came on the heels of a Dublin City Council decision Nov. 6 to postpone a vote on the district plan, after residents said they were unaware of what it entailed.

More than 35 residents attended the Nov. 15 open house, said Vince Papsidero, Dublin director of planning. A majority of the residents were from the Ballantrae neighborhoods, but some Llewellyn Farms residents also attended.

Papsidero said many of the comments focused on general traffic concerns, specifically the traffic signal at Eiterman and Shier Rings roads, and congestion on Dublin Road at Shier Rings Road.

"Regarding the West Innovation District, there were some comments regarding the amount of development reflected in the plan at build out, but staff shared that build out will occur over several decades and nothing is imminent," Papsidero said.

Other residents expressed confidence in Dublin's development standards, he said.

Before getting into small groups for roundtable discussions, residents heard a brief presentation from city employees about the West Innovation District area plan, which Dublin Senior Planner Tammy Noble said was last updated in 2007.

In an 18-month process begun in April 2016, staff created a plan to set the stage for zoning code updates and design standards, she said. The plan itself doesn't change the zoning code.

On Dec. 4, Dublin City Council is slated to hear another presentation about the West Innovation District plan, at which city employees also will share public comment from residents who attended the open houses.

Dublin resident John Sanders said he was motivated to attend the Nov. 15 open house because he owns commercial property in the West Innovation District and just east of the district boundaries.

This is the second or third meeting about the subject he has attended, Sanders said, and the city's plans seem to address the flow of traffic for the long-term, he said.

"It all looks pretty on paper," he said.

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