Another age-restricted housing development could be coming to New Albany.

Epcon Communities on Dec. 27 applied to the city of New Albany to rezone 35 acres at 7100 New Albany Condit Road (state Route 605), near Central College Road. The property is owned by Yerke Real Estate.

The 105-unit development also would come with a mandate, according to the federal Housing for Older Persons Act, that all the units have at least one person age 55 or older, said attorney Aaron Underhill, who is representing Epcon.

The homes in the development would cost around $375,000, he said.

Depending on when all approvals are in hand, construction could start as early as fall or as late as spring 2019, and build-out of the community could take three to four years, Underhill said.

The New Albany Planning Commission on Feb. 21 issued a conditional approval to rezone the property from a comprehensive planned-unit development to an infill planned-unit development. The dozen conditions listed included architectural, design, landscaping and planning tweaks.

New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee said the timeline moving forward is uncertain because the rezoning application would go to New Albany City Council for approval only after the conditions are met.

"All of the conditions of approval must be satisfied prior to being scheduled for City Council's second reading of the rezoning," city planner Stephen Mayer confirmed in an email.

In addition, New Albany's parks-and-trails advisory board and the planning commission would need to approve a final development plan, Mayer said, and City Council would have to sign off on the final plat.

Zoning details

In addition to the 55-year-old age specification, Epcon plans to restrict anyone under the age of 21 from living in the community, Underhill said. With those two restrictions, the development should not generate any students for the New Albany-Plain Local School District, he said.

Should the eventual zoning designation not include the age-21 restriction, Epcon has estimated that five students would be added to the district, Underhill said.

Superintendent Michael Sawyers said he was confident in a minimal impact to the school district because of the project's careful planning regarding age-restricted zoning.

Nottingham Trace, a 240-single-family-home community by Pulte Homes, also has an age restriction. The planned development is on 90 acres off Schleppi Road, near the new Rocky Fork Metro Park in northern Plain Township.

The zoning on the land requires that at least 80 percent of the units within the development must have one occupant who is at least 55 years old.

New Albany City Council on Nov. 28 gave Pulte Homes approval to move forward with the first phase of the subdivision. Underhill said the age restrictions for both Pulte and Epcon are both by deed and by zoning.

Under the Epcon property's requested planned-unit-development classification, an applicant submits detailed zoning regulations particular to the site and files them along with the application, he said.

Epcon's zoning text includes the age restrictions and provides that, if the requirements are not followed, zoning violations could be issued by the city, Underhill said.

Pulte's project used the same approach, he said.

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