Hilliard City Council on Oct. 22 is expected to withdraw a resolution that would have explored the commercial development of a portion of the city-owned Cross Creek Park, 3342 Hilliard-Rome Road, in front of Hilliard Crossing Elementary School, 3340 Hilliard-Rome Road.
The decision to walk back from a suggestion to rezone part of the park for possible use as medical offices came after dozens of residents from Columbus’ Cross Creek subdivision made emotional appeals Sept. 24 to Hilliard City Council.
Even more sent emails.
Council President Albert Iosue estimated he and other council members received “about 50 or 60 emails” opposing the proposal.
“The residents made their opposition clear,” Iosue said Sept. 26, adding the city administration suggested the legislation be withdrawn.
Councilman Andy Teater said he was not opposed to exploring a commercial use of the parcel, but he would adhere to the will of the residents.
“I heard from residents throughout the community who are opposed to it,” said Teater, including those in his own subdivision, Hoffman Farms, several miles away from Cross Creek Park. “The residents’ opposition was overwhelming."
Teater said he plans to keep an Oct. 10 meeting with Cross Creek residents to discuss how city leaders arrived at the proposal.
Councilman Tom Baker said he agrees with the decision to withdraw the proposal because “there is little open space” in that area, it is too close to Crossing Elementary School and it is in an area “challenged by traffic.”
The resolution authorized the Hilliard Development Corp. to act as the city’s agent for the purpose of rezoning 6.6 acres of the 10-acre Cross Creek Park.
It will appear on City Council’s Oct. 22 agenda with a notation for it to be withdrawn, law director Tracy Bradford said.
“My understanding is that they are all supportive of the resolution being withdrawn,” Bradford said Sept. 26.