A decision about rezoning the Jacquemin Farms site has again been delayed.

A decision about rezoning the Jacquemin Farms site has again been delayed.

The multiuse plan, which developer Schottenstein Real Estate said has been in the works since 2012, went before the Jerome Township Board of Trustees for the first time Nov. 30 asking to rezone the 60-acre site from rural to planned development.

The plan went before the Jerome Township Zoning Commission three times during the summer and fall before gaining approval.

The Jerome Township trustees continued a public hearing about the rezoning until 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

The rezoning would usher in 300 multifamily units, senior living and retail on 60 acres on the west side of Hyland-Croy Road, north of Post Road and south of Glacier Ridge Metro Park, where the Jacquemin Farmers Market currently sits.

According to township zoning inspector Gary Smith, about 36 acres of the site would be used for multifamily housing, 11 for senior housing and another 11 acres would be designated for retail, including a Jacquemin Farmers Market.

Paul Jacquemin told the trustees farming on the land is no longer viable because of wildlife invading the fields where corn, pumpkins and strawberries are grown.

"Our intention is to stay in the community," he said, adding the development could allow the family to expand the business with a coffee shop or bakery.

The zoning commission heard several concerns from neighboring residents across Hyland Croy Road. They raised questions about traffic and the impact on schools. Residents returned to tell the trustees about those concerns.

"The impact to the school district is an understatement here," Andrew Diamond said.

"It would add a large amount of students to an already overcrowded school system."

Don Hunter, representing the Schottenstein Real Estate Group, however, said numbers from the school indicate the 300 apartments and townhomes in the development would generate 30 to 60 students. The development is also expected to generate $750,000 to $1 million in property taxes for the school district, he said.

"There is very little impact on the school district in terms of students, but very big in terms of revenue," Hunter said.

Traffic also remained a major concern among residents, who said Hyland-Croy Road is already busy.

A traffic study from Schottenstein Real Estate Group is still underway as the developer works with Union County, Jerome Township and Dublin to find a solution for the busy corridor.

Hunter said the Schottenstein Real Estate Group will make a financial contribution to a traffic solution and a number could be decided on once the new zoning is in place.

Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel, however, suggested putting the rezoning on hold until a traffic solution can be worked out, and for more work to be done in a new Jerome Township, Union County and Dublin group that is looking at plans for the Hyland-Croy area.

"Zoning done ahead of infrastructure issues being worked out is backward," McDaniel said, adding that Jerome Township allowed Costco to be built at Dublin Green before infrastructure in the area was improved.

"It forced us to advance funding that is not in our (capital improvement program) ... we simply ask to spend more time talking about the zoning."

Trustee Ron Rhodes called McDaniel's request unfair and said he supports the plan because the township does not have multifamily options this plan would provide.

"We're in a situation that we do not have any multifamily housing," he said, adding that young people and seniors have no place to live in the township.

"With the rapidly changing demographic, we need to prepare for that now," Rhodes said.

Trustee Joe Craft asked for more time to process the information presented and also asked for information about fire department response times for the proposed development as well as more traffic information.

The public hearing was then continued until Dec. 23.