M/I Homes of Central Ohio LLC has filed an application with Jefferson Township for 75 homes on 62.1 acres along Darling Road.

M/I Homes of Central Ohio LLC has filed an application with Jefferson Township for 75 houses on 62.1 acres along Darling Road.

The property recently had been considered for annexation and development by the city of Gahanna.

Jefferson Township trustee Mike Rowan said a rezoning application was submitted Aug. 26 for the development that would have a density of 1.2 lots per acre, just under that of nearby Kitsmiller Crossing.

He said the application includes 29.3 acres of open space, which is 47 percent.

Trustee chairman Rich Courter said he's happy M/I decided to file back with the township.

"It belonged here all along," he said.

Gahanna City Council earlier this month indefinitely tabled a pre-annexation agreement with M/I Homes for the development of about 93 houses on 63 acres off Darling Road.

That proposal stirred discontent among some nearby residents who said the development didn't complement surrounding neighborhoods.

"The filing of this rezoning application with the township indicates a willingness on the part of the developer to work with the township and the residents to create a development in which we can all take pride," a Aug. 31 press release from the township's board of trustees stated. The board includes Courter, Rowan and Claire Yoder.

"The trustees are pleased M/I Homes has submitted the project to the township, and we commit to work with all parties to pursue an end result that is a win-win for all concerned," the press release said.

The zoning department is processing the project, which will proceed through the Franklin County Planning Commission and the Jefferson Township Zoning Commission, which could make recommendations concerning the project to the trustees.

Courter said Oct. 20 is the earliest Jefferson's zoning commission would hear the case.