The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's decisions to return to a summertime schedule and the city of Powell have attracted a bigger-than-average group of builders to the 2016 Parade of Homes.

The Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's decisions to return to a summertime schedule and the city of Powell have attracted a bigger-than-average group of builders to the 2016 Parade of Homes.

Next year's event will be held July 16-31 at Romanelli and Hughes' Verona development on the former site of the Shamrock Golf Club off state Route 750.

BIA Executive Director Jim Hilz said 16 builders -- the most since 2005 -- have agreed to participate in the showcase of the latest and greatest in housing design and construction.

"That says a lot about the site, the location, the developer -- all of it," he said.

The 2016 parade will mark the fifth time in the previous six years the event has been held in Delaware County.

This year's parade at Northstar Community near Sunbury attracted just six builders, even with a late-September start meant to attract more participants. It also failed to bring in bigger crowds, with Hilz estimating an attendance about 25 percent lower than the typical parade.

"Our attendance during the week was a little disappointing, (but) we had great weekend traffic," he said.

While BIA officials decided to go back to a more-traditional time frame in 2016, Hilz said the return to the Powell area is likely more responsible for creating interest among area builders.

"It's the (Olentangy Local) School District. It's the location right in the heart of Powell," he said. "There is a demand there."

The Powell area last hosted the parade in 2014 at the Trail's End neighborhood northeast of city limits in Liberty Township. Hilz said that location attracted "phenomenal" crowds.

Powell spokeswoman Megan Canavan said officials are excited to have the parade back within city limits for the first time since the late 1980s. She said she hopes the event inspires attendees to visit Powell's other neighborhoods and businesses.

"It's just a great opportunity for us to market the community," she said.

The site of next year's parade was located just outside of city limits until last spring, when Powell City Council voted to annex the 114-acre former golf course. The development's planned 166 single-family houses will sit off a busy stretch of Route 750 just northeast of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Hilz said visitors will be advised to use Seldom Seen Road instead of Route 750 to access the site.

Canavan said city employees will work with the BIA to help make sure traffic moves as smoothly as possible during the parade.