The New Albany Co. is changing plans for development along the West Nine holes at the New Albany Country Club.

The New Albany Co. is changing plans for development along the West Nine holes at the New Albany Country Club.

"These plans are more reminiscent of the early country club communities," said Tom Rubey, development director for the New Albany Co.

The New Albany Planning Commission informally reviewed the West Nine development project April 18. Because the plans have changed from those previously approved, the commission must review and approve the project again.

Planner Michelle Murphy said the commission would review a new preliminary and final development plan, along with a final plat that shows the road layout. The application is slated for review May 16.

Murphy said only some of the changes would be forwarded to council.

"Since the zoning is already completed, council will not review the development plans, but will need to approve the plat," she said.

Rubey said the West Nine lots will range from 0.9 acre to 2-plus acres and will have views of the course and the clubhouse. The development will be built between the club and Clivdon developments, which are in Columbus city limits.

Rubey said the project would be developed in two phases, with the first phase extending southeast of Clivdon Mews to a large circle. That phase would include seven lots.

The second phase would include five lots farther east of the circle. It would include a road with a wooden bridge over the Rose Run stream. The road would end with a gate, which would be manned by country-club personnel. Beyond the gate, a golf cart path would extend east to the country club.

Planning commission chair Neil Kirby asked if cars would be prevented from entering the cart path. Rubey said the path be the same as the club's other golf-cart paths, which are wide enough for cars but are blocked from street entrances.

Rubey said the roads in the development would become city roads maintained by New Albany, including the wooden bridge that would span Rose Run.

New Albany council member Colleen Briscoe asked about maintenance and Rubey suggested an agreement similar to those other golf-club developments where the homeowners association agrees to replace damaged parts of the road. As an example, in Bottomley Crescent, he said, if a city truck with a snowplow damages a brick street, the homeowners association pays for the repair.

Rubey said the New Albany Co. wants to begin marketing the homes this year, working on an aggressive schedule to complete the project. Lots would begin at $400,000, he said.