The Northland Community Council development committee voted against approving a mix of apartments, condos and an assisted-living facility on a 60-acre parcel along Ulry Road -- which is just west of New Albany -- when the rezoning request came before the members in March 2015.

The Northland Community Council development committee voted against approving a mix of apartments, condos and an assisted-living facility on a 60-acre parcel along Ulry Road -- which is just west of New Albany -- when the rezoning request came before the members in March 2015.

A somewhat altered proposal came before the advisory panel last week, and the results were the same.

The vote, according to Chairman Dave Paul, was 16-0. One member abstained.

In a presentation, Todd Faris, president of Faris Planning and Design, pointed out that the Ryan Homes condo portion of the proposal had been scaled back from 135 units to 120.

The apartments to be built by Metro Development, initially at 250 units, have been trimmed to 244, Faris said.

He called these "concessions" on the part of both developers, but nearby residents who filled the meeting space said they didn't go far enough. Most voiced strong and unstinting opposition to any rezoning proposal that included more apartments in an area they think has too many already.

"These are not low-end apartments," Faris said. "These are luxury apartments."

William McCorkle, managing member of a family trust that has owned the property for more than three decades, also spoke at the meeting, saying changing times meant original hopes to develop the land with single-family homes had gone by the boards.

"My dad envisioned a totally different thing for this," McCorkle said. "Not one builder wants to come in and build single-family homes there. We think we've put together a really good, fair plan."

He said the proposal puts condos across the street from other condos and apartments.

"If I didn't have apartments next to me, I don't think I'd be here asking for apartments," he said.

That cut no ice with nearby residents who spoke out at the meeting.

"We don't want apartments in the community," Jared Brown of Preston Commons told McCorkle.

"The apartments are the sticking point; they have been the sticking point, and they will continue to be the sticking point," Blendon Chase resident Royal Morse said. "I think there's a better use for this property."

The rezoning request, which includes a 10-acre parcel of the overall 60-acre site under consideration for a senior citizen facility not yet determined, will go before the Columbus Development Commission on Feb. 11, according to Paul.