A single-family neighborhood planned south of Adventure Park will not go forward after Powell City Council last week rejected a rezoning request from the developer.

A single-family neighborhood planned south of Adventure Park will not go forward after Powell City Council last week rejected a rezoning request from the developer.

Council on Dec. 1 unanimously voted against rezoning 5.4 acres south of Adventure Parkway and north of Depot Street from Residence District to Downtown Residence District. The change would have allowed developer On Mark Communities to build 25 houses on the site.

On Mark previously proposed to build 39 condo units on the site but later abandoned that plan in favor of single-family structures.

Multiple council members said their votes hinged on a decision by the developer to remove a proposed stub street on the south end of the property. The same change was endorsed by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, which voted 4-0 to recommend the rezoning in November.

Before the Planning and Zoning Commission's vote, city officials had pushed for the addition of the stub street as the first step toward the possible extension of Depot Street as a way to relieve traffic congestion in the area.

Councilman Richard Cline said he saw no reason to approve the zoning change after the possible connection was removed from the proposal.

"The city as a whole is gaining little to nothing from that development," he said.

Councilman Frank Bertone said he also did not want to abandon the possibility of extending the road north.

"To close off Depot (Street) ... is a concern for me," he said. "I think it's shortsighted."

Depot Street is one of multiple city streets identified in Powell's recently approved comprehensive-plan update as a site for a possible roadway extension to help relieve traffic congestion.

Other council members cited the proposal's density before voting against the zoning change.

Councilman Mike Crites said he thought the development would look out of place compared to existing houses in the area.

"I can't get past the fact that this subdivision ... just looks like it's shoehorned into the area," he said.

Multiple residents who own property near the proposed development told council they remained concerned about the possible extension of Depot Street.

Although the plan removed the stub street, Garry Swackhamer said nearby residents still feared Depot Street one day would run through the site.

"The bone of contention with us this time is the (Depot Street) extension," he said.

Tim Voss, who owns property on Case Avenue, said it's clear that Powell residents don't want projects similar to On Mark's in the downtown area.

"The people have twice voted down high-density housing in the downtown area," he said.

City voters passed a charter amendment in November 2014 to block the development of an apartment complex near the CSX railroad crossing on West Olentangy Street. Last month, residents voted to reverse council's decision to rezone the site of the former Powder Room shooting range to allow a developer to build single-family condos.