Hilliard City Council will have final consideration of a rezoning application that would pave the way for 229 single-family residences on the north side of Scioto Darby Road, west of Elliott Road and east of Langton Road.

Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission members on Feb. 8 unanimously issued a positive recommendation for the rezoning of 207 acres for the Hill Farm development by M/I Homes.

As the final decision-maker, City Council could either accept or overturn the commission's recommendation.

Council members Les Carrier and Andy Teater were present at the meeting.

Teater said after the meeting "traffic and taxes are big concerns for residents, and I don't see how this helps either."

Commission members rendered their decision after almost an hour of discussion, during which several residents raised concerns about stormwater runoff and traffic.

Mayor Don Schonhardt, who is a member of the commission, called the development "a true asset for the community" and told residents no other developments nearby are likely "in the foreseeable future" because Hilliard has no agreement with Columbus to extend water and sewer service north or west of the Hill Farm site. It is next door to the Sid Griffith Equestrian Center at 7380 Scioto Darby Road in Brown Township, which also is on the north side of Scioto Darby Road.

City planner John Talentino said legislation approving the rezoning should be introduced to City Council in March and could be approved in April. A mandatory 60-day waiting period would be necessary for any referendum, Talentino said.

Read more about the decision in the Feb. 15 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.