Hilliard City Council will wait until at least Sept. 24 to consider a rezoning proposal necessary for the construction of Hill Farm.
The development by M/I Homes would include 229 single-family residences on 207 acres on the north side of Scioto Darby Road, west of Elliott Road and east of Langton Road, in Brown Township.
At the request of Tom Hart, an attorney representing M/I Homes, council members voted 6-0, with Vice President Kelly McGivern absent, on Sept. 10 to postpone the rezoning application and a companion developer’s agreement to the next meeting, which is Sept. 24.
“We asked for a postponement because there were a lot of comments at (previous) public hearings and we wanted time needed to respond,” Hart said.
The ordinance approving the rezoning of 163 acres in the tract from rural residential to a conservation district was up for a third and final reading. The proposed development includes 44 acres that will remain in Brown Township as parkland.
Hart told council members M/I Homes is re-evaluating a developer’s agreement with Hilliard City Schools officials.
“We want council to consider (the results of those discussions),” Hart said.
It is possible, Hart said, that if the Hill family and the school district reach an agreement concerning the sale of land for a future school site, the development plan presented to council would include that use.
The school district is exploring the possibility of a school site adjacent to Hill Farm, according to an Aug. 27 letter from Superintendent John Marschhausen to council President Albert Iosue.
According to the letter, the district is considering swapping land it owns but “may be better served” purchasing property from the Hill family – former owners of the Hill Farm land – for a school site adjacent to the proposed development.
As proposed, the 207-acre site does not include a school site but an amended ordinance would include it, as well as an amended developer’s agreement, Hart said.
Iosue asked Hart to also use the additional time to respond to neighbors who have opposed the proposal at previous council meetings and who continue to communicate their concerns, including flooding, to he and other council members.