The developer of a proposed mixed-use development to be known as Alton Place will seek a rezoning recommendation March 14 from the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission.

The development would be on 343 acres north of Roberts Road and west of Alton Darby Creek Road in Hilliard, according to Dwight McCabe of the McCabe Cos.

McCabe said it would be a "cradle-to-grave development," with housing options for people in all stages of life.

"This has been in the works for a long time," he said.

McCabe walked commission members through an informal presentation Feb. 14. It included a video of the imagined development from a bird's-eye view and at street level.

"I like the concept," said commission member Bill Uttley, one of the four members of the seven-member commission present.

Just how many residences he is planning remains unclear. McCabe would not comment on the number or the residential density – a measure of the number of units in an area of a certain size – when asked by commission member Chris Lewie or ThisWeek.

The 343 acres were annexed into Hilliard in February 2009, according to Hilliard city planner John Talentino.

Homewood Corp., a homebuilder, owns the land. It is zoned rural residential, McCabe and Talentino said.

The McCabe Cos. has a purchase option with Homewood that is contingent upon its rezoning, McCabe said. A traffic study is complete and will be presented to the city as part of the rezoning application, he said.

McCabe said his formal presentation would include a planned-unit-development rezoning request for the $275 million project.

Hilliard City Council would have final consideration of the rezoning application.

The Big Darby Accord Advisory Panel on Dec. 11 issued a unanimous positive recommendation for the proposal, McCabe said.

John Bryner, Hilliard's representative on the panel, said Alton Place received the panel's support because it met the overall density recommended for the area, which is one unit per acre.

However, the development could have more units in some areas as long as the total overall density is one acre per unit, Bryner said.

Hilliard is one of 10 local governments that created the Big Darby Accord in 2004 to preserve and protect the Big Darby Creek and its tributaries in western central Ohio, according to bigdarbyaccord.com.

The accord panel – which includes representatives from the cities of Columbus, Grove City and Hilliard, Brown, Norwich, Pleasant, Prairie and Washington townships, the village of Harrisburg and Franklin County – issues nonbinding recommendations on developments.

McCabe describes Alton Place as a "forward-thinking, resident-centered neighborhood and village center."

The development will include professional offices, restaurants and retail, he said.

A signature feature of the village center would be a "wharf front" of residences built along the shores of a lake, McCabe said.

About half of the 343-acre development would be set aside for the protection of the site's natural features, he said.

Though McCabe would not quantify the development's density or number of residences, he acknowledged Alton Place's location in a conservation district and that a limit on available water and sewer taps would govern density.

"I don't want to start focused on density" but rather "on a achieving a great plan," he said.

Alton Place would be just north of another planned development known both as Sugar Farms or Renner South, which would have 1,108 single-family residences and apartments on the east side of Alton Darby and south of Roberts Road.

Sugar Farms/Renner South recently was annexed into Columbus from Brown and Norwich townships, but it also is in the Hilliard City Schools boundaries. It still must be presented to the Columbus Development Commission for a rezoning application, which would be considered for final approval by Columbus City Council.

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