Grove City Council again has tabled legislation related to the proposed Farmstead residential development.
Council on Feb. 19 postponed until March 4 a vote to approve planned-unit-development zoning for the Farmstead site, the annexation of the development area from Jackson Township to Grove City and a development plan, and agreed to offer the developer more time to address concerns regarding the project’s density and a potential site for an elementary school building.
Grand Communities is proposing to build the Farmstead development on 209.5 acres on the west side of Jackson Pike (state Route 104) and north of Scioto Meadows Boulevard.
The developer plans to build 535 homes, which would be divided into nine subareas. In all, 415 single-family homes and 120 attached single-family units are proposed.
Council initially was expected to vote on the legislation Jan. 22 but tabled the measures to allow a community meeting to be held to address concerns that council members and residents have raised.
The community meeting was held Feb. 7.
At the Feb. 19 meeting, council member Ted Berry continued to voice his opposition to the developer's plan to include apartments and multifamily housing in the subarea of the development in the southeast portion of the project area.
Those types of residences would not fit in with the "suburban low-density housing" that the GroveCity2050 community plan adopted last year states would be appropriate for the portion of the city where Farmstead would be built, Berry said.
A revised zoning text agreed to by city staff and the developer was forwarded to council just hours before the meeting.
Council President Steve Robinette said he had not yet read and reviewed the revised document and would have voted no for that reason.
The postponement will give the developer time to work with the city to determine if a compromise could be reached that would address the density concerns but still be economically viable for Grand Communities, Berry said.
An ordinance to approve a developer’s agreement also was given a first reading and is expected to be considered with the other legislation March 4.