The developers of more than 1,000 proposed single-family residences and apartments in Columbus just south of Hilliard and off Alton Darby Creek Road are expected March 14 to present the plan the Columbus Development Commission.
They will do so with negative recommendations from two neighborhood advisory groups.
The Far West Area Commission on Feb. 26 unanimously rejected the proposal for the Sugar Farms/Renner South development.
The nonbinding recommendation, along with a negative recommendation Feb. 6 from the Cross Creek Village Civic Association, will be documented to the Columbus Development Commission, according to Tom Hart, a zoning attorney representing the developers, Pulte Homes of Ohio and Harmony Development Group.
The Columbus Development Commission will make its own recommendation and all of them would be considered by Columbus City Council, which has final consideration of the rezoning application, Hart said.
Developers are seeking planned-unit-development zoning for the land.
“I have a quite a few unanswered questions,” said Sharon Rastatter, chairwoman of the Far West Area Commission.
They included, she said, clarity on stream restoration on the 369-acre site, which on Jan. 28 was annexed by Columbus City Council from Brown and Norwich townships.
The land is in Hilliard City Schools boundaries.
Commission member Kristen Hosni said she wants the development to include a school site.
A school building remains a possibility, Hart said, but it has not been revisited since an early, preliminary conversation with school district administrators when the annexation petition was filed in August 2018.
Residents at the meeting, held at Hilliard Horizon Elementary School, 6000 Renner Road, had other concerns.
“I’m tired of apartments,” said Shannon Johnston of Hickory Hill Drive.
Hart said the apartment component was required to make the development feasible.
“Density pays the bills,” Hart said.
He said the traffic woes the area already experiences would be alleviated by the revenue the development would generate through a $2,500 impact fee levied on each dwelling unit and a continuing annual community-authority fee of $500 to $700 per unit.
Francis Brezny, an engineer and a Spindler Road resident, said traffic congestion requires construction of an Interstate 70 exit for Alton Darby Creek Road.
Such a project would require the involvement of the Ohio Department of Transportation and is not part of the current proposal, Hart said.
A traffic study has been completed as part of the rezoning and development proposal, he said, but residents were not placated.
“It’s just common sense, not someone studying a map,” Tom Daniels of Renner Road said about the number of cars he watches pass his driveway.
The 369 acres mostly are on the east side of Alton Darby Creek Road, north of Interstate 70 and south of Roberts Road, all south of Hilliard. The development also would include a 27-acre preserve on the west side of Alton Darby Creek Road and south of Renner Road.