A large residential development just south of Hilliard’s borders will wait a little longer for a rezoning recommendation from the Columbus Development Commission.
The commission on March 14 was expected to consider the rezoning application related to the construction of more than 1,000 single-family residences and apartments off Alton Darby Creek Road in Columbus, but it was tabled at the request of the applicants, according to Tom Hart, a zoning attorney representing the developers, Pulte Homes of Ohio and Harmony Development Group.
It was not tabled to any specific date.
“The applicants agreed to table the case after our presentation on land use and Big Darby Accord compliance to allow more analysis to be completed to address corridor traffic issues,” Hart said.
A traffic study was presented as part of the rezoning proposal, Hart said.
The development has no official name but has been referred to as Sugar Farms, a reference to the family who owned most of the land, or Renner South, a geographic reference.
The 369 acres are in Columbus and Hilliard City Schools boundaries.
The proposal for the Sugar Farms/Renner South development has received negative recommendations from two neighborhood advisory groups: the Far West Area Commission on Feb. 26 and the Cross Creek Village Civic Association on Feb. 6.
Those nonbinding recommendations were documented to the Columbus Development Commission, Hart said.
The commission, when ready, will make its own recommendation and all three will be considered by Columbus City Council, which has final consideration of the rezoning application, Hart said.
The developers are seeking planned-unit-development rezoning for the land.
The current proposal is for the construction of 1,108 single-family residences and apartments.
The 369 acres, annexed Jan. 28 from Brown and Norwich townships into Columbus, is mostly on the east side of Alton Darby Creek Road, south of Roberts Road and Hilliard.
The development also would include a 27-acre preserve on the west side of Alton Darby Creek Road and south of Renner Road.
Residents who have opposed the development include Sharon Rastatter, chairwoman of the Far West Area Commission, who on Feb. 26 said she had “unanswered questions,” including how stream restoration on the land would be performed.
“(Columbus Development Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick) suggested that a future development commission meeting be devoted only to this case,” Hart said March 15. “No date for that meeting has been set.”