A public hearing for a rezoning request that would allow a 41-home subdivision on Havens Corners Road is scheduled during the Jefferson Township trustees meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.
The trustees will meet at the Jefferson Township Fire Station, 6767 Havens Corners Road, in Blacklick.
Applicant Gioffre Cos. has requested a 17-acre parcel be rezoned from restricted suburban residential district to planned residential district, allowing the subdivision on what is known as the Stratton property at 6020 Havens Corners Road.
The 17-acre site is on the north side of Havens Corners Road, west of Mann Road near the intersection of Havens Corners and Taylor Station roads.
Township trustee Mike Rowan said the proposal has pros and cons because its location makes it a difficult property to develop.
The application request by Gioffre, a Dublin developer, calls for "empty-nester patio homes on private streets" for property owned by Christy Lynn Stratton, trustee of the Mary Ellen Stratton Trust.
The property consists of an old farmhouse, several outbuildings that are in disrepair and pasture, according to the development text.
In recent years, the property has been occupied by tenants.
Although the property is adjacent to the city of Gahanna and could be annexed to Gahanna for development, the applicant filed the rezoning application in hopes of keeping the property in the township for development as a housing community to serve its residents and others desiring to move there, according to the development text.
The text notes the proposed development has been designed to respect the township's rural character by maintaining large open green space along the eastern and southern boundaries of the property where it abuts Mann Road and Havens Corners Road and providing buffer areas from adjacent large lot neighbors.
The Jefferson Township Zoning Commission voted 3-0 on May 9 to recommend approval of the rezoning request to the trustees.
Township resident Scott Shroyer said the property has a great deal of history, and he views the development as too dense.
The home at 6020 Havens Corners Road was built in 1837 by an early settler named Isaac Souder, a carpenter from Virginia, according to a Rocky Fork Enterprise story dated July 12, 1978.
Souder lived in the home for 43 years and passed it down to his descendants, the Ealys, who sold it in 1951 to the Stallmans, according to newspaper archives.
In 1966, Dr. Robert and Mary Ellen Stratton bought the home.
Jefferson Township Zoning Administrator Charles McCroskey said, to his knowledge, the property and home aren't listed on any historical register.
Shroyer said the residence is the main building in the township with a great deal of history.
He said he knows something is going to be built, but he has concerns about additional traffic in an already congested area, as well as stormwater management.