Residents will have the opportunity Nov. 25 to weigh in on the $275 million Alton Place mixed-use development proposed in western Hilliard.
The development would be on 343 acres north of Roberts Road and west of Alton Darby Creek Road. The land was annexed into Hilliard in February 2009.
"It's not a small development and will be a significant addition to Hilliard," said developer Dwight McCabe of the McCabe Cos.
McCabe describes it as a "cradle-to-grave" development, with housing options and on-site amenities for people in all stages of life.
Legislation rezoning 343 acres from rural residential to a Hilliard Conservation District and adopting a developer's agreement with Dublin-Cosgray LLC is scheduled for a second reading and public hearing by Hilliard City Council at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.
Both ordinances were introduced and received a first reading Oct. 28.
As proposed, Alton Place has 148 single-family lots and 297 attached residential units. Fifty-three acres are set aside for commercial use and 172 acres would be left open, according to the proposal the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission considered almost six months ago.
Although more than 50 acres are set aside for commercial development, only about 32 acres will be developed, McCabe said.
"Some of this area is wetland, which will not be developed, and additional areas will not be developed at all due to tap limitations," he said. "So the actual overall commercial area is closer to 32 acres."
On May 9, the seven-member commission voted 5-0 to recommend that council approve the proposed rezoning. Mayor Don Schonhardt and commission member Jay Muether were not at that meeting.
Since then, the developers completed a traffic study and a draft of a developer's agreement for council to consider, said Glen Dugger, an attorney representing McCabe.
"It's a heavy lift," Dugger said of the 100-plus-page traffic study that includes 26 intersections in multiple jurisdictions, including the cities of Columbus and Hilliard and unincorporated Franklin County.
McCabe outlined the development Oct. 28 in a similar manner to the proposal he made to the planning and zoning commission in May.
A signature feature of the development would be a "wharf front" of residences built on the shores of a lake, McCabe said.
The development would include professional offices, personal services, such as barbers and salons, and restaurants, he said.
McCabe told ThisWeek he met individually this summer with each adjacent property owner – a number he estimated at 12 – to discuss the proposal before presenting to council.
He said he found no significant opposition to his development.
The density of the development would be about 1.3 acres per unit, slightly higher than the 1-unit per acre standard in the city's comprehensive plan for the conservation district in which it is located.
However, "density bonuses," such as green space in excess of the minimum requirements, allow for slightly greater density, Hilliard city planner John Talentino said in May.
Council member Nathan Painter on Oct. 28 pressed McCabe to quantify the residence-to-business ratio for the development, and McCabe said it was difficult to do so, but the commercial component is "critical."
"We're not just dropping sticks and bricks. ... We are building a place that people want to live," McCabe said, and that would include a variety of commercial and retail services.