Delaware City Council considered two development proposals Nov. 25, but only one moved forward.

Coughlin's Crossing -- a roughly 80-acre residential and commercial development between U.S. Route 23 and Stratford Road that's been in the planning stages for years -- cleared two final hurdles.

Council members gave their nod to the project's development text agreement and amended the preliminary development plan.

A city planning fact sheet accompanying the agenda said the development will have 178 apartment units in nine primary buildings, plus office and commercial space.

City economic development director Sean Hughes called the project a much-needed mixed-use development that will have a "walkable format" similar to Delaware's downtown, with the potential of residents walking to their jobs at nearby offices.

Connie Klema of Development Plan LTD, the developer, said the project will have three access points with traffic signals on U.S. Route 23, and only a boulevard entrance will access Stratford Road.

Among other amenities, she said, the development will have a bike trail and a park open to the public. Romanelli and Hughes will be the builder, she said.

Klema and city planning director Dave Efland said the developer has had multiple meetings with neighbors of the project's site.

Council approved the project's first phase -- which dealt mainly with roads and storm sewers and did not cover building construction -- in June 2017.

Also on the Nov. 25 agenda were second readings of preliminary development plan and preliminary subdivision plat requests for another development, which failed to go to a final vote.

T&R Properties filed the request for Enclave at the Ravines at Olentangy, which would feature 87 single-family attached units on about 15 acres on the north side of Curve Road, west of Rochdale Run.

City engineer Bill Ferrigno told council about half the lots are within 1,000 feet of a Curve Road landfill; a fact sheet accompanying the agenda said the landfill closed in 1990.

He said a monitoring plan for explosive gas -- identified as methane, which potentially could leak from a closed landfill -- is in place.

The landfill, he said, has been closed far longer than the seven- to nine-year period in which gas leaks typically appear at closed landfills.

The fact sheet identified monitoring steps in place, including:

* Fifteen groundwater monitoring wells and two surface water monitoring locations subject to biannual sampling

* Four gas monitoring points on the landfill subject to biannual sampling

* Three gas monitoring points on the T&R property, sampled biannually.

All monitoring results are reported to the Ohio EPA, the fact sheet said.

Ferrigno said a meeting with the EPA is scheduled Dec. 9 as a followup to the gas monitoring plan.

Council member George Hellinger suggested Nov. 25 that council delay action on the ordinances until after the Dec. 9 meeting.

Ferrigno said the monitoring plan has no issues that require a meeting with the EPA. The meeting instead will include discussion of any possible plans, he said, such as a gas mitigation trench earlier proposed by the developer.

If such a trench were built, he said, questions would include what would it look like and where would it be located.

A motion to suspend the rules and give the ordinances a final vote failed 4-3, with Hellinger and council members Lisa Keller and Drew Farrell dissenting.

City attorney Darren Shulman said five affirmative votes were needed.

Shulman also told council the developers of Evans Farm Delaware LLC have asked that discussion of their petition to annex 43.847 acres to the city be delayed until Jan. 13.

City Manager Tom Homan on Nov. 11 told council Evans Farm has a New Community Authority collecting about 10.5 mills on property in the section of the development now built outside the city. That could conflict with the city's Delaware South New Community Authority, which collects 7.5 mills in that area of the city.

An NCA adds a millage assessment on properties within a designated area to raise money to improve that area, usually in the form of infrastructure. The city is using the Delaware South NCA millage to pay for Glenn Parkway.

Homan said the city and developer have discussed the issue, and Shulman said the developer is reviewing the city's alternate proposals.

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