Dublin's Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed senior housing projects from two developers, providing informal feedback for one and tabling the second at the request of the applicant.

CORRECTIONS: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Schottenstein Real Estate Group's proposal. The plan includes only single-family homes. Also, Laura Comek's last name was misspelled.

Dublin’s Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed senior housing projects from two developers, providing informal feedback for one and tabling the second at the request of the applicant.

The commission Jan. 9 reviewed a concept plan for Bright Road Senior Development Partnership’s proposal to build a health-care and housing community for those ages 55 and older, featuring nursing-care facilities, independent-living units and a memory-care facility.

The site is 22 acres northeast of Bright Road at Emerald Parkway.

Dublin Planner Zach Hounshell said because this was the first step in the process for a planned unit development district, the commission members only provided informal feedback rather than taking a vote.

The proposal’s next step would be to seek rezoning and submit a preliminary development plan and preliminary plat, he said. At that point, the members would vote on the application.

A planned unit development district gives the developer an opportunity to define the parameters of the development and set standards, he said.

Commission members expressed concerns with building heights and the potential impact on traffic flow.

Commission member Rebecca Call said the shift from single-family houses to 5-story buildings is “not something that I would support.”

Those concerns also were expressed by residents who had spoken about the project during the Jan. 9 meeting.

Dublin resident Amy Kramb said she disliked the urban feel of the proposed project but appreciated that the land use wouldn’t generate more students for the Dublin City School District.

“We should not get above 3 stories,” she said.

The plan included buildings ranging from 2 to 5 stories.

The applicant, Randall Woodings of Kontogiannis and Associates, said he’d spent about nine months assembling the project, which targets the 55-and-older community.

A nursing home is a key component of the project, he said, to ensure that residents can age in place there. The project would have minimal impact to traffic, he said.

Commission members also expressed reservations about Schottenstein Real Estate Group’s proposal to build a senior-retirement community and residential community that would include 200 independent- and assisted-living beds plus 90 single-family homes. The site is 45.4 acres northeast of Hyland-Croy and Post roads.

The commission reviewed a rezoning, preliminary development plan and preliminary plat for that proposal.

Commission members unanimously voted 7-0 to table the project after Don Hunter, senior vice president of acquisitions for Schottenstein Real Estate Group, requested it do so.

Hunter requested direction for the project.

“We need to know,” he said. “We can’t keep guessing.”

This is the second time in as many months the commission tabled both cases at the applicant’s request; Dec. 12 was the first.

Commission members voiced a variety of concerns, including the effect the project would have on traffic and lack of detail in one of the project subareas – 200 units on 9.9 acres.

Although the plan called for the units to be designed as adult congregate-living facilities, the plan didn’t include a 55-and-older restriction for them.

Dublin resident Jodie Bahnub said adding more residential units would add more congestion near the Post Preserve neighborhood. She said the size of the residences could make them attractive starter houses for new families.

Hunter said the design of the houses and the size of the lots target empty nesters. He said the development would have a low impact on Dublin City Schools.

Commission vice chairwoman Kristina Kennedy said the area already is challenging during rush hour. She said she was in support of the rezoning request, but the proposed density was too high when compared to Dublin City Council’s adopted land-use plan for the area.

“That is a red flag for me,” she said.

Councilwoman Jane Fox said she thought the plan could use more architectural styles in the 200-unit subarea so that the structures wouldn’t appear homogenous.

Laura Comek, a legal representative for the Schottenstein project, said the applicant would consider the creativity of its architectural designs for the units and the other details discussed and would return to the commission.

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