A proposed rezoning ordinance that drew a large crowd of residents at the Feb. 10 Dublin City Council meeting is scheduled for a second reading at a Feb. 24 meeting.
The proposal requests the rezoning of 3.47 acres to develop 12 single-family residences in the Oak Park development west of Hyland-Croy Road and south of Mitchell-Dewitt Road, according to the city's website.
During the first reading of the ordinance Feb. 10, a large number of residents who live in the Oak Park development attended, said Christina Alutto, a Dublin City Council member.
"It was standing room only," she said.
A petition that residents submitted to council members that night showed that 94% of them are opposed to the rezoning request, Alutto said.
Melvis Houseman, said she was representing herself and other Oak Park residents at the meeting.
She said they have four major concerns. They include the "undue burden" on the Oak Park homeowners association for maintenance of private roads and the configuration of the proposed development, including the proximity of the residences, inconsistent tree lawn areas and driveway access to the main boulevard.
Houseman declined a request for additional comment when contacted after the meeting.
Chris Cline, who provides legal representation for developer Oak Park Dublin LLC, said the developer wants to change commercial zoning to residential zoning.
"That really held the development of the subdivision back," he said.
Construction on the Oak Park development began in 2010, and since then, residences have been built on 68 of the 72 single-family lots, he said.
Two 1.7-acre parcels sit "at the front door to the subdivision," Cline said. Oak Park didn't own the land and it was slated for commercial development, he said.
In 2006, Oak Park had planned to separate commercial development from single-family residences with 36 town homes, which were never built because of a lack of market depend, Cline said.
In 2017, Oak Park successfully petitioned the city to allow it to change the plan from 36 town homes to 20 villa lots, to cater to empty nesters, Cline said. The developer got approval, but has yet to build the villas, he said.
The planned commercial development was a "real drag" on marketing the subdivision because people didn't want to live next door to a commercial area, Cline said.
In June, Oak Park obtained the land slated for commercial development and wants to build 12 single-family residences on it, Cline said.
Residents are upset about maintaining the development's private streets, Cline said.
In 2006, there was an expectation that commercial tenants and Oak Park residents would share the cost of road maintenance, he said.
Should the city approve the rezoning to permit the 12 single-family homes on the land formerly slated for commercial use, residents would pay about 75 cents more per month on top of their HOA dues of $96 per month, Cline said.
He said city officials estimated turning a portion of the development's private road that runs parallel to Hyland-Croy into a public road would cost $500,000, a cost Cline said isn't feasible for a 12-lot addition.
Also on the Feb. 24 agenda for a second reading is an ordinance to rezone 24 acres north of McKitrick Road and east of Hyland-Croy Road for up to 56 single-family homes in the Tartan Ridge development. The first reading of the ordinance was held Feb. 10. No one spoke against the request.
The site is undeveloped, except for a stormwater-management pond installed as part of a previous phase of the Tartan Ridge development, according to a Feb. 4 memo to council. The site has trees and an abandoned silo.
In addition to the 56 homes, the proposal includes new public streets with sidewalks and open spaces, according to the memo.
About 7.9 acres of open space would feature shared-use path connections, a gazebo and amenity space and the expansion of a pond for use by the neighborhood.
DVC 6700 Associates, LLC & The Shoppes at Tartan Ridge LLC submitted the proposal, according to the planning application included in the memo.