A special meeting for the Violet Township Zoning Commission to weigh in on a rezoning request for a proposed 269-house development on Toll Gate Road has been rescheduled for March 10.

The hearing will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Violet Township Wigwam Event Center, 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road NW, Pickerington.

It will take the place of a hearing that previously was slated for Feb. 18 but was postponed because the zoning commission lacked a quorum of members.

The commission is slated to review a rezoning request made by Rockford Homes Inc. and Palmieri Enterprise LLC, which are seeking to construct 269 single-family residences on 137.5 acres of undeveloped land east of Tollgate Road Northwest, south of Mamie Drive and west of Saylor Road.

In order to be able to move forward with the project as proposed, the companies have asked the township to rezone the land from R-2, single-family-residential classification to planned-district-residential classification.

Representatives of the companies requesting the change did not return phone calls requesting comment.

Violet Township Zoning Inspector Kelly Sarko said her office has taken no position on the proposal.

The zoning commission will make a recommendation to the Violet Township trustees on whether to approve the rezoning. The trustees then would schedule a public hearing to address the request.

"Once the township zoning commission makes a recommendation on the application, the case will be forwarded to the township trustees, and they will set a time and date for a public hearing on the application," Sarko said.

"The trustees do hold a public hearing on an application, regardless of the commission's recommendation."

Details of the proposed rezoning are online at violet.oh.us/i_want_to/download_view/rezoning_documents.php#.

The developers' application states they intend the project be similar to what's currently allowed for the areas, "... but due to the unique natural features of the property, the desire to preserve greater open space than code requirements and changing consumer preferences, a planned district rezoning is proposed."

The application goes on to state the rezoning would provide greater flexibility and encourage development of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, as well as facilitate higher percentages of open space preservation.

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