Hilliard City Council approves Davidson Road rezoning request

HILLIARD, Ohio (WCMH) — More apartments are coming to Hilliard, and some reisdents are unhappy with the decision.

The Hilliard City Council approved legislation allowing for the development of 16 acres of land into a mixed-use development called “The Point” by a 6-to-1 vote Monday evening.

Vision Development has been working with City Council, City administrative staff, Planning and Zoning Commission and local homeowner groups since early 2014 on plans to develop the property located on the north side of Davidson Road at Trueman Boulevard.

The development will be mixed-use including 218 multi-family housing units and two acres of commercial area. Also included in the development is the extension of Edwards Farm Drive that will connect Hayden Run Road to Trueman Boulevard. Officials believe this investment in transportation will have an immediate, positive effect on economic development in the area while proving much needed housing choices for our growing workforce.

Dozens of Hilliard residents were opposed to the request at the Monday meeting. They say it will create overcrowding issues at Hilliard City Schools and higher taxes.

Council heard the first reading of the rezoning legislation, the developer’s agreement and the service payments in lieu of taxes legislation on July 13, 2015. Council passed the legislation, after public comment, at the second reading on August 24th.

In a press release, the City of Hilliard stated the legislation was passed at the second reading for the following reasons:

  • Prior to any building construction the developer has agreed to construct the public roadway that links Edwards Farms Drive to Trueman Blvd. (which boulevard has been stubbed at Davidson Road since 2005).
  • In addition, the new roadway will provide immediate access to a remaining 27 acres of land that fronts I-270, positioning this acreage for immediate commercial development.
  • Constructing the public roadway extension also makes development along Trueman Blvd. and in Mill Run along Fishinger Blvd. more attractive and accessible to a wider population as it creates a vital north-south roadway connection from Fishinger Blvd. to Hayden Run Road
  • Passage at the second reading will allow for roadway construction to begin immediately, making it more cost effective as it avoids construction during the winter months when cost overruns and delays are more likely to occur.

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