Update from May 1 Special Development Commission Meeting for this item:
The Columbus Development Commission approved rezoning request Z18-058 by a 4-1 vote May 1. Concerned about the “we hope to see” aspects of the plan (timing and funding for traffic improvements, stream restoration, the unknown multi-family developers, and more), the Commissioners requested the applicants (Pulte Homes and Harmony Development Group) provide the Development Commission with ongoing updates before it goes before Columbus City Council for a vote (which could be in as soon as a month). Commissioners noted they had been “burned before” in not requiring follow-up before an item they’ve approved goes to Council, and want to ensure this does not happen with this case.
THANK YOU to all who’ve sent emails regarding this proposed development — your input was referenced in the questions Development Commissioners asked of the traffic, utilities, and recreation and parks departments, as well as of the applicants (Pulte and Harmony). It was clear they had read them and wanted more answers. Without your input, they would not know what concerns residents or what questions to ask of city staff and the applicants (developers).
THANK YOU to all who attended last night — that was quite a full audience and the Development Commission takes notice of citizens’ participation. It’s tougher to ignore a room full of residents than a gallery filled with empty chairs.
Chairman Michael Fitzpatrick made clear at the start of the meeting that the Development Commission would vote strictly on whether the intended use of the land constitutes an appropriate use (per zoning regulations). (In other words, residential zoning in an area where residential zoning already exists.)
The Far West Side Task Force will be included in the email updates between the applicants and the Development Commission, and will continue to provide updates as we receive them.