By Katelyn Sattler
City of Obetz officials are reviewing plans for the proposed development of a site on Williams Road.
Attorney Eric Fischer of National Investment Realty LLC, representing Creative Land Concepts and Tata Excavation, presented the site plan for the 2.77 acres at 1981 Williams Road to Obetz’s planning and zoning commission on Dec. 8.
Tata Excavation owns the property at 1941 Williams Road, a 3 acre lot matching the length and width of the 1981 Williams Road property. The company is considering buying the property next door and connecting the two lots for office buildings.
Obetz officials have concerns about the plan. The application states industrial zoning, which Obetz officials state is incorrect and that the site is zoned for offices.
An issue for the city is that trees on the property were cut down allegedly without a permit. City code states trees with a diameter at breast height of six inches or more need to be approved by the planning and zoning commission to be removed. The commission needs to see the application and design plans for office zoning to determine which trees can be cut down and which could have stayed. The replacement value of the trees that were removed is $100,000, so city officials indicated it will be up to the developer and owner of the property to negotiate this exchange. Building permits cannot be issued until the tree issue is resolved.
Because of the incorrect zoning on the application, city officials said the setback, total amount of pavement, and lighting plan are incorrect. Once the application correctly states office zoning, these plans may be correct, but the planning and zoning commission will need to evaluate. Other issues of concern for city officials include a curb cut and appropriate buffer.
The issue was tabled to allow the developer time to come back and present a new development plan.
The planning and zoning commission also heard from land use attorney David Hodge presenting JBM Development’s final site plan for the apartments going in on the former Wilburn farm, east of Lockbourne Road and north of Secrest Avenue. The preliminary plan was approved by the planning and zoning commission. Now the company is seeking final approval.
Hodge asked for relief on planting trees. Two hundred seven trees will be planted in the development, which is fewer than the 576 required trees. The other trees will be located on paths or in public open spaces, which will be deeded to the city.
Final approval was given with the following conditions: the company submits a signage and lighting plan, which should be approved by the administration; the paths are widened to 10 feet (from eight feet); and the truck turnaround and adequate access to the apartments is submitted to the Hamilton Township fire chief for approval.
The next planning and zoning commission meeting is Jan. 12 at 6 p.m., at 4175 Alum Creek Drive. The commission meets on the second Wednesday each month.