By Katelyn Sattler
Development planning continues to be active in Obetz and it kept the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission hopping at its Jan. 19 meeting.
1981 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 acre lot at 1981 Williams Road.
Tata Excavation owns the property at 1941 Williams Road, the 3 acre lot next to the 1981 Williams Road property. The company is considering buying the property next door and connecting the two lots for office buildings.
An issue is that approximately $100,000 worth of trees were removed allegedly without city approval.
Jery Quarles, who owns the property, said he wants to clean up the site, as mattresses and other items were dumped there. He wants to sell the property for personal reasons. The contractor he hired to remove some of the trees, but not all of them, was not bonded or insured.
While $100,000 worth of trees were removed, only $36,000 worth of trees would have been required to stay on the lot. Obetz Mayor Angela Kirk, Fischer, and Quarles negotiated the amount the property owner would need to pay into the city’s dedicated Tree Fund to pay for trees in other areas of the city.
Kirk asked Quarles what his comfort level is in paying for the trees. He said $20,000. Fischer suggested $18,000. Kirk said she’s willing to go lower, as she’s “not unaware of (Quarles’) situation.”
“I can appreciate your situation. I would say $15,000. I know that $15,000 is still a lot of money and I apologize that you got taken advantage of,” said Kirk.
All above-named parties, along with Obetz Law Director Gene Hollins and Obetz Community Services Director Stacey Boumis were comfortable with Quarles paying $15,000 to the Tree Fund.
The commission passed the site plan and variances. It does not need to go before Obetz City Council for approval because it is not a planned district.
Creek Bend at Warner Farm
Attorney David Hodge of Underhill & Hodge LLC presented the Pulte Homes Final Site Plan for the approximately 79 acres east of Lockbourne Road and south of Rathmell Road, across from Hamilton Township High School.
The subdivision will be named Creek Bend at Warner Farm, and the 33 acre park along the south edge will be called Wilburn Park – in honor of the Wilburn family who owned and farmed the land – and will be donated to the city.
While the city only proposed a fence be installed to the south of the development to separate it from the park, Hamilton Township Trustee Chris Hann, who owns the farm adjacent to the proposed development, has requested fencing along the northern and eastern edge to keep trash off his farm.
Regarding street names within the subdivision, Hodge said, “This is a weird story. Most of you have probably heard of the country music singer David Allen Coe. He’s from Ohio. He’s got a son named Tyler Mahan Coe, who has the podcast, ‘Cocaine & Rhinestones,’ about the history of country music. So, lots of things I recognize, like Louvin, Acuff, and Haggar, are all really historical Nashville, Tenn., country music roots names and most people probably aren’t going to pick up on that.”
He also asked if Ranger Drive was acceptable or if the school district would need to approve it.
“I wouldn’t think so. It’s not used over at the school complex,” said Kirk.
In addition, Hodge agreed to clean up the property line at lot #182, remove “faux shutters” from the design element, and change “village” to “city.”
While the model home style was acceptable as is, the layout was not approved.
The commission conditionally approved the site plan. It does not need to be approved by city council because only preliminary site plans are approved by council.
Big Walnut Run
Kevin McCauley, attorney for Stavroff Estates, was in COVID quarantine and unavailable to present the Big Walnut Run Final Plat Section 3, so the commissioners discussed it among themselves.
The development is on the Bixby Road side of the intersection of Groveport and Bixby Roads, adjacent to Fairchild Estates.
The plat map divides the land regarding lot lines, easements, and roads, for the acceptance of public infrastructure.
The only issue found with the plan was to list the properties as residing in Obetz, not Groveport, although the students within the subdivision will attend Groveport Madison Schools.
The final plat was approved by the commission. It now goes to city council to approve because it includes public infrastructure.