Developer seeking delay on requests

An Indianapolis developer that has proposed building more than 300 single-family homes northwest of Columbus plans to ask a city panel to continue its application.

Arbor Investments intends to approach the Columbus Planning Commission at its 4 p.m. Wednesday meeting to seek a continuance of the company’s rezoning and annexation application, said Melissa Begley, assistant planning director with the city-county planning department.

The company is requesting to annex 151 acres in Columbus Township for a proposed subdivision, Abbey Place, between Indianapolis Road and Interstate 65 near the Princeton Park subdivision.

The firm is also seeking to rezone a portion of the property consisting of nearly 97 acres from residential single-family 2, or RS2, to residential single-family 3, or RS3.

The proposed development brought more than 40 people to Columbus City Hall on Nov. 9 when Arbor Investments pitched its plans to the Plan Commission. Many residents said they feared traffic problems in the area would worsen if the project were developed.

The developer of the project, Paul Claire, told the commission he would be willing to consider a traffic study after concerns were raised by audience members.

However, that traffic study has not been completed, which has led Arbor Homes to request the continuance, Begley said.

That request is subject to approval by the plan commission.

If the continuance is granted, the project could be revisited at the commission’s January or February meeting, she said.