City gives initial approval to annexation, rezoning for large subdivision

Columbus city council has given initial approval to a large subdivision northwest of Columbus, but residents who live near the proposed development continue to question how the city’s infrastructure will handle an influx of about 300 homes.

More than 40 people attended the meeting Tuesday, which was moved to City Hall’s Cal Brand meeting room to handle the crowd.

Council members unanimously voted on first reading to annex the land, and then voted 4-3 vote in favor of an amended ordinance to rezone the property that will require the developer to meet certain commitments. Council members Frank Miller, Frank Jerome and Laurie Booher were the no votes on the rezoning.

Arbor Investments approached the city last fall seeking annexation for 154 acres for a proposed subdivision known as Abbey Place, between Indianapolis Road and Interstate 65 near the Princeton Park subdivision.

Nearby residents, many in Princeton Park, raised concerns over increased traffic and whether fire protection, water and sewer services would be adequate for the additional housing. The residents also questioned the effect on Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. enrollment and school overcrowding. The arguments led the council to table the issue two weeks ago to give council members time to do research on the residents’ claims.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com