Arbor gets OK for subdivision

An annexation and rezoning proposal that will allow Arbor Homes to add about 300 homes in a subdivision northwest of Columbus has been approved.

Columbus City Council on Tuesday approved plans for the subdivision including a fiscal plan resolution certifying the city is capable of providing services to the area, annexation of 163.26 acres for the new Abbey Place subdivision and rezoning the property to allow a higher density of homes for the development.

The new subdivision is on the east and west sides of County Road 200W, south of Lowell Road in Columbus Township.

Council President Frank Miller said he applauded the developers and the residents of Princeton Park in working out a solution and finding a way to compromise on concerns about the density of homes and the boundary between the two subdivisions. Nearby residents, many in Princeton Park, also had raised concerns over increased traffic and whether fire protection, water and sewer services would be adequate for the additional housing.

The amended ordinance for the rezoning came with the stipulation that Arbor Homes would not be rezoning 15 lots that are next to the Princeton Park subdivision, meaning the maximum number of homes per acre there would remain at 3.5, instead of the 5 allowed on the rezoned acreage.

The amended ordinance requires the tree line and vegetation in the border between Princeton Park and the Arbor Homes property would also be preserved.

In an earlier meeting, Mike Campbell, Arbor Homes vice president of land acquisition and development, said the company plans to build a roundabout at County Road 200W and Lowell Road to ease traffic concerns.

Campbell reminded the council that the entire 300-home project would not be built at one time but phased in with 40 homes being built in 2018, and then 50 homes added each year until 2023, according to a construction timeline.

What's next

  • Arbor Homes has filed a request for supplemental annexation for property at 3855 N. County Road 200W that was originally excluded from the Abbey Place project. Arbor now wants the city to annex and rezone the property to Single Family Residential 3. The company’s request received a favorable recommendation from the Columbus Plan Commission on June 14 and will be considered by the Columbus City Council at 6 p.m. July 18.
  • The Abbey Place Subdivision Preliminary Plat, a layout of the lots, streets and other development features, will be considered by the Columbus Plan Commission at 4 p.m. July 12 at City Hall. If the City Hall’s elevator is not fixed by that date, the meeting will be at Donner Center.
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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.