Abbey Place gets OK’d: Subdivision will add 300 homes to Columbus

A city panel has approved a preliminary plat for a subdivision on the northwest side of Columbus that will bring more than 300 homes to the city.

The Columbus Plan Commission approved a preliminary plat Wednesday in a 9-0 vote for Abbey Place, which is being developed by Indianapolis-based Arbor Investments. The company plans to build 313 lots and 10 commons areas on 133 acres between Indianapolis Road and Interstate 65 near the Princeton Park subdivision.

Mike Campbell, vice president of land acquisition and development, approached the Columbus Plan Commission to request seven modifications from the city’s subdivision control ordinance, most of which were approved.

The modifications include:

Waiving the requirement to dedicate right-of-way and complete improvements along County Road 150 West.

Exceeding the 150-foot maximum length of a temporary dead-end road.

Reducing the minimum curb radius.

Reducing the dimension of a passing blister along Lowell Road.

Also among them is a modification to allow 56 lots to exceed the maximum 3-to-1 depth-to-width ratio. Those particular lots do not meet the requirements, the company said. The company also proposed an alternate planting design and sought to waive a requirement to connect to Princeton Park Drive, according to city planning documents.

The commission voted to approve the modification for Princeton Park Drive, meaning it will not connect between the two subdivisions, said Jeff Bergman, city-county planning director.

However, the commission denied a similar request to exclude connections for Remington and Heathrow Drives, also in Princeton Park subdivision. That means these two streets will be used to connect Abbey Place and Princeton Park subdivisions.

City leaders approved annexing 151 acres and rezoning the property for the subdivision earlier this year. The project has been discussed since last November when Princeton Park homeowners approached the city with concerns about increased traffic, resulting in Arbor developer Paul Claire to agree to conduct a traffic study.

Arbor Investments said it plans to construct a roundabout at County Road 200 West as part of the project, which will also include two parks, one of which will have fitness stations available for use.

The Arbor project is one of the biggest in Columbus since Shadow Creek Farms was approved in 1999 on 298 acres south of County Road 200S and east of Interstate 65. The subdivision, developed by Beazer Homes, has about 900 lots.

Bergman said the approval of Arbor’s preliminary subdivision was the last public step in the approval process. All other aspects of the project will be reviewed administratively without the need for a public hearing, he said.

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