The Columbus City Council has given final approval to a large subdivision northwest of Columbus. Arbor Homes submitted a plan to annex approximately 154 acres for the subdivision to be called “Abbey Place,” in the area of Indianapolis Road and Interstate 65 near the Princeton Park subdivision.
The proposed development would max out at 312 homes, but Mike Campbell, Arbor Homes vice president, says that he expects construction to be gradual. He estimated that it would be six to seven years, at approximately 50 homes each year, before the development is complete.
Opposition to the development from neighboring residents was largely absent during Tuesday night’s city council meeting, especially compared to the first readings of the ordinances two weeks ago.
Arbor officials agreed to a number of commitments for the development, including some that were requested by concerned neighbors. They include improvements to and a roundabout for County Road 200 West, additional right-of-way at the intersection of CR 200W and Lowell Road, at least 13 acres of open space on the east side of CR 200W and a promise that all lots bordering the Princeton Parks subdivision will meet the standards of the “R2” zoning. The rest of the development would be under “R3” zoning standards. Another aspect agreed to by both parties was the establishment of a “knock-down barrier” on a proposed north/south street east of CR 200W. In addition, the council is “strongly recommending” that the Columbus Plan Commission consider the closure of vehicular traffic of potential street connections between the new development and the Princeton Park subdivision.
The council’s votes for annexation and rezoning were unanimous.