Residents are pushing back against a developer’s plan to build a high-density subdivision of more than 300 houses in northwest Columbus.
Arbor Investments of Indianapolis is asking the city to annex 151 acres in Columbus Township to build the subdivision. They are also seeking to rezone 97 acres of the land. That would allow for smaller lot sizes and increase the number of homes per acre to five.
Residents of the neighboring Princeton Park subdivision are concerned the rezoning changes will lead to traffic troubles down the road.
Vice President of the Princeton Park Homeowners Association Jack Head says the subdivision will increase traffic along Lowell Road, which he says many motorists from State Road 46 use to bypass train crossings.
“We recognize that eventually people will be living next to us in another subdivision. That’s part of the long-term plan,” Head says. “It’s the number of houses and the way they’re going about it.”
Columbus Planning Director Jeff Bergman says the Plan Commission has considered these concerns when making changes to Arbor Investments’ requests
“The Plan Commission, upon hearing the requests from Arbor and the concerns of the neighboring property owners, did place a number of conditions on the rezoning,” Bergman says.
These include reducing the number of lots allowed and requiring Arbor Investments to make road improvements.
Bergman also says he does not believe the state budget language halting Bloomington’s annexation plans will affect these requests.
The Columbus City Council will consider the requests Tuesday.