Another Powell referendum could be on ballot

Residents want condos stopped

By Dustin Ensinger

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A group of Powell residents has again banded together to stop a high-density development in the city.

Powell City Council earlier this month unanimously approved a measure to send petitions to the Delaware County Board of Elections to certify a November referendum that could overturn the zoning that was approved to make way for a 47-unit condominium development at the site of the former Powder Room shooting range.

Council in May approved the zoning and development plans at the 8.75-acre site near Powell Road, both of which could be subject to the will of the city’s voters if enough valid petition signatures were collected.

Brian Ebersole, who is behind the effort, could not be reached for comment.

However, through a similar referendum effort, he and a group of citizens last year successfully put the brakes on a 64-apartment unit development that would have been accompanied by 16,400 square feet of retail space on just more than eight acres at 147 W. Olentangy St.

At the time opponents of the development said they were concerned that the development would add traffic to the area and put a further burden on the Olentangy Local School District.

The opponents were also successful in passing a charter amendment that creates a commission that includes five homeowners associations’ presidents to draft the city’s next comprehensive plan. Opponents at the time said their aim was to stop high-density housing from being built in the city

The charter amendment, which the city originally opposed, is currently being challenged in federal court.

Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.

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