Delaware City Council has unanimously approved a preliminary development plan for 196 single-family lots on 100 acres in the new Glenross North subdivision.
The property, which is just east of Glenn Parkway and north of the Glenross Golf Club, was annexed into the city in February. Council also approved rezoning the property from agricultural to one-family residential with a planned mixed use overlay.
“It’s pretty much table-top farmland at this point in time,” planning director David Efland told council at its Aug. 10 meeting.
In the center of the subdivision will be a park that is open to the public but maintained by the homeowners’ association. The park features a playground, gazebo and open spaces. The park would be built in the second phase of the subdivision.
The first phase of the development will have 68 lots.
“I think it’s a unique and interesting development,” Efland said.
“Everything about this is meant to be a continuation of Glenross. The goal is this going to look like a seamless extension of Glenross,” said David Fisher, counsel for developer Vincent Romanelli. “The green space at the southwest corner will be an extension of parkland in the Glenross subdivision. The goal there is the expansion of the (Glenross) community park in that area.”
Council member Joe DiGenova said that in the next four years, he’d like to see a 30- to 40-acre park in the area tied to a development.
“As we march northwest, all of us, the developer community and the planning department, keep a focus on that (a park) so we don’t get so far along that we don’t have plans for it,” Fisher said.
Fisher said there will be pillar marking at the entrances of Glenross North so people will know when they are going into a different subdivision.
Among the conditions for approval of the project was that the developer would build a 3- to 6-foot-high mound and wood fencing along Glenn Parkway between the two retention ponds on the western edge of the property; and a 10- to 12-foot-high mound installed adjacent to the railroad tracks; and install a bike path along Glenn Parkway.
No members of the public had a comment on the legislation.
The homes will cost an average of $350,000 to $375,000.