City eyes Glenross plan tonight


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



Delaware City Council tonight will consider and review several requests from a developer for a housing project on the southeast side of the city.

Council will have third readings for three ordinances concerning a portion of the Communities at Glenross on the south side of Cheshire Road between the Glenross Golf Club and railroad. Pulte Homes intends to develop the 210.7 acres into 487 single-family homes.

At the last meeting, some council members had concerns about the number of access points into the subdivision for first responders in case of an emergency, prompting the developer to work with city staff to address the problem. Original plans had a roundabout to enter and exit the community.

In a memo to council, city Planning Director Dave Efland said staff have worked with Pulte to determine another access point.

“During the first final development plan and plat for this area, the applicant and staff will need to work through the details of this proposal but for purposes of the actions pending before City Council currently, staff is satisfied,” he said.

Efland said his staff has worked with Pulte to address other concerns, including materials used for the detached condominiums, which will use a higher and thicker quality of vinyl siding material. Pulte agreed to reflect in the preliminary plan a spot for a “pocket park” on the west side of Winterbourne Drive south of the condos should a future Home Owners Association want to install one, he added.

Council will also consider Pulte Homes’ request to approve the final development plans and subdivision plats for another 129 homes in the northern portion of the Communities of Glenross on Cheshire Road along with a pool house and recreation area. The planning commission unanimously approved the requests at its meeting last Wednesday.

In other business, council will:

• Consider legislation to approve a community reinvestment area and school compensation agreements with Symmetry II LLC, Delaware City Schools and Delaware Area Career Center for investment in real property improvements. Symmetry II building, once completed, could house up to 10 tenants. Council will consider similar agreements for the Sky Climber building.

• Consider authorizing the city manager to enter into a renewal of the Law Enforcement Support Office Program. LESO facilitates the program, which originated from the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal 1997, to transfer excess Department of Defense property that might otherwise be destroyed to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories. Of all the excess equipment provided through the program, 5 percent are weapons and less than 1 percent are tactical vehicles. More than 8,000 law enforcement agencies have enrolled in the program.

Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in the City Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, at 1 S. Sandusky St.

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.