Commissioners approved sewer plans for the Evans Farm development Thursday on the recommendation of Michael Frommer, director of sanitary engineering and development.
Officials said the building of houses could start in early June.
Frommer told commissioners there are three different sewer plans for the initial phase of the Evans Farm development.
Currently they are installing sewers to the Olentangy portion closest to the railroad tracks, he said. “This is the piece that will connect under the railroad tracks,” he said.
Frommer told commissioners that once the sewers are installed the storm sewers and water mains can be constructed. Construction cost for that portion of the sewer project is $203,645. That cost will be paid by the developers.
Commissioner Jeff Benton pushed for a time frame on when they might start seeing houses.
Tony Eyerman, developer who was sitting in the back of the room, confirmed that the goal is late spring to early June for the building to start. “If the weather cooperates our target is to have lots available by June,” he said.
Evans Farm broke ground July 30 for the 1,250-acre walk-able community off of Lewis Center Road in southern Delaware County.
According to the developer, Evans Farm breaks the mold of how housing developments have been designed and built. In addition to housing, plans call for retail shops, banks, grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance from the homes. The only thing each house will have in common will be a large front porch.
The community is situated in the middle of the Olentangy School District and within walking distance of Alum Creek State Park.
In other business commissioners:
• Approved an engagement letter from H.J. Umbaugh & Associates, certified public accountants, for municipal advisory services on the recommendation of Ferzan Ahmed, county administrator. “There’s a new trend where a lot of municipalities and public entities are using the services of a municipal advisor when it comes to new bonds and refinancing existing bonds … this is something they are doing to get better rates,” he said. “It’s a good move for the county.”
• Approved $250 in funds for request from Bob Lamb, economic development director, for the purchase of coffee, meals and refreshments for a meeting with the farm bureau and other community leaders.
Lamb said, the meeting is to highlight what has been going on in the county the past couple of years and “to hear from them what their needs are and how we better work together,” he said.
• Approved a lease amendment for secure storage facilities for the 2017 year at a cost of $36,400 on the recommendation of Kevin Savage, captain Delaware County Sheriff’s office.
• Amended the date and time of Thursday April 13, at 10 a.m. for the public hearing for consideration of the Radnor Township #2015-1 watershed drainage improvement petition at the office of the county commissioners.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.