Housing, care facility plans clear first hurdle

Deliberations over a preliminary development plan for a proposed senior apartment community drew an overflow crowd to a public hearing in Pickerington City Hall on Oct. 11. The development, called Morehead Farms, would be located on a now vacant 54-acre parcel of farmland west of Diley Road and south of Windmiller Drive. The acreage is split-zoned commercial and agricultural. The developer, Treplus Communities, represented by attorney Glenn Dugger, were seeking to have the entire tract zoned Planned District. After the nearly two-hour public hearing ended, the Pickerington Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-0 to approve both the preliminary development plan, including the rezoning of the property to PD, and the preliminary plat for Morehead Farms. About 26.7 acres of the development will be dedicated to the construction of 108 multifamily units, which will be required to be compliant with the Housing for Older Persons Act.