Powell Voters One Step Closer to Fighting Development at the Polls


Powell residents are trying a new tactic to fight back against a development to be built near some problem railroad tracks in Powell.

Powell council voted in June to approve Center at Powell Crossing development near where Olentangy Street crosses the tracks.

The development calls for 14,000 square feet of retail space and 64 apartments.

Some in the community don't want the traffic that would come with the development; they are also concerned about the impact on the schools and worried the community would lose its charm.

Now residents are pushing for voters to have the final say.

A few hundred Powell residents signed petitions in favor of an ordinance and referendum which would allow them to decide the future of the development.

The signatures have been validated by the Delaware County Board of Elections, but Powell City Council members first had to approve the validity of the resolutions.

Tom Happensack is one of three petitioners fighting to get the resolutions on the November ballot. He said, "We believe as petitioners there is a disagreement between the citizens and government as to what they want the city to be."

Council members unanimously approved the validity and sufficiency of both the referendum and the ordinance. Both resolutions will now go to the board of elections. If approved by the board, they will appear on the November ballot.

The petitioners also proposed an ordinance that would allow voters to amend the city charter, but council voted that proposal down.