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New Albany Planning Commission Meeting 1-22-2020

The topic of the rezoning of 6678 Central College Road (known as “The Lions Club Building”) has been moved from the agenda for the 1-22-2020 meeting. Updates to the timing will be posted here as they are made available.

Please click here to read the details of the Rocky Fork Blacklick Accord meeting which took place 1-15-2020.

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Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord Implementation Panel – 1-15-2020

Thanks to all that attended the meeting to oppose the re-zoning of the property at 6678 Central College Road (Known locally as “the lions club Building”) tonight! THE RFBA DID NOT SUPPORT THE REZOING OF 6678 CENTRAL COLLEGE ROAD.

The attorney presented the plans for the property, and attendees had an opportunity to ask questions of the owner, and ~14 folks spoke to dissuade the recommendation panel from recommending a rezoning of this property.

There were some miscommunications in the original zoning application which are detailed below specifically:

  • Operating hours – The question was raised in regards to the operating hours of the establishment. The original application read that hours would be 10a-10p daily. 
    • It was then presented in the staff report that hours would vary for “special events”, and the FOOD TRUCKS would close “sometime around 11pm” during those events
    • In discussion, it was brought up that there were no hours stipulated to the zoning, and the business could operate any hours allowable by law (2:30am)


      THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RESTAURANT (LIKE YOU WOULD FIND IN A “DINING DISTRICT”) AND A BAR. READ ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES HERE.



  • Business – The original proposal stated that there “May be a brewery and/or winery at the location
    • According to ORC 4303.022 A-1c:
      • Permit A-1c may be issued to a manufacturer to manufacture beer and sell beer products in bottles or containers for home use and to retail and wholesale permit holders under rules adopted by the division of liquor control if the manufacturer’s total production of beer, wherever produced, will not exceed thirty-one million gallons in a calendar year. In addition, an A-1c permit holder may sell beer manufactured on premises at retail, by individual drink in a glass or from a container, for consumption on the premises where sold. The fee for this permit is one thousand dollars for each plant during the year covered by the permit.
    • However, through discussion, it was brought up that this location would be serving hard liquor. This was intentionally left out of the original zoning application as a means to persuade the surrounding residents that this is not a bar. 


      THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RESTAURANT (LIKE YOU WOULD FIND IN A “DINING DISTRICT”) AND A BAR. READ ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES HERE.

  • Pedestrians – The applicant and attorney were asked about the walking path, and it was stated that they would build leisure paths to the  edges of the property. This would mean the neighborhoods North on SR605 would not have adequate and safe ways to get to the proposed business except by car, exacerbating the concern regarding traffic. It would become a burden on the local community and government to provide a safe walkway to the “community center/dining district” along SR605. Furthermore, it was stated by the applicant’s attorney that any other business, even an office building, would bring substantially more traffic than a bar. 

  • Traffic – The attorney provided statistics regarding traffic at the intersection of Central College Road & SR605, detailing that there is a relatively low traffic volume in this area.


The attorney retained by the prospective business owners was eager to defend that this is not a bar; however, they serve no food (natively), they serve wine, beer and liquor, and are not bound to any guarantee or restrictions of operating hours except by Ohio law. This is the same business model a bar operates under.

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RESTAURANT (LIKE YOU WOULD FIND IN A “DINING DISTRICT”) AND A BAR. READ ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES HERE.

The next meeting is scheduled for 1/22/2020 @ 7:00PM at New Albany Village Hall. All are encouraged to come and speak their thoughts regarding the business and the possible implications to New Albany!

PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER SHARING THE PETITION TO NEARBY RESIDENTS, ACQUAINTANCES AND FRIENDS. IT CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://chng.it/HBTgCdqTQX