The Shawnee Hills Additions, which collectively totaled over 3,600 lots were platted in the 1920’s as a resort fishing community on the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir of the Scioto River. Lots were small, typically 35’ by 70', exclusive of the road easement. Many of the platted streets were initially constructed to access the lots, but no utilities were installed because no public water or sewer was available.
Lacking major utilities, village growth initially was slow, standing in 2001 at about 419 residents, 200 homes, and 30 businesses. Meanwhile, Delaware County grew at an astounding 64.3% from 1990-2000, the fastest growing county in Ohio for that ’90s. The county’s growth continued in the decade 2000-2010, posting an additional 58% increase in population. That same decade brought an agreement with Columbus that paved the way for sewer in the Village. Its strategic location in the south of the county, adjacent to the city of Dublin, led to a 2010 population of 681. This represented a 63% increase in population for the decade.
The constraints of the 1920’s plat offer challenges as well as opportunities. There are 2,199 platted lots inthe village, yet the sewer system, designed to correct septic overflows to the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, a Columbus drinking water supply, cannot serve each platted lot individually. An allocation plan (ordinance) treats “vested” non-conforming lots of record as conditional uses if they cannot meet current lot size requirements. Every landowner in the village has viable use of his property and sewer service, though not every lot can be granted a tap.
Because the original plat is a dense grid, many desireable elements of the Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) exist. These include grid streets, shallow setbacks, street trees, small lots at urban densities, and walkable neighborhoods with a commercial core. Generally, stret improvement that incorporate improved drainage are recommended.
There are opportunities for several new commercial uses along Dublin Road. Access management controls (limiting all new curb cuts to side streets, not Dublin Road; creating stacking and turning lanes as needed, etc) are important to prevent congestion and to enhance safety on this rolling state highway that is the Main Street of the Village.
If developed according to plan, the village could someday have approximately 478 homes. Based upon the U.S. 2010 Census of 681 plus potential new population (184 new homes @ 3 person/household), the village would have a future population of approximatley 1,233 within the current corporate limits. The current count of 30 businesses could be augmented with 11 additional commercial building sites,which could increase the future population and commercial/office growth and still be serviced by the Village.
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