The city of New Albany is looking to annex roughly 403 acres from Jersey Township in hopes of creating more technology jobs in the New Albany International Business Park.
City Council on Jan. 3 considered legislation for expedited type 1 annexation of 25 properties from the township representing the following acreage: 61.26, 13.874, 312.86 and 15.03.
In a related move, council considered a measure that would rezone the land from agriculture to technology manufacturing district requested by MBJ Holdings LLC, an affiliate of the New Albany Co.
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Because both were first readings, no official action was taken. The legislation will appear on a future agenda for consideration. Jan. 17.
There are no known users or plans for the property, said Steven Mayer, planning manager for the city.
Mayer said rezoning it in advance makes it “shovel ready” for potential tenants.
“We’re supportive of it because it’s an expansion of our business park,” he said.
“It matches the recommendations of our strategic plan,” he said. “The zoning is consistent with the adjoining properties in the area.”
Meanwhile, the city’s planning commission recommended approval of the project at its Dec. 19 meeting.
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The TMD zoning has its advantages, according to the legislative report.
“The TMD incorporates the best practices from the existing limitation texts and developments within the New Albany International Business Park and codifies those best practices,” the language states.
“Moreover, it requires many of the larger ‘enhanced’ setbacks, screening and mounding requirements that were approved within the Jug Street North limitation text established based on resident feedback at the planning commission and city council meetings,” according to the report.
The annexation area is generally bounded by Green Chapel Road, Mink Street, Beech Road and Jug Street.
All parcels are part of the original 3,190-acre annexation agreement in early 2022 that included the Intel microchips processing facilities.
The largest annexation stemming from that deal occurred in May, when council approved the annexation and rezoning of 1,689 acres in Jersey Township, 900 of which was for Intel alone.
Several large annexations have followed.
In other news from the meeting, council also considered the annexation of 6.15 acres, which is also in the business park but not part of the 403 acres under consideration for TMD zoning. It has been identified for future retail uses, Mayer said.