Last updated: April 10. 2014 7:33PM - 403 Views
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The Powell Community Infrastructure Financing Authority grew larger this week.

The Delaware County commissioners voted in favor of adding two developments to the financing authority with taxing power.

The commissioners unanimously approved the addition of property owned by Epcon Sawmill, which manages The Courtyards at Grandshire.

About half of the 23-home development is already in the financing authority, and Joel Rhoades, vice president and general counsel of Epcon Communities, argued making only a portion of the community subject to a special assessment “unduly burden half of the neighborhood.”

Rhoades said without the entire development in the community, it could make it difficult to market the property and lead to unbalanced development.

Commissioner Ken O’Brien reluctantly approved the move.

However, he cast the lone “no” against another measure to allow about 70 acres on the south side of Home Road, just west of Steitz Road to become part of the community authority.

The property, owned by Metro Development, is the site of a planned development of 119 homes.

O’Brien said he saw no benefit to the eventual property owners that will be charged a special assessment for infrastructure improvements.

“I don’t feel there has been compelling evidence we should approve this,” he said.

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