A settlement agreement has been reached in the case of UDR vs. the City of Dublin regarding the Ashton Development project. UDR proposed to construct the 220-unit apartment project located in the Eastern Dublin Transit Center. The project was denied by the City Council on March 6, 2018.
Under the terms of the settlement, the City Council will approve the project and agree to a five-year project development agreement. In return, the City will receive $600,000 in community benefit payments which will be directed to improvements at Don Biddle Community Park, which is currently in the pre-construction phase. The Park sits directly north of the Ashton Development project.
At issue for the City was not whether residential should be allowed at the site, but the number of units per acre. Ultimately, this lawsuit amounted to a dispute over approximately 30 apartment units. Rather than continuing with protracted litigation over these level of rights, the parties opted to settle the matter with mutually agreeable terms.
The City’s Planning Commission and City Council will need to take action on approval of the new development agreement next month, per the terms of the settlement. The City has also put together some additional questions and answers regarding the matter that can be found here.