WORTHINGTON - A request for a change of zone for Golden Horizons Assisted Living failed on its third reading at the regular city council meeting Monday night.

Council member Larry Janssen has voted in opposition to the rezone at each reading based on concern that the landowner did not make a sufficient attempt to acquire more land before attempting clearance for its addition.

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At Monday’s meeting, council member Alan Oberloh also voted no. He explained that he contacted the owner and asked about the possibility of buying more land, but was told there were no plans to do so.

Although the three other council members voted in favor of granting a change of zone, by law the vote could only pass with a two-thirds supermajority - meaning it had to be at least a 4-1 decision.

The council did, however, approve a request to change the zone of property south of Interstate 90 and north of Darling Drive, from an extension of Grand Avenue heading north to property owned by Worthington Christian School. This parcel of land has been selected for an entertainment spec building that would include a movie theater.

Council members approved a conditional use permit for the spec building on the land in question, and also voted to buy the land from owner Kelly Properties. Both votes were unanimous.

Also decided at Monday’s meeting:

  • A second reading of an ordinance to regulate ATVs on city streets was approved.
  • City council authorized plans and advertisement for bids on the Homewood Hills Street Improvement Project.

For more of this story, see Wednesday's print edition or dglobe.com.