The Porter County
Plan Commission will hear a request at its meeting Wednesday to rezone about
10 acres of property located at 53 and 57 East U.S. Highway 6 in Liberty
Twp. from Single-family Residential to Moderate Intensity Commercial.
The planners meet
at 6:30 p.m. inside Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155
Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.
The petitioner in
the request is owner Tooraj Torabi who told the Chesterton Tribune he
is working with developers of the Duneland Group which will present the case
to the Plan Commission.
A concept with the
petition shows a building structure on the east side of the existing
driveway with spaces for parking. Traffic would enter from U.S. 6, the plan
Torabi did not say
what the intended use of the property would be and has left the planning up
to the developers. A representative from the Duneland Group did not return a
call for comment.
The property is
located on the east side of Tanner Trace subdivision whose residents have
traditionally spoken out against commercial rezoning requests for several
reasons such as increased traffic and what could happen if the property
falls into hands of other developers once it is rezoned.
Torabi said he
wishes to work with the residents on the concerns they have. “They are my
neighbors. I will listen to what they have to say with an open mind,” he
Torabi said he
attended a meeting hosted by the Woodville Foundation last month and took
notes on the comments made by Tanner Trace residents. He said he gave the
notes to the developers to see how they could resolve the issues.
“This will be
something that is good for everybody in Tanner Trace,” said Torabi, who
mentioned the zoning request is only for moderate intensity commercial as
opposed to high intensity to fit in better with the neighborhood.
According to the
County’s Unified Development Ordinance, permitted uses in a Moderate
Commercial Zone include among other things an automobile gas station,
bar/tavern, coffee shop, day care, delicatessen, general office, restaurant,
art studio and tanning salon.
Also on the agenda,
Red Fish Development will ask the planners to approve an extension of the
primary plat for The Preserve Subdivision located on the southeast corner of
CR 50 West and CR 1050 North in Liberty Twp.
In other cases,
Bucher Development requests a secondary plat extension for Sagamore
subdivision at the northeast corner of CR 350 West and CR 100 North in Union
Kyle Kinne of 562
West CR 700 South in Boone Twp. requests to rezone his property from Light
Industrial District to Rural Residential District.