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County planners favor rezoning for new subdivision near Brassie course

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Plans to build a new residential subdivision directly south of the Brassie Golf Club along the Westchester/Liberty Twp. border were presented at this month’s Porter County Plan Commission meeting.

Donald Coker applied for rezoning a 30.8-acre parcel on CR 1050N between CR 100W and 125W in unincorporated Liberty Twp. from Light Industrial (L1) to Medium Density Single-Family Residential (R2) which was recommended with an 8-0 vote by the Commission.

Presenting the case, John Hannon of Great Lakes Engineering said landscaping and engineering plans for the subdivision have not been made yet but already the Coker family has spent five years working with the Porter County Drainage Board on implementing ways to drain the property. The first step of rezoning the land is “crucial,” he said, before the project can move forward.

The property was zoned Industrial about 50 years ago when the Wabash Railroad ran through the center of the property, Hannon said. Now that the track is gone, the land is suited for residential development, he added.

The subdivision is being developed under the name “Prairie Park,” but that is “very preliminary” and may change, Hannon told the Chesterton Tribune.

With 30 acres, up to 60 or 70 homes can be built on a property zoned R2, according to Plan Commission Executive Director Bob Thompson.

Hannon mentioned that the plans are to be very similar in character to other subdivisions in the surrounding area such as Duneland Trails and Timberland Farms.

“It will be built consistent with nearby subdivisions,” Hannon said.

Indiana American Water will supply the water to the site and the Town of Chestertown will be the sanitary sewer service provider once the project comes to fruition, Hannon said.

The rezoning recommendation will now go to the County Commissioners who are expected to vote on the case at their Feb. 4 regular meeting.

There is no definite timeline for the development, Hannon said, and the next step would be to return to the Plan Commission with plat and engineering plans.

A developer has yet to be selected, he said.

Officer Elections

The Jan. 8 Plan Commission meeting also included the board’s election of officers for 2014. Planner and County Commissioner Nancy Adams, R-Center, retained her title as president and selected as vice-president was Commission member and County Council member Bob Poparad, D-At Large.

Meanwhile, on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Debbie Kerr-Cook will continue as president. Vice-president for this year will be Marvin Brickner.


Posted 1/21/2014





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