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Porter County reviews Liberty commercial project

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The Porter County Department of Development and Stormwater management review committee heard two local cases last week.

Steve DeBold, a representative of Chester Inc. brought before the committee a proposal for the demolition and construction of an existing building at 244 W U.S. Highway 6 in Liberty Township owned by Herbert Property Enterprises, LLC. Under the proposal, a new building would be constructed as well as a parking lot on the site of the old building, and a new stormwater detention pond and drainage system installed in place of outdated facilities.

The committee did have one caveat: development on this stretch of U.S. 6 is subject to certain setback regulations, which the proposed plans do not currently follow.

Porter County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke said that the setback issue is one of the first applications of a U.S. Highway 6 overlay plan approved in 2011. The plan created an overlay district in Liberty Township where development, including signage and landscaping, are specially regulated. Breitzke added that the proposed building’s setback is a relatively easy fix: “It has to be 85 feet back, and the proposal is just shy of that.”

Breitzke does not foresee interruptions of business at Arbor View Animal Hospital located on the property.

In other business, Eric and Diane Opperman sought primary plat approval for the Opperman Jackson minor subdivision c/o Don Bengel. Proposed plans provide for four lots on 47.7 acres at 669N 500E in Jackson Township. The approved primary plat is contingent on the resolution of the improper slope of a private driveway.



Posted 10/26/2017




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