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drainage system installed in place of outdated facilities.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.
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
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