How that property’s
low elevation might impact drainage, however, drew questions at the
The R-2 zoning
would allow for a sanitary sewer hookup by a municipal entity, said John
Hannon of Great Lakes Engineering, who presented the request to the Plan
Commission. He said that the petitioner will be seeking sanitary sewer
service from the Town of Chesterton while water will be supplied by
Coker said that
he’s had conversations with the Town of Chesterton Utility regarding a sewer
hookup. The County Plan Commission, for its part, has said that a property
of 30 acres could see as many as 60 to 70 new homes.
engineering and landscape plans for the so-called “Pearson Prairie” have not
been developed yet.
Paul Tharp voiced his opposition to the rezoning during the public hearing,
saying that it’s his understanding that the design would be similar to those
of other Coker developments. One of those developments near the Crocker area
in the Town of Chesterton saw a litany of drainage woes, Tharp said.
concern that something similar could happen here.
from the floor, saying that he never heard any complaints from the Town of
Chesterton and therefore “did not know what (Tharp) was talking about.” He
also said that he’s not seeking a Chesterton annexation.
Coker’s comments, saying that it would be impossible for the town to annex
because the property isn’t contiguous to Chesterton.
President John Evans, R-North, and Commissioner Laura Shurr Blaney, D-South,
both said that the low elevation would weigh on their decision.
“That area sits in
a very low point,” Evans said. He recalled one time a “corn picker” that got
stuck right at that spot because of high water.
Hannon said that
Coker has worked with the County Drainage Board to fix the drainage issues
on the site and that Coker paid for the work out of pocket. A new outlet was
installed and the property has drained as it should for a few years now west
of Pearson Road.
Evans agreed that
the area has improved but also warned that he couldn’t approve the petition
until there is evidence that Chesterton Utility would extend sewer service
to the property. That was not confirmed with Town Engineer Mark O’Dell on
Tuesday, Evans said.
Coker, in response,
said that he plans to address the Chesterton Utility Service Board at its
next meeting, Feb. 17, and will report back to the Commissioners at their
Feb. 18 meeting. Coker did add that, should the Chesterton Utility not
provide sewer service, it’s unlikely he’ll proceed with the development.