The continued case
of a commercial rezoning request near Tanner Trace subdivision in Liberty
Twp. will be heard by the Porter County Plan Commission at its meeting
Wednesday night, at 6:30 p.m.
Tooraj Torabi is
requesting the commission change the zoning of 10.1 acres from Low Density
Single-family Residential to Moderate Commercial at 53 and 57 East on U.S.
in his request, attorney William Ferngren, of Ferngren Law in Valparaiso,
requested extra time in June for preparation.
Ferngren could not
be reached for comment but Charles Ray, president of The Duneland Group,
said there are no future plans for the property yet, other than the
rezoning. One of the documents filed with the Plan Commission office showed
a building with parking areas and an entrance on to U.S. 6.
Neighbors who had a
copy of the document had speculated a pharmacy was planned but Ray said the
concept was not intended to be part of the request and was merely to show
County planners what a "worst-case scenario" would be if a large building
was constructed there. Ray said there is also no entrance planned, or cuts
to U.S. 6, and that the property would be accessed at its east side,
connecting to the planned medical campus between Torabi's property and
Porter Regional Hospital.
Torabi and Ray had
previously attended a community meeting hosted by the Woodville Foundation
and heard neighbors' concerns about impacts to traffic, drainage and
property values. Torabi said he wishes to work with the neighbors on
resolving the issues and wants the property to benefit Tanner Trace
The Plan Commission
will meet in Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana
Ave., in Valparaiso.