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US 6 commercial rezoning back on County Planners' agenda

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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. 6.

Representing Torabi 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 residents.

The Plan Commission will meet in Room 205 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave., in Valparaiso.


Posted 7/8/2014