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Chesterton Plan Commission to hold concept review of 1100N PUD on Thursday

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The Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission will hold a concept review at its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 20, on PSR LLCs proposed planned unit development on 1100N, across the street from Dogwood Park and immediately west of the Stone Meadows subdivision.

A concept review is typically an informal give-and-take process which precedes the more rigorous preliminary hearing. At the latter, planners determine whether they--or at least a majority of them--approve in principle with the terms of the proposed PUD. If they do, their next step is to schedule a public hearing on the PUD, at which neighbors will have every opportunity to remonstrate against the plan.

In July the Town Council voted unanimously to approve the annexation of PSRs 59 acres. Members emphasized at the time, though, that annexation was in no way an endorsement of PSRs proposed PUD, but only a way to ensure that the town has full control over what gets put on the property.

PSR originally proposed, in December 2018, a mix of single-family, duplex, and triplex units, as well as a pair of commercial buildings whose use was never explained. At the time, residents of Stone Meadows, Rosehill Estates, and Dogwood Estate vociferously objected to the plan, however, and the council tabled it. Earlier this summer, the council un-tabled it for the purpose of considering the annexation of the property, after PSRs attorney, Greg Babcock, announced that PSR has withdrawn the duplexes and triplexes from the plan, but not the two commercial buildings.

A grass-roots campaign against PSRs proposed PUD has emerged over the last couple of weeks, with numerous signs urging NO to the planned unit development popping up along 1100N and Pearson Road.

In other business on Thursday, planners will consider an amendment to the PUD ordinance governing Easton Park. Under that amendment, minimum backyard depth would be reduced from 25 feet to 20 feet for lots 1-74; maximum lot coverage would be increased from 30 percent to 60 percent, also for lots 1-74; and maximum lot coverage would be increased from 30 percent to 35 percent for an interior lot and from 30 percent to 45 percent for a corner lot for lots 75-346.

 

Posted 8/18/2020

 

 
 
 

 

 

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