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Chesterton Town Council annexes 59 acres south of 1100N

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The Chesterton Town Council has expande its corporate boundaries by 59 acres to the south.

At its meeting Monday night, the council voted unanimously to annex the property, owned by PSR LLC and located immediately south of 1100N, mostly west of 23rd Street and across the street from Dogwood Park but also adjacent to the Stone Meadows subdivision.

Prior to enacting the actual annexation ordinance, members also voted unanimously to accept an annexation agreement with PSR.

Although a public hearing was previously held on the fiscal plan, in December 2018, and the council was under no legal obligation to invite public comment again on the annexation, President Sharon Darnell, D-4th, specifically did so earlier in the meeting, although she noted that the issue at hand on Monday was only the annexation and not whatever development may go on the property in question. That other issue will be a matter for the Advisory Plan Commission, where PSR’s plan “will be analyzed, dissected, and spoken about.”

In December 2018, numerous residents of Stone Meadows, Rosehill Estates, and Dogwood Estates objected to the first iteration of PSR’s concept of development: a mixed use planned unit development comprised of single-family units but also of duplexes and triplexes and two commercial buildings. PSR has since revised that concept, removing the duplexes and triplexes but retaining the pair of commercial buildings.

In the end, only one person on Monday spoke about the annexation, Evelyn Komenas, a resident of Pearson Road in unincorporated Liberty Township. Komenas repeated a complaint she has made before, that any development of PSR’s property--located to the east of her home--will adversely impact drainage in the area. In particular, she asserted that Stone Meadows was draining onto the annexed acreage, which in turn, in what she called a “domino effect,” would drain onto her property. “It’s going to drain somewhere and it’s going to drain onto me,” she said. “I don’t want to be at the bottom of a domino effect. This shouldn’t concern me at all.”

As Member Dane Lafata, D-4th, noted after his vote in favor of the annexation, “Keeping in mind that this is about bringing the property into town and not what gets built on it, so we can control what does get built on it.”


Posted 7/28/2020




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