Off to a good
start, the developer of the 44-acre Brassie Estates, north of the Brassie
Golf Course, is eager to move forward with three further phases of
development by creating a planned unit development.
The Chesterton Plan
Commission at its meeting Thursday heard from attorney Greg Babcock
representing Jack Slager of Brassie Development, LLC on preliminary plans to
add 61 new single family lots and 14 multi-family lots to the existing 16
lots approved last year for phase 1. Babcock said builders have bought up
those lots in phase 1 and two homes have been built.
expansion would be to the north, abutting the Prairie Duneland bike trail on
the west side of Pearson Road. A roadway would stretch between two blocks of
development, one with 36 lots and the other 25 lots for single-family
residences with cul-de-sacs, separated by Gustafson Ditch which moves
through the property.
The cul-de-sacs and
setbacks were the reasons Slager opted to pursue a PUD ordinance which would
be easier than having to ask for variances from the Town’s Board of Zoning
Appeals, Babcock said. The plans show “islands” in the cul-de-sacs that
could be used as green space.
corner of the property is where Slager would like to have 14 lots of
paired-patio homes with their own cul-de-sac and a detention pond. The PUD
would have a property owners association to keep up maintenance for the
three wet-bottom ponds on the property but there would be a sub-association
just for the multi-family units, Babcock said. The covenants for the
existing 16 lots would extend to the new developments.
Babcock said that
water utilities are available for the site but sanitary sewer is still being
discussed. A lift station to the northwest along the bicycle trail could be
considered is where emergency vehicles would have access.
discussed this week by the Porter County Drainage Board, which would have
access to Gustafson Ditch for cleaning since it is a regulated drain. The
developer hopes to be able to reduce easements from 50 feet to 35 feet so
owners could have the option to install swimming pools or patios.
The Drainage Board
has not made any decisions but Commission President George Stone said he
figures plans for drainage should be included in the PUD before the planners
formally vote on it.
Kowalski added that properties on a regulated drain are charged a ditch
assessment. Babcock said the County is planning to do away with the ditch
fees and initiating a storm water fee, which will be for unincorporated
Stone inquired when
he expects the PUD ordinance to be ready as it “sounds like a few loose
ends” need to be taken care of. Babcock said the Commission can expect to
see it in February or March.
In other business,
town attorney Chuck Parkinson said work is finally done on the sidewalk
completion guarantee for Venturi Drive and the Commission approved cutting
the last check.
Commission was handed revisions for the Town’s sign ordinance that will be
given a public hearing, likely early next year. The changes stem from a U.S.
Supreme Court decision, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, that essentially says
restrictions cannot be placed on signs based on content.
Ending the final
meeting of the year, planner Jeff Trout commended Stone for his direction as
president this year.
steered the ship in a tight rein. We’ve been pretty busy lately with new
developments and leadership is important,” Trout said.