The developers of
Conservancy Point--an upscale apartment complex eyed for the acreage south
of Rail Road, east of Kelle Drive, north of Sidewalk Road, and west of the
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve--had sought an amendment to the planned unit
development ordinance governing the 4th Addition of Coffee Creek Center,
chiefly for the purpose of lowering the stipulated density of the property,
from the 209 residential units originally permitted to 170, a reduction of
not quite 20 percent.
The amendment came
to the council from the Advisory Plan Commission, which endorsed it
following a public hearing by a 4-1 vote. Planner Thomas Kopko voted against
the PUD amendment on the ground that 170 units are still too dense.
Eric Gastevich, the
developer of Easton Park--what promises to be one of the largest
subdivisions in Chesterton, if not the largest, to be built on property
located east of C.R. 250E at the terminus of East Porter Ave.--had sought a
number of mostly minor changes in the current PUD, including reducing the
number of single-family homes from 362 to 346; and shifting the main
east/west road on the north side of the subdivision--what is essentially an
extension of East Porter Ave.--slightly to the south.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann noted that Gastevich has “done much more than could be required of
him,” including a commitment to donate 20 acres in unincorporated
Westchester Township to the town, at such time as it becomes annexable.
Currently, Lukmann said, the acreage isn’t sufficiently contiguous.
Re-Zone on 11th
Laura Gerhardt was
granted the re-zone of two lots on 11th Street--the two on the west side of
the street immediately south of Val’s Pizza--from R-3 to B-2.
attorney, Greg Babcock, has previously said that the building on those lots
has been home to several businesses over the years, including a dental
practice, minimally a B-1 use; and a veterinary practice, a B-2 use. The
neighborhood itself is zoned R-3, multi-family.
In fact the
property in question consists of a total of five lots but only the two
northernmost ones, adjacent to Val’s and having the building on them, have
been re-zoned. The three southernmost lots remain R-3.
B-2 uses excluded
under the re-zone: auto part sales, auto repair/minor, auto service station,
bar/night club, billiard room/arcade, bowling alley, and video store.
Fire Chief John
Jarka had requested this ordinance, which requires the builders of all new
commercial and residential construction, as well as of alterations to
existing structures and accessory structures, to disclose on the
building-permit application whether manufactured roofs or floors will be
That is, the
builder must now disclose whether any of the I-beams, trusses, rim board,
headers, joists, or rafters are constructed in whole or in part with
engineered wood products, as opposed to conventional or natural wood
“manufactured”--wood burns more quickly than the natural kind and has been
shown to put firefighters at more risk in their response.
roofs or floors are going to be used in the building, the Building
Department will make available a small tag, to be purchased by the builder
or owner and affixed to the structure’s exterior in some unobtrusive but
uniform place, to alert firefighters in the event of their responding to
Re: Flood Hazard
enacted a ordinance which formalizes a new floodplain map drawn by the
Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The map is the
final draft of a document whose first version the town successfully appealed
late last year, on the ground that it incorrectly designated a number of
properties as being in the floodplain.
“This is so that
people whose property qualifies can obtain flood insurance,” Lukmann told
Stormwater Utility believes that a couple of other inaccuracies may have
found their way into this final draft and is pursuing a correction from the
formally adopted the 2016 budget ordinance, following a public hearing at
which no one spoke in favor of the budget and no one in opposition to it.
That budget must
still be reviewed by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.