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Town Council to consider annexation of 1100N parcel at meeting Monday night

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The Chesterton Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the town hall.

All attendees must wear masks and practice social-distancing.

At that meeting, members will consider the annexation of 59 acres in unincorporated Liberty Township located immediately south of 1100N, across the street from Dogwood Park and mostly west of 23rd Street.

The owner of the property, PSR LLC, has expressed an interest in developing a planned unit development comprised of single-family homes and two commercial buildings. PSR had originally proposed a mix of single-family, duplexes, and triplexes, but after objections expressed by neighbors have removed the multiple-family uses from its plan.

PSR first approached the council late in 2018 but when the residents of Stone Meadows, Rosehill Estates, and Dogwood Estates remonstrated against the idea of a mixed-use PUD, members kicked the can down the road by tabling the annexation, easy enough to do because, under Indiana Code, a municipality may not undertake any annexation in the year prior to a U.S. Census.

At their last meeting, July 13, members voted unanimously to un-table the annexation and will likely vote on Monday on whether to annex it or not. As Member Jim Ton, R-1st, noted on July 13, however, annexing the acreage would give the Town of Chesterton absolute authority to control what, in the end, is actually developed on the property.

The specific vote which members will take on Monday is whether or not to approve the annexation agreement with PSR. A public hearing was previously held in December 2018 on the fiscal plan, and the council is under no obligation to open the matter again to public comment. But members also made it abundantly clear on July 13 that the public will have the opportunity on Monday to speak their peace, with this one caveat, though: the only issue at stake right now is the annexation itself, not PSR’s plan of development. If the council does annex the property, PSR must submit its plan of development to the Advisory Plan Commission.

Also on Monday’s agenda: a proposed right-of-way agreement with Odisei Miron, who wants to gravel the platted but unimproved portion of Center Street between Elgin and Ritter streets in Crocker. Miron is building a home there and wants to use the graveled right-of-way as his driveway.

In addition, Mark Hopkins, owner of Hopkins Ace Hardware, is scheduled to present his plan for the revitalization of Coffee Creek Park. Hopkins previously discussed this plan at the Park Board’s July meeting.

Finally, Steiner Homes is scheduled to petition the council for an unspecified waver from Town Standards at 1840 S. 11th St.

Redevelopment Commission

Earlier in the evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Redevelopment Commission is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting.


Posted 7/24/2020




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