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.
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.
Homes is scheduled to petition the council for an unspecified waver from
Town Standards at 1840 S. 11th St.
Earlier in the
evening, at 6:30 p.m., the Redevelopment Commission is scheduled to hold its
regular monthly meeting.