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Klein rezone advances to Porter Town Council

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The Porter Town Council likely will consider a rezoning request Tuesday that would change from Residential-1 to Professional Business the former medical offices at 1190 N. Indiana 49.

Meeting Wednesday, the Porter Plan Commission forwarded a favorable recommendation on Mary Kleinís petition to rezone three of five parcels she owns at that location. Munster-based Hospice of the Calumet Area will purchase the entire property but seeks rezoning for the three developed parcels only at this time.

Although zoned Residential-1, the medical office and outbuildings currently are considered legal non-conforming uses.

Commission vote was 6-0 with member Jim Eriksson absent.

During a 20-minute public hearing Klein neighbor Bruce Brackney raised several questions about possible uses in a Professional Business zone. ďIím really concerned what can go on there. I donít want a parking lot next to my house.Ē

Commission member Elka Nelson said although she initially was concerned the business zoning was too broad, after reviewing the permitted uses she determined theyíre pretty limited. Member Ken Timm and building commissioner Mike Barry said the zoning is the most restrictive business classification Porter allows, and Barry noted some uses would require additional site-plan approval.

Klein said Hospice of the Calumet plans to open administrative offices for its Porter County clients as well as space for grief-support and caregiver groups. No in-house medical care would be provided.

Brackney said he has no objection to Hospice but doesnít want spas or beauty shops with their associated traffic. Commission president John Kremke reminded the two remaining parcels would remain residential, and one doesnít have road frontage.

Timm said Porterís long-range master plan for the Indiana 49 corridor doesnít list it as residential.

Plans for Porterís proposed Gateway to the Indiana Dunes economic development and tourism initiative in the Indiana 49/U.S. 20 area generally calls for retail/service/hospitality uses.



Posted 10/17/2013