Plans to build a new residential subdivision directly south of the Brassie
Golf Club along the Westchester/Liberty Twp. border were presented at this
month’s Porter County Plan Commission meeting.
Donald Coker applied for rezoning a 30.8-acre parcel on CR 1050N between CR
100W and 125W in unincorporated Liberty Twp. from Light Industrial (L1) to
Medium Density Single-Family Residential (R2) which was recommended with an
8-0 vote by the Commission.
Presenting the case, John Hannon of Great Lakes Engineering said landscaping
and engineering plans for the subdivision have not been made yet but already
the Coker family has spent five years working with the Porter County
Drainage Board on implementing ways to drain the property. The first step of
rezoning the land is “crucial,” he said, before the project can move
The property was zoned Industrial about 50 years ago when the Wabash
Railroad ran through the center of the property, Hannon said. Now that the
track is gone, the land is suited for residential development, he added.
The subdivision is being developed under the name “Prairie Park,” but that
is “very preliminary” and may change, Hannon told the Chesterton Tribune.
With 30 acres, up to 60 or 70 homes can be built on a property zoned R2,
according to Plan Commission Executive Director Bob Thompson.
Hannon mentioned that the plans are to be very similar in character to other
subdivisions in the surrounding area such as Duneland Trails and Timberland
“It will be built consistent with nearby subdivisions,” Hannon said.
Indiana American Water will supply the water to the site and the Town of
Chestertown will be the sanitary sewer service provider once the project
comes to fruition, Hannon said.
The rezoning recommendation will now go to the County Commissioners who are
expected to vote on the case at their Feb. 4 regular meeting.
There is no definite timeline for the development, Hannon said, and the next
step would be to return to the Plan Commission with plat and engineering
A developer has yet to be selected, he said.
The Jan. 8 Plan Commission meeting also included the board’s election of
officers for 2014. Planner and County Commissioner Nancy Adams, R-Center,
retained her title as president and selected as vice-president was
Commission member and County Council member Bob Poparad, D-At Large.
Meanwhile, on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Debbie Kerr-Cook will continue as
president. Vice-president for this year will be Marvin Brickner.