The Chesterton Plan
Commission heard new plans for duplex rentals, this time at the northeast
corner of 1100N and South Fifth Street across from the Aspen Pines
Brett Carney of
Carney Construction has an offer to purchase the 10-acre property that
includes ten lots, on nine of which he hopes to build townhome style
duplexes. The property is in an R-2 residential zone. He and attorney Greg
Babcock came before the Plan Commission on Thursday for a concept review.
Babcock said the
lot sizes would be about 11,000 square feet, which is larger than the
8,000-square foot minimum the town has for duplexes. Each unit would have a
two-car garage and driveways with enough space for two additional cars and
will be long enough that the cars won’t reach over the sidewalk. Sidewalks
are planned for the south and west ends and will connect to the bike trail
there, Babcock said.
will use an E/1 sewer system to gather sewer and stormwater and pump it
north to a manhole, Babcock said. Drainage will be controlled with sheet
draining that would exit at Lot 10 to the Pope O’Connor Ditch which has a
75-foot setback on both sides. Carney said he will be responsible for the
Babcock said they
plan to return for a preliminary hearing next month but wanted to field
comments from Plan Commission members so they can address issues ahead of
President George Stone said he is concerned about having too many road cuts
onto South Fifth Street.
“It seems to me the
fewer road cuts on Fifth Street the better, from a safety standpoint,” Stone
Kowalski said he is more concerned about vehicles backing up on 1100N.
“That’s a nightmare now, especially with the school buses,” he said.
Carney said there
will be split driveways done between the duplexes to minimize the amount of
road cuts. He also spoke with Town Engineer Mark O’Dell who suggested the
idea of a ribbon curb that would help with drainage.
Drainage is a large
concern for Kowalski and Planner Fred Owens, who asked further questions
about sheet draining. Planner Sharon Darnell said to check with the Porter
County Stormwater Department about draining into Pope O’Connor Ditch.
Kowalski said the
closeness of the lots makes him “very nervous” and there have been flooding
issues on 1100N.
“If it is not done
right, the water is going to back up to the north. We’re only going to make
matters worse and I don’t want to see that,” said Kowalski.
He also asked that
soil conditions be looked at given the proximity to the ditch.
At the start of the
meeting, Planner Jeff Trout welcomed Darnell to the Commission. Darnell was
appointed to replace Jeff Ton after he relinquished his seat due to changes
in his work schedule.
“Sharon and I have
worked together on a lot of projects when I was on the Town Council and I
guarantee she will be a great asset to the plan commission,” Trout said.