George Stone has
resigned his seat on the Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission.
Retired, more like.
For 20 years, give
or take, Stone has been, if not its conscience exactly, certainly the Plan
He’s been a
champion of connectivity and sidewalks, and an outspoken critic of gated
communites. He’s taken delight in holding developers’ feet to the fire, and
in playing gotcha on those (rare) occasions when the Chesterton Tribune’s
reporter has wandered into error. He’s crusty, obsessed with detail, and
possessed of a subtle mind.
Stone, in short,
was the rock of the Plan Commission, and he will be missed.
"It’s a great
loss,” President Sharon Darnell said on hearing the news of Stone’s
resignation at Thursday’s meeting of the Plan Commission. “I’m very sorry to
see him go. In my short time serving with him I’ve learned a great deal.”
Gail Murawski, the
Plan Commission’s secretary, concurred. “He was always present,” she said.
“He always had his i’s dotted and t’s crossed. He was very detail oriented.
We’ve worked together for 20 years.”
miss George,” planner Tom Kopko said. “He was always present.”
Springdale, Phase I
In the only real
order of business on Thursday, planners voted unanimously to approve the
secondary plat for Phase I the Springdale planned unit development, located
south of 1050N and immediately west of the Abercrombie Woods subdivision,
contingent on the receipt of a $447,546.57 infrastructure guarantee and a
$142,152.18 sidewalk guarantee.
“Everything is in
order” with the developer, Olthof Homes LLC, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell told
the planners. “We worked through some minor details.”
The granting of
secondary plat clears the way for the construction of homes.
Phase I is located
roughly in the middle of the site, opposite Ritter Street in Crocker. It
will be comprised of 21 single-family homes and 12 paired patio homes.
Members also voted
unanimously to appoint Kopko, O’Dell, and planner Fred Owens to a
reconstituted Plat Committee, whose sole and infrequent brief is to consider
petitions for the subdivision of parcels of fewer than five acres with no
The Plat Committee
had been scheduled to review a subdivison petition from the developer of the
Bell subdivision at the southwest corner of West Porter Ave. and South 15th
Street, but at the last moment the developer decided against subdividing