Advisory Plan Commission agreed on a final version of the town’s existing
and future land-use maps Thursday, and to recertify the maps and the amended
comprehensive plan back to the Town Council for final adoption.
likely will take up the matter at its first December meeting. The council
two months ago sent the plan maps back to the commission when errors were
to forward the updated maps was 6-0 with Jeff Trout absent. An earlier vote
to approve several map changes including a request for parcels on South
Calumet Road passed 5-1 with George Stone opposed.
Shinn and his attorney, Greg Babcock, asked from the audience that seven of
nine lots Shinn purchased as the old Bassett flower shop at Calumet and
Washington Avenue be shown as future residential land use, and two lots at
Calumet be shown as commercial.
All nine lots
are zoned commercial now but Babcock said a partial rezoning would be
sought. The future land-use maps are color-coded with each color reflecting
a specific land use.
council member Emerson DeLaney said Babcock was offering information
regarding future plans. “I don’t look at changing color as a pre-judgement.”
showing a different use in the absence of a formal rezoning petition
eviscerates the whole zoning process. “I’ll welcome a request for a zoning
change when it comes before us.”
president Fred Owens said future land-use maps are only a guide, not a
binding document, that don’t relinquish anyone from going through a formal
rezoning that involves both the commission and the Town Council.
The maps related
to the new comprehensive plan, which updates the current 2004 version,
include existing and future land-use maps for areas in and surrounding
Chesterton’s municipal boundaries. Consultant SEH guided the com-plan
members huddled around a table, town engineer Mark O’Dell explained in
detail several map changes, like reflecting intended institutional/public
use for five acres on Dickinson Road planned for a second Chesterton fire
attorney Charles Parkinson emphasized as he has at previous meetings that
land use and property zoning are two separate things.