There was only one
remonstrator Monday night at a public hearing on a proposed annexation of 59
acres off 1100N, but the Chesterton Town Council got an earful.
consideration: 58.89 acres owned by PSR LLC, located on the south side of
1100N, mostly west of 23rd Street and immediately opposite the soccer fields
at Dogwood Park, but also immediately adjacent to the Stone Meadows
subdivision east of 23rd Street.
Babcock, representing PSR, told the council that less than half of the
acreage is actually developable and that PSR will be seeking a planned unit
development ordinance before the Advisory Plan Commission which would
include paired- and tri-patio homes as well as two commercial buildings of
around 4,000 square feet each.
On Monday, the only
consideration before the council was a public hearing on the proposed
annexation and a fiscal plan prepared by PSR, which deals with the impact of
a new PUD development on municipal services. The actual particulars of the
PUD ordinance itself will be negotiated later, between PSR and the Plan
No one spoke in
favor of the annexation. But William Stone, developer of the Stone Meadows
subdivision--located right next to PSR’s acreage and to which his
subdivision would be linked to PSR’s by an internal connector roadway--made
it clear that he’s adamantly opposed to the sort of development which PSR is
looking to build.
Stone told the
council that each of the 25 planned homes in his development is sited on a
“good-sized lot” and that he sold those lots “to good community members,”
“the upper middle class.” Connecting Stone Meadows to the PSR PUD
development would impact his resident’s “quality of life,” Stone said, and
he pointed specifically at the proposed paired- and tri-patio homes and the
smaller lot sizes mentioned by Babcock.
Stone also told the
council that, so far as he’s concerned--so far as the Stone Meadows
residents are concerned as well--the acreage up for annexation needs to
remain R-1 single-family. And Stone promised to take his concerns to the
Plan Commission, at such time as it begins working on the details of the PSR
Babcock, for his
part, waived his right to rebut Stone.
Members did vote
unanimously to accept the fiscal plan, whose findings their contracted
financial consultant, London Witte Group, reviewed and endorsed.
formally consider the annexation itself at their next meeting, Wednesday,
In other business,
members voted unanimously to seek a statutorily required pair of appraisals
for a residential lot located on the west side of South Calumet Road,
between Washington Ave. and Westchester Ave.
That lot is one of
several owned by developer Paul Shinn whose zoning was recently changed from
commercial to residential, but it’s oddly shaped and may present building
challenges. Earlier in the fall, Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, proposed the
town’s purchase of the lot, with an eye on converting it into a trailhead
for the Dunes-Kankakee Trail, which when completed will link Indiana Dunes
State Park to the Kankakee River in south Porter County.
The route of the
Dunes-Kankakee Trail as proposed would wind through the Downtown and then
proceed south on South Calumet Road.
voted unanimously to approve a waiver of Town Standards requested by builder
Mark Markovich for a residence he’s constructed at 411 Lost Tree Drive in
the Villages of Sand Creek.
The Town Standard
in question: the requirement that garage pads and driveways be poured no
higher than 30 inches above grade.
explained to the council, he accidentally poured the pad and the top half of
the driveway at 36 inches above grade, six more than permitted by Town
Standard. The alternative to a waiver, Markovich said, would be to “tear it
completely out and re-pour.”
Members agreed to
approve the waiver, on the condition that, before obtaining an occupancy
permit, Markovich must install a curtain drain or similar drainage
Member Jim Ton,
R-1st, spoke in favor of the waiver, inasmuch as Markovich is “a reputable
builder who is man enough to admit he made an error.”