Stone said he wants to get started as soon as possible on his Stone Meadows
subdivision, which was given primary plat approval by the Chesterton
Advisory Plan Commission.
Also Thursday, an
anticipated preliminary hearing for a proposed Growing Kids child
care/learning center at the Chesterton Professional Complex on South 11th
Street did not take place.
commissioner Mike Orlich said he was advised earlier in the day that its
representatives would not attend.
The petition was
continued until May 15 on a 4-0 vote with commission members Jeff Ton, Sig
Niepokoj and Jeff Trout absent.
subdivision is located on 10.5 acres at the southwest corner of County Roads
1100N and 50W; 25 single-family lots are planned in the Residential-1 zoning
Stone told the
commission he and his wife Marci want approximately $300,000 homes that
don’t look the same so plans have to be approved by an architectural review
committee. “I don’t want tract homes. It’ll be a nice development and I’ve
had a lot of people interested in building there.”
Stone and his
attorney, Greg Babcock, said some utility and stormwater permits still need
to be obtained, but preliminary work can begin on the project as soon as
town engineer Mark O’Dell and Orlich sign off.
During a required
public hearing, lone speaker Maggie Raimondi told the commission there
always have been water problems in the area, especially to the south, and
she inquired what the Stones’ drainage plan will be.
“We’ll improve that water issue.”
It was explained
the subdivision will have its own storm sewer system and direct water to a
detention pond at the parcel’s northeast corner that will be released into
an improved ditch along the south side of 1100N east flowing eventually to
In addition to the
storm sewer system, Babcock noted natural drainage on the rear of some lots
on the far southwest corner of the parcel will continue to flow to the
Raimondi also said
she wants the quality of the new homes to be substantial so as not to bring
down the value of existing area homes.
Earlier in the
meeting Babcock said Stone Meadows will be an attractive location because of
its proximity to The Brassie golf course, Dogwood Park, Bethlehem Lutheran
Church, Chesterton High School and the new Duneland Boys & Girls Club.
Chesterton plans to
build a hike/bike trail in the future from Dogwood Park to Tamarack
subdivision and Rail Road, he added.
Babcock said the
name of two Stone Meadows roads were changed at the request of E-911 because
the original names were too similar to existing roads in the area. One road
will end in a temporary cul-de-sac to make its continuation possible when
vacant land to the west is developed.
In other business,
commission and Board of Zoning Appeals secretary Gail Murawski said new
policies need to be established related to zoning paperwork following
Chesterton clerk-treasurer Stephanie Kuziela’s office recently moving to the
15th Street municipal complex from the town hall.
Murawski also said
commission/BZA members currently can pick up packets containing meeting
paperwork after normal business hours at the Chesterton police radio room.
In the coming weeks, police radio dispatch will be consolidated with the
Town of Porter Police Department at its radio room there.
commission/Town Council member Emerson DeLaney said it isn’t a burden to go
1/4-mile farther to Porter to get the Chesterton packets. He suggested
Murawski discuss her other concerns with Kuziela.
“It’s a little
blip. We’ll work it out,” assured DeLaney.