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Town planners OK Stone Meadows project; developer wants each home to be different

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By PAULENE POPARAD

Developer Bill 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.

Interim building 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.

Stone Meadows 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 district.

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.

Said Babcock, “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 Peterson Ditch.

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 southwest.

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.

Chesterton 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 4/18/2014