CROWN POINT | Officials on Monday put off approving a proposed six-lot subdivision in a section of Ellendale Farm until learning more about plans by Lake County to clean a county ditch running through the property.
Ellendale Farm developer Tom Fleming was seeking primary subdivision approval from the city Plan Commission for six wooded lots, of between 2.3 acres to 5.11 acres each, in Carrol's Knoll off Lake Street.
Ellendale Farm resident Kevin Keough told the planning board he has worked with Lake County officials since 2007 on a solution to drainage issues surrounding the ditch that runs along the southeastern edge of Ellendale Farm.
The effort has advanced, and county officials are planning a July 17 prebid meeting on the project, Keough said.
"We're not proposing to stop development of the six lots," said Ellendale Farm resident Greg Hlebasko, who spoke to the planning board along with Keough. "We're simply appealing to the commission for a deferral to allow the developer to work with Lake County."
Fleming said he was unaware of plans by Lake County officials to clean the ditch but did not object to deferring the matter.
"I'm glad they're trying to do something," Fleming said.
The ditch drains stormwater from the nearby Lake County Fairgrounds and runoff from Fancher Lake in the fairgrounds, Fleming said.
Cleaning the ditch would entail removing log jams and beaver dams, City Engineer Tris Miles said.
The planning board voted 7-0 to defer a decision on the Carrol's Knoll six-lot subidivision for 30 days.