C.P. planners endorse revived 191-lot subdivsion

2013-10-14T21:40:00Z 2013-10-14T21:56:27Z C.P. planners endorse revived 191-lot subdivsionBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | The Plan  Commission suggested a few tweaks to a proposed 191-lot subdivision on Monday, but otherwise appeared pleased with the plan.

"I'm thrilled to death to see a developer in here with lots. I think it's a great project," board member Daniel Rohaley said during a workshop on the project. 

Jack Slager, with Schilling Development, is asking to revive plans for a subdivision first proposed in 1997 as Serenity Woods.

The subdivision, in an area north of 133rd Avenue and south of 125th Avenue, would be renamed Copper Creek in the latest proposal. 

Slager said the land had been annexed into the city in 2000 along with neighboring acreage now occupied by the Feather Rock subdivision.

Development on the parcel originally won city approval in 2007, Slager said. Approvals were extended in 2008 and 2009 and then allowed to expire.

Ground clearing and tree removal had begun when economic conditions changed and the housing market stalled.

Original plans called for a park near an entrance to the subdivision and waived a requirement that sidewalks be installed along 133rd Avenue.

Planning board members Monday said they'd prefer to see the park  closer to the center of development to make it safer and more accessible. 

Board member Chad Jeffries suggested the developer reconsider adding sidewalks along 133rd Avenue.

The question of whether to require sidewalks comes up frequently in discussions, Jeffries said. "At what point do we just say we're going to have sidewalks."

Plans are to roll out the subdivision in phases, Slager said, starting with 38 lots.



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