Proposed subdivision gets early nod from C.P. planners

2014-04-15T19:30:00Z 2014-04-15T23:29:11Z Proposed subdivision gets early nod from C.P. plannersSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Zoning needed for a proposed new subdivision on 109th Avenue has won a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission. 

Developer D. R. Horton is seeking residential zoning for just more than 90 acres of former farmland on the south side of 109th Avenue, east of Interstate 65. 

Horton plans a total 186 single-family homes and 22 duplexes at the location.

A final decision on the zoning change is up to the Crown Point City Council, which meets May 5.

The planning board's 6-1 vote to recommend in favor of the zone change came after the developer committed in writing to build homes larger in size and with bigger side yard setbacks than normally would be required in R2 zoning.

The single-family homes are proposed with square footage of between 1,800 and 3,000 square feet. The size meets or exceeds the minimum requirements for homes built on land zoned R1, where only single-family homes are permitted, said attorney Jim Wieser, representing D.R. Horton.

The R2 zoning sought by D.R. Horton permits both single-family homes and duplexes.

The proposal calls for the duplexes to line the western edge of the subdivision, bordering land zoned for possible office or hotel use.

Single-family homes would occupy the center of the acreage and be surrounded by green space on the edges, including along the border with 109th Avenue. Motorists would see mostly green space from the road, a D.R. Horton representative said earlier.

Planning board member Bill Feder, who opposed the favorable recommendation for the zone change, said the duplexes would serve well as a buffer but that the remainder of the subdivision should fall under R1 zoning requirements.

Planning board member Dan Rohaley said the city's comprehensive plan permits R2 zoning at the location.

"It's always healthy to have a varied mix of housing stock in any community," Rohaley said. "You cannot make every developer have a half-million house on a quarter-acre lot. Everything cannot be R1."

A site development plan with further details including road access is subject to the city approval process pending a final decision on the zoning change.

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