Hobart Marsh Plan on hold pending action by Plan Commission, City Council

2013-02-12T19:00:00Z 2013-04-18T18:07:07Z Hobart Marsh Plan on hold pending action by Plan Commission, City CouncilDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The Hobart Marsh Plan remains in a holding pattern for another month after Plan Commission members voted to table action.

The marsh plan will go back before the Plan Commission for consideration March 7 and the City Council on March 20, officials said.

Plan Commission member Stuart Allen insisted at last week's meeting that the marsh plan needs minor revisions.

"It would have been approved (at the meeting) if not for some spelling errors," Allen said.

Director of Development Denarie Kane said the marsh plan was forwarded to the City Council, which also had asked for minor corrections.

City Councilman David Vinzant, D-4th, also asked for better defined boundaries and future development uses.

Kane said she was told by former City Planner A.J. Bytnar that boundaries do not need to be added at this time.

"I told the council that this is not the be-all and end-all. ... For now, this plan is fairly general," Kane said.

The Hobart Marsh Plan, which will encompass 1,000 acres of park and wetlands on the city's west side, will include Robinson Lake Park as its hub, city officials have said.

It calls for corridors for activity, including biking and hiking trails, trailheads and markers, and a connection between the marsh property and nearby residential areas.

Friends of Robinson Lake members have continued to support the marsh plan.

"We've packed every meeting because we want this plan passed," spokesman Sandy O'Brien told the Plan Commission.

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