Councilman wants S'ville to establish redevelopment plan

2013-07-21T19:45:00Z 2013-07-21T21:46:06Z Councilman wants S'ville to establish redevelopment planChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | Town Councilman Jerry Tippy is seeking more discussion about a proposed redevelopment plan in Schererville.

Tippy said town officials have talked informally about a possible plan, but he has asked for a more comprehensive review during a future council study session to advance the proposal.

"As the town of Schererville matures, the amount of buildable commercial vacant land in Schererville has become scarce," Tippy said in an email.

Tippy said it's time to examine how Schererville approaches redevelopment because of the limited vacant property.

He said he envisions a plan that would identify properties the town would want to have redeveloped. The document also would include information regarding possible assistance Schererville would offer.

Town Manager Bob Volkmann said he has researched redevelopment plans in other communities, and he hasn't found many in the state.

Town Attorney David Austgen said redevelopment plans he has seen have focused on establishing programs to promote redevelopment in municipalities instead of setting policy or procedure.

Tippy said a redevelopment plan in Schererville doesn't "need to be something rigid," but rather a guideline for developers interested in redevelopment opportunities in Schererville.

"Recognizing properties in need of redevelopment and offering incentives will help protect property values and increase the net assessed value in town, ultimately keeping residential property taxes lower," Tippy said.

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