SCHERERVILLE | A new 31-lot residential development has been proposed along Burr Street near 91st Avenue.
Lantz Development is seeking multiple approvals from the town for the project, which would build homes on more than 17 acres.
The Plan Commission recently gave a favorable recommendation to a request to rezone property for the development from open land to residential.
That request moves to the Town Council for its approval.
Lantz Development also is asking the Plan Commission to grant primary approval of the residential subdivision.
Doug Rettig, of Land Technologies, said engineering for the development is in the early stages.
The development already has been discussed during a commission study session. Before the panel votes on primary approval of the residential subdivision, the project will be discussed at least one more time in another work session.
During a recent study session, several residents who live nearby the site of the proposed project told town officials their properties have been affected by drainage problems for several years.
They said they aren't opposed to the construction of new homes, but they don't want the project to make drainage problems worse in their neighborhood.
Rettig said existing waterways used to drain the nearby properties won't be changed during the project.
A new detention pond would be created in the new residential community, Rettig said. The storm sewer system for the development would be connected to a pond. Water collected in the pond would be slowly released to prevent flooding issues.
Rettig said the drainage system created in the new development wouldn't cause additional problems for the existing homes near the project.
Some Plan Commission members think the project could enhance water flow in that area.
"I can't see how it won't be better with the drainage improvements going in," commission member Bill Jarvis said.
Town Manager Bob Volkmann said the town will supply nearby residents with plans for the development as they become available.
Volkmann also will make sure the residents are notified when any upcoming meetings about the development are scheduled so they can participate.