CEDAR LAKE — The Plan Commission approved a preliminary plat put before it by a Cedar Lake couple during its final April meeting.
Jeremy and Michelle Kuiper, of Cedar Lake, are looking to build on a 4-acre parcel at 8919 W. 141st. Ave. Their plan requires approval of a one-lot subdivision, the plat for which the commission reviewed and approved. Their representative, Jack Huls, asked that certain town rules be waived; two eventually were but one was not.
The Kuipers had asked for a deeper rear yard setback, 30 feet, which is deeper than the town-required 25 feet. This waiver was granted, but the commission did not ultimately approve their request to waive the sidewalk requirement.
Even a one-lot subdivision requires its developers to put in a sidewalk, per town ordinance. Huls pointed out that a sidewalk, estimated at $7,500 for 30 feet, would have no other sidewalks to connect with on 141st Avenue.
The town’s director of operations Tim Kubiak, said that unconnected sidewalks, while “leading nowhere” when first constructed, do ultimately link up and provide pedestrian access, per the town’s expressed commitment to make Cedar Lake a walkable community.
The commission ultimately denied the request for a sidewalk waiver.