Walden Clearing lot layout

A new community called Walden Clearing is proposed for Cline and 93rd avenues in St. John. The original plan called for 112 lots but it has since been reduced to 90. 

ST. JOHN — Two new subdivisions are moving forward in the town.

A new subdivision is being planned on property Suncrest Christian Church owns just south of the church at Parrish and 100th avenues.

The singe-family development would consist of 43 lots on just over 23 acres. 

Plans for the project include a sidewalk on the east side of Parrish Avenue from 100th Avenue to 99th Place. The town has plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of Parrish and Joliet Street directly to the north, and when it does, the plan is to extend the sidewalk to the roundabout and continue north to another subdivision.

Walden Clearing

A public hearing will be held at the June 6 Plan Commission meeting for the primary plat of Walden Clearing, a new community of 90 homesites on about 80 acres along the north and south side of 93rd Avenue just west of Cline Avenue.

Developers of the project recently received Town Council approval to rezone the land for R-2 residential zoning for single-family homes, which calls for minimum lot sizes that are smaller than allowed in R-1.

During the public hearing for the rezone request, several residents spoke out against the plan, saying there are too many developers building subdivisions with smaller lot sizes and adding to density and traffic issues. 

The Walden Clearing project calls for more than 25 acres of open space with parks, trails and landscape buffers along Cline, 93rd and the existing development on the west side.

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.