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Ference gets subdivision OK

Updated: December 18, 2012 1:28PM



WINFIELD — On Dec. 13 Thomas and Janet Ference finally got all the kinks removed from their request to subdivide their 8.19 acre land at 6000 E. 109th Ave. into two lots to allow a second house to be built there.

Now that they have Doug Homeier of S&H Engineering and Surveyors of Merrillville putting together all the pieces to meet town ordinances the process is moving forward far faster than it had at their first attempt.

The Plan Commission approved the primary plat and is awaiting presentation in January of the final plat.

The BZA had approved the creation of two lots without the required front footage on 109th Avenue, but that does have an expiration date coming up after the first of the year. Homeier assured the town’s zoning administrator, Lance Ryskamp, that as soon as the primary plat is approved he is ready to bring in the final plat for approval and filing to meet that timeline.

Ryskamp told the commission members that Homeier had taken care of all of the previous issues on the septic system, water line and utility easement. Also changes were made to meet the concerns of the Fire Department, with a turn-around added at the end of the driveway on lot number two sufficient for the largest engines, and a dry hydrant added to lot number two to meet firefighting needs. There is a large pond on the property that will service the dry hydrant.

Water will be brought into the property from a main line that runs along 109th Avenue.

While no one was at the meeting to speak during the public hearing, there were two letters in file, one dated Oct. 23 and another Nov. 20, sent by nearby residents who expressed their concerns. According to Ryskamp the issues that they raised have been addressed and approved by the town’s engineer Michael Duffy from DLZ Engineering.

The intent of the Ference family is to build a home for their daughter’s family. The intent of the Plan Commission has always been to make sure that the subdivision was made so that lot would be able to stand on its own in case that house was ever sold.



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