26 residential lots are planned for Hanover area
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org October 8, 2013 12:26PM
Updated: December 9, 2013 11:54AM
CROWN POINT — A special Lake County Plan Commission meeting on Sept. 30 considered a plan to put 26 residential lots on 46 acres in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of 117th Avenue and Calumet Avenue in Hanover Township.
K &D Development Co. asked the commission for three separate but related approvals, necessary to be able to develop the estate subdivision in the manner they envision. The plan includes the roads necessary to have two access points. The name of the subdivision will be Fair Ridge Estates.
Each of the lots would range in size from 1.75 acres to 5.275 acres. That largest lot is designated as lot number 19 and in an agreement with the Plan Commission the developers agreed to add what had been an out-lot for storm water storage pond as part of lot number 19.
The county wants to eliminate all out-lots in subdivisions in unincorporated areas. The problem with out-lots, as Ned Kovachevich, Lake County planning director, explained, it that when the property becomes older, someone along the line wants to develop those “out-lots” that were meant to be there for the community.
Kovachevich said that a similar situation is being brought before the commissioners by attorney David Austgen. He has a client who purchased the out-lot in another subdivision at tax sale. Somehow the county looked at the property that had not been paying any taxes and decided that it needed to pay taxes. A tax number was issued and when taxes were not paid it went on the county tax sale.
Austgen’s client purchased the property and wants to develop the lots.
Kovachevich’s point was well-taken by both the commissioners and the developer. Kovachevich recommended that the developer make the out-lot part of lot 19 and erase the lot line. There will have to be an easement granted by the developer for the stormwater drainage to go there.
Jim Wieser, attorney for this developer, conferred with his clients and said, “My clients would have no objections to erase the lot line and make that all part of lot number 19.” Wieser added that it will not be a buildable lot.
The developers Ken Krysinski and Lance Dabrowski received the Plan Commission approval to allow a subdivision with excessive depth in relation to width. It is not a big issue on these acreage lots.
They also received an exemption from being required to have curbs and gutters with their street improvements. This is a requirement in a subdivision within a two-mile radius of an incorporated municipality. It was approved because there are no storm sewers in that area for the gutters to connect to.
The developers received their primary subdivision approval for 26 acreage lots.