Updated: October 22, 2013 1:15PM
CROWN POINT — The Plan Commission on Oct. 14 gave final approval to one developer and held a workshop with another developer on an entirely new subdivision. The amount of new homes under discussion is more than 230.
The plat given final approval was for Unit II in The Highlands of Ellendale Farm, under development by Tom Fleming. Unit II is for 41 lots.
Fleming usually comes in with all the infrastructure completed in each phase of his developments. Fleming told the commission that the surface coat still had to go on, but it would be done the next day.
The other development was a workshop for new owners of a previously approved, but now expired, plan for the southwest section of the city.
The area formerly known as Serenity Woods was closed down when that developer ran out of money as the recession set in. That owner has now sold the land to MCFS Development LLC. It will be developed by Frank Schilling of Schilling Development.
The land is located south of Feather Rock all the way south to 133rd Avenue. The names of the streets will be changed by Schilling. John Slager was there representing the developer.
The entrance on 133rd is what had originally been worked out between the former developer, the city engineering department and Lake County Highway Department. While this is a development within the city the maintenance of 133rd Avenue is the responsibility of the county.
Slager said that the park does not include the retention or wet-bottom pond. The park is close to four acres and is not counted as part of a retention pond.
Feder said that ideally a park would be located closer to the center of the development so that kids could make it close to home. Commissioner Dan Rohaley said, “For me, I think it’s a great project.”
Stager told the commission that if they move the park it may have to come in a later phase. The total development is for 191 single-family homes. Phase I is for just 38 lots off of 133rd Avenue.