Updated: May 13, 2014 3:29AM
The vacant land located on the South side of 109th Avenue and east of I-65 formerly known as the Fricke Trust was given approval at the May 5 first reading by the Crown Point City Council to have the zoning changed from Ag-1 to Residential-2.
This is a zone change ordinance and does need a second reading by the council at the June meeting. The vote was 5-1 with Bill Feder, D-at-Large, voting no. He also voted no as a member of the Plan Commission on April 14. Feder stated that he thought that the land should be zoned R-1, requiring larger lots.
Attorney Jim Wieser told the council that he didn’t know when any construction would be started, because the developers still have to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals for permission to build duplexes on the western edge of the property as a buffer zone between the detached single-family homes and commercial property. They will still need to go before the Plan Commission with their subdivision plans.
According to Wieser the developer is looking at 197 lots which will be subject to refinement in the Plan Commission meetings. He was reminded by Council President Bob Clemons R-2, that the property also needs a park, not just the green areas caused by the wetlands.
At the beginning of the council meeting Lee Doffin from Highland spoke in the open section for public comment. Doffin told the council that he used to farm the Fricke land. He also has farmland across the street. Doffin said: “The developer came out and was digging. The North East corner was a big pond. It is now on my property.” According to Doffin the developer blew out two tiles. “I don’t know what to do,” Doffin said.
City engineer Tris Miles told the council that he was aware that the developer was doing exploratory digging. Miles asked Doffin to call his office so he can get more facts.