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Allen County commissioners approve rezoning of Canyon Bay subdivision

Critic had derided Gump Road plan as ‘trailer park’

– The Allen County commissioners gave final approval Friday to a rezoning request that will allow the development of a 33-lot, single-family subdivision on Gump Road.

Canyon Bay in Perry Township will offer homes in the $200,000 to $300,000 range, not as high as neighboring homes with values between $519,600 and $1.3 million.

Initially, the proposed 17-acre development was criticized by neighbors who cited density, water supply and traffic concerns, with one neighbor calling the proposed development a “trailer park.”

But there was no public remonstrance at a second public hearing, said Michelle Wood, senior planner for the Department of Planning Services.

Granite Ridge Builders had intended to use individual groundwater wells for each home, but that plan changed when the city of Fort Wayne announced plans to extend water service to other developments in the Cedar Canyon Road area.

Granite Ridge has specified City Utilities as the water source for Canyon Bay, Wood said.

Not mentioned was the ordinance passed this week by the Huntertown Council that establishes a water service area that extends four miles beyond the town’s corporate limits, encompassing the Canyon Bay site.

While the town’s new law excludes customers who were – as of Monday – already being served by Fort Wayne City Utilities, it stipulates that the town is the exclusive water supplier to customers within that area, and other utilities are prohibited from furnishing water services in the area.

Commissioners also OK’d a second rezoning of about eight acres north of the Bridgewater subdivision on Indiana 14-Illinois Road, where a shopping center had been proposed.

The site has not developed in that direction, and zoning would need to be changed from community shopping center to planned limited commercial, Wood said.

The site already contains a number of offices, and a senior living development is in the works, causing the developer’s plans to shift from a shopping center to a self-storage development, she said.