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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 21, 2017 5:00 pm

Commission approves Huntertown housing development


Despite opposition from residents at a public hearing last week, a 301-lot housing development on the grounds of Willow Ridge Golf Club in Huntertown and land in unincorporated Allen County got the go-ahead Thursday.

The Allen County Plan Commission voted unanimously to rezone the 77.8 county acres of the 111.4 in the development from agricultural to single-family residential. The project's primary development plan also was unanimously approved.

The Huntertown portion of the development, the  Communities of Willow Ridge, was already appropriately zoned. The Huntertown Town Council will vote on the development plan in October, Mike Aker, council president, said Thursday.   

Oakmont Development LLC, Fort Wayne, co-owned by Realtor and long-term developer Mike Thomas and Jeff Thomas, proposed the development. Residents said the number of homes was too high, given the land's history of flooding.

Also unanimously passed was a rezoning from low-intensity residential to general commercial and a primary development plan for Lima Road Self-Storage.

The plan is to bring 10 storage buildings containing 142,725 square feet on 11 acres at 12700 and 12714 Lima road.

The land is now occupied by DeWald Gardens plant nursery and garden center. The applicant is Time Corners Self-Storage, Fort Wayne, and Mark Cockroft. 

 Plan commission approval of a rezoning comes as a do-pass recommendation to the Allen County Commissioners, who must approve all rezonings.