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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 am

Illinois Road project draws no opposition


A proposed housing addition to be called The Coves at Hawks Ridge soared through a public hearing Thursday before the Allen County Plan Commission.

No one spoke in opposition to the plan to place 48 single-family homes on 26.4 acres on the south side of the 13000 to 13500 blocks of Illinois Road in Aboite Township.

Neither did anyone speak to oppose an accompanying plan to make a private road serving the StorAmerica-Bridgewater self-storage facility into a public street to serve as access to the housing development. 

Jeff Thomas, co-owner of Oakmont Development of Fort Wayne, told plan commission members the road is needed because curb cuts could not be added to Illinois Road, which runs along the proposed development's northern edge.

Access will be from Rock Dove Road to the addition's west.

Thomas said Oakmont has been involved with several of the other developments in the immediate area, and they are all but full.

“We've found the need continues to be pretty great for single-family housing,” he said.

He added that the land is zoned for multifamily housing, but single-family homes are a permitted use under that classification and amount to a less-intensive use.

In other business, plan commissioners heard a proposal to move an access road on land near the Parkside hotel development along East Dupont Road to allow for the potential purchase of a corner outlot. 

A public hearing on “tweaks” to a recently adopted Huntertown zoning ordinance aligning it more with existing county and city zoning ordinances also drew no comments.

The plan commission will vote on the proposals at a business meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 in Room 30 or 35 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.