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Cedar Creek rezoning gets OK

July 28, 2018

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Allen County commissioners approved rezoning more than 100 acres so that Cedar Creek Golf Club can become an upscale housing addition in northern Allen County.

The rezoning, which received unanimous approval from the Allen County Plan Commission last month, changes nearly 116 acres on the south side of the 10000 to 10300 blocks of Garman Road from its current agricultural designation to a single-family zoning.

Plans for Tullymore Run, the upscale housing addition planned for the site, call for 120 homes. Most of the lots are about a half-acre in size, but some are an acre or more, Michelle Wood, Department of Planning Services senior planner, told the commissioners. The project will be served by the Leo-Cedarville Sewer District and a private well for water.

Friday’s rezoning approval went more smoothly than two recent votes that were rescheduled because Commissioner Linda Bloom was absent for the scheduled meeting. Bloom was present Friday to cast a vote in favor of the Tullymore Run development. 

The planned addition was opposed by some area residents who contended that the project does not conform with the county’s conceptual development and comprehensive plans. Residents were also concerned with traffic to the area, storm drainage and water quality, property values, the school system and the perceived potential that the development could bring commercial development in the future. 

During Friday’s meeting, Wood said the project is on the edge of the county’s conceptual development map, which was put together about a decade ago. However, Wood noted that simply because the project falls outside the map’s boundaries, there are other factors that were considered by staff. 

“I think if we kind of step away from the fact that it’s over that border, but look at all the other things, like it is adjacent residential, this is a very developed area residentially,” Wood said. 

Although the plan commission and county commissioners must consider the comprehensive plan, it’s up to the commissioners to make the final decision.

“These are items that are there for you. The comprehensive plan is one of those items as a guide ... It’s meant to be a guide. It’s not a checklist,” Wood said. “Neither are the items in state law. They’re not a checklist for you to check off either. They’re things for you to consider.” 

dgong@jg.net

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