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Rezoning of country club, Coldwater passes panel

May 14, 2019

In two unanimous votes Monday, the Fort Wayne Plan Commission approved rezoning petitions and primary development plans for developments at the Pine Valley Country Club and in the 11300 block of Coldwater Road. 

The first development, a new three-story clubhouse at the Pine Valley Country Club, was met with some opposition from neighbors at the commission’s May 6 public hearing.

Those opposed to the development said the clubhouse, which will have 60 residential units above it, is too large and not in keeping with the neighborhood’s aesthetics. Residents also raised concerns about increased traffic and noise in the neighborhood. 

According to a Department of Planning Services staff report, rezoning the 10-acre site from single-family residential to multiple-family residential would be in compliance with the city’s comprehensive plan and “should not establish an undesirable precedent in the area.”

“The R3/Multiple Family Residential zoning will provide the opportunity to redevelop the existing country club while providing additional living opportunities in the northeast quadrant of the city,” the staff report states. 

The proposal for Coldwater Road involves building two one-story office buildings at about 14,000 square feet each. According to a staff report from the Department of Planning Services, “the site is deep and narrow from Coldwater Road, with the buildings located along the property line” and parking near both buildings.

The property is at 11305 Coldwater Road.

Residents who rose to speak during the May 6 public hearing said they were not necessarily opposed to the development but worried about the level of traffic the development would generate along Coldwater Road.

Particularly, residents worried that it would become more difficult to enter and exit neighborhoods located along Coldwater near the development. 

Both rezoning petitions will go before the Fort Wayne City Council for final approval. 

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