Planners pass 2 housing projects

August 25, 2018

The Allen County Plan Commission unanimously approved rezonings and primary development plans Thursday for two Fall Creek Development proposals.

Drayton’s Reserve in Perry Township outside Huntertown and The Park at Wellington Reserve on the north side of Bass Road near Thomas Road in Washington Township were given the go-ahead.

Even though residents turned out in force and presented commissioners with petitions with more than 120 signatures opposing the Wellington Reserve plan at a public hearing last week, no one turned out for the vote at Thursday’s meeting.

However, residents were successful in having the developer prepare and sign a written commitment limiting uses in both the rental residential and commercial aspects of the development.

The Park at Wellington Reserve includes six rental triplexes containing three units each and two commercial buildings.

According to the commitment, the triplexes cannot be used as group homes of any kind, including sorority and fraternity houses. The commercial buildings would be for personal and professional services and could not become treatment facilities, a fire station or homeless shelter, according to a list of about two dozen prohibited uses.

A waiver of development standards was granted to use an existing woods and wetlands on the property of another Wellington addition nearby as an alternative to standard buffering of trees and a fence.  

The approval of Drayton’s Reserve, on Woods Road, includes a written commitment that the development will have no more than five buildings with two units each among its 11 detached single-family homes.

The approved zonings were to two-family residential for Drayton’s Reserve and to limited commercial and multifamily residential for The Park at Wellington Reserve.

All rezonings must also be approved by the county commissioners. Plan commission zoning approvals come as do-pass recommendations to the commissioners.


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