Allen County commissioners on Friday unanimously approved a controversial new housing subdivision near Grabill, despite the proposal being rejected by the Allen County Plan Commission in July.
Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown said she had changed her mind since she cast the “nay” vote as a member of the Plan Commission.
Granite Ridge Builders is requesting the 38-acre site in the 12100 to 12500 block of Witmer Road be rezoned from agricultural to single-family residential. The rezoning would assure the development of Saddle Creek Estates, a 102-lot subdivision. All surrounding properties are zoned agricultural.
Eighty-one neighbors had signed a petition against the proposal, with several citing traffic, safety and drainage concerns at a public hearing held in July. Others worried it would disrupt the Amish way of life and the farming community at large.
Some of those neighbors have contacted the commissioners since the hearing and voiced their concerns, Commissioner Nelson Peters said.
He has talked with residents and given the matter a lot of thought, Peters said.
“I have decided that the pros outweigh the cons,” Peters said.
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