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No well water for proposed homes

– A 33-home addition in Perry Township intends to move forward after a plan to use well water was scrapped.

The Allen County Plan Commission listened Thursday during a second public hearing about the multimillion-dollar subdivision that would include houses ranging in price from $200,000 to $300,000. The panel first heard about Canyon Bay in August.

Granite Ridge Builders is seeking primary and rezoning approvals for the addition. The commission will vote on the project next Thursday.

Panel members were set to vote on the project late last month, but representatives for Granite Ridge requested a delay to address water well issues. There was concern among some neighbors about groundwater supply.

But Granite Ridge attorney Joshua Neal said officials have since learned that the city of Fort Wayne plans to extend water service to other developments in the Cedar Canyon Road area. Those infrastructure improvements would make tapping a municipal water line for Canyon Bay no longer too expensive, Neal said.

“This all came together over the last several days,” he said. “There is no need for individual wells now.”

Canyon Bay would rise on East Gump Road near Windward Hills, Windover and Sunset Lake Estates additions. The proposed subdivision caused an uproar among some homeowners in the area, where some houses are valued at from $519,600 to $1.3 million. Neighbors complained of density, traffic and related problems that they felt would hurt property values.