FORT WAYNE – A pair of subdivisions that received a fair share of criticism will proceed after gaining approval from the Allen County Plan Commission on Thursday.
Canyon Bay is a 33-home addition in Perry Township where house prices will range from $200,000 to $300,000. Last week, the commission conducted a second public hearing on the multimillion-dollar development because its owner, Granite Ridge Builders, requested a delay so it could research the availability of city water for the Gump Road project.
The company had intended to use individual groundwater wells for each home, leading some neighbors to worry about supply and related problems.
But Granite Ridge attorney Joshua Neal said the firm did an about-face when it learned the city of Fort Wayne plans to extend water service to other developments in the Cedar Canyon Road area.
Without the citys involvement, the infrastructure improvements would have made tapping a municipal water line for Canyon Bay too costly, Neal said.
There were other grumblings from nearby neighborhoods, where some houses are valued at between $519,600 and $1.3 million. Neighbors complained of Canyon Bays density, traffic and other issues they felt would hurt property values.
The Allen County commissioners still must approve a rezoning request.
Other action regarding Granite Ridge was somewhat a moot point.
Last month, Allen County commissioners approved Saddle Creek Estates, a housing subdivision near Grabill, although the project was opposed by the plan commission in July. The commissioners didnt agree with their fellow panels do not pass recommendation, so that put the additions primary plan back before the plan commission, which approved it Thursday.
Granite Ridge wants to build the 102-lot subdivision on Witmer Road. Some 80 residents signed a petition opposing the development, citing traffic, safety and drainage as concerns.
Builder Martin Schmucker remains disappointed over local governments decision, he said.
The area is heavily populated with Amish, said Schmucker, whose home sits across the street from Saddle Creeks future location. The only entrance and exit is on Witmer Road, and there is no buggy lane. Its dangerous because we dont use cars. This is going to add (hundreds) of more cars to traffic.
Commissioner Therese Brown had said she changed her mind about the subdivision after initially rejecting it as a member of the plan commission.
Officials say home prices will range from $175,000 to $250,000.