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New subdivision proposed for Schwartz Road, residents opposing

Last year, the duplex was denied, but the subdivision was approved. The new subdivision is an addition to the initial proposal and would make for a total of 155 homes on around 47 acres.

Posted: Jan 6, 2019 9:39 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2019 10:12 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Nearly a year after developers at Northeastern Development company proposed a duplex and subdivision along Schwartz Road, residents say another subdivision proposal will go through the planning commission this week. 

Last year, the duplex was denied, but the subdivision was approved. The new subdivision is an addition to the initial proposal and would make for a total of 155 homes on around 47 acres. 

"We're not opposing development. We're opposing irresponsible development," said Janese Latimer-Pierson who first spoke to FOX 55 last March. 

Latimer-Pierson lives in Woodfield Place, which would be directly behind the initial subdivision. 

"We have been trying to actively engage the developers and we want to be a part of planning our community," she said. 

The community opposes this type of development for several reasons, but said they feel their voices aren't really being heard. 

Taryn Willis said one of the reasons she's upset is because of the potential for flooding due to improper drainage, an issue we saw in the area last summer. 

"That's one of many. Amongst other things. Flooding, but primarily, just looking at the comps in this area, Woodfield Place, many of the surrounding homes around the field, it's not the same sort of characteristics," Willis said. 

Darrell Gerig used to work in finance. He said a lack of cohesion to the houses already in the area could result in a drop in property value. 

"The market value for the properties in this area, half a mile north and half a mile south of development, as well as Woodfield Place here, averages about $324,000," he said. 

Christine Rembarger has said from the beginning her main concern is the saftey of the nearby Amish community. 

"Their traverse is Schwartz Road to get to everywhere. So, we have to be considerate to the Amish and to our community as to what kinds of houses we do put in," she said. 

Her son, Graham Rembarger, said he's concerned for his quiet, rural way of life. 

"Quality of life is one of those things that can be maintained with an A1 [Agricultural] zoning instead of an R1 [Residential]," he said. 

The proposal will go before the planning commission Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Citizens Square. 

If you'd like to support the residents of Schwartz Road, sign their petition here. 

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