Proposed Schwartz Road development passes in planning commission

The 150 lot subdivision was proposed last week. The developer, Ric Zehr, wanted a 155 lot subdivision, a change to a proposal that passed last year.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 7:29 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2019 6:40 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - An amended proposal for a subdivision along Schwartz Road passed in the planning commission Thursday afternoon. 

The 150 lot subdivision was proposed last week. The developer, Ric Zehr, wanted a 155 lot subdivision, a change to a proposal that passed last year. 

Zehr had to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals for waiver on five of the lots, but the board didn't reach a vote Wednesday. 

Instead, the developer changed the proposal to only include 150 lots. 

Board members did acknowledge public opposition against the development, but said they will look at changes to Schwartz Road if needed to accommodate traffic and the Amish community. 

"We are very disappointed, but at the same time we expected this to a certain degree because they didn't listen to us last year. We feel like they are not listening to the community. We feel it's more, they're developing but they're not looking at the quality and the kind of development," said Janese Latimer-Pierson. "Once again, we're not against development, but we are against poor-planned development, we're against development that does not enhance our community, we're against development that's not cohesive to our community." 

From here, the proposal goes to the county commissioners. 

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