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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 09, 2018 1:57 pm

Retirement duplexes OK'd across from Homestead

Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette

In a unanimous vote, the Allen County commissioners Friday approved a rezoning to allow single-story Yellow Retirement duplexes on the north side of Aboite Center Road across from Homestead High School.

The rezoning, which was requested by JRP ll, changes the land from A3 estates zoning to R2 dual family residential. Two residents opposed the change at a County Plan Commission public hearing last month.

The Plan Commission approved the rezoning in a 7-2 vote, Patrick Rew, principal planner at the Department of Planning Services, told the commissioners.

"The applicant would like to build two free-standing duplexes on this property. In the end, when all is said and done, it's approximately two units per acre," Rew said.

The applicant also provided a written commitment to limit uses on the land and landscape the property similarly to what a single-family home would have, Rew said. The property will also be limited to two driveways. The homes will not be painted yellow.

"This is a different product that Mr. Parent is trying to provide his clients. He does have requests for larger units, maybe a little nicer amenities," Rew said. "So these won't be constructed in the same vein as his typical yellow retirement facilities."

At the Plan Commission hearing last month, the rezoning was opposed by a father and son, who own properties near the proposed development. The pair told the commission they had placed deed restrictions on their own properties to prevent further subdivision and felt the size of the lot was not appropriate for the proposed use.

"The comprehensive plan talks about mixed use developments providing living opportunities for various income classes and age groups at different price points," Rew said. "East is Homestead Road, you have subdivisions with over three units per acre. It's just that this particular section was split up by this family and there are other metes and bounds lots that are similar to the size of the one we're looking at today that could subdivide and go smaller than they are now."