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Plan commission says no to Grabill-area homes

Allen County Plan commissioners voted down a controversial housing development near Grabill on Thursday.

The proposal by Granite Ridge Builders for Saddle Creek Estates included the rezoning and development of about 38 acres in the 12100 to 12500 block of Witmer Road. All surrounding properties are zoned agricultural.

Neighbors said the development would destroy a way of life in a predominantly Amish agricultural area and voiced traffic, drainage and safety concerns.

Granite Ridge had asked for the property to be changed from agricultural to single-family residential to accommodate the development of a 102-lot subdivision with a density of about 2.7 units an acre. The homes would be in the $175,000-to-$250,000 range.

Plan commission members voted 7-2 to recommend the Allen County commissioners deny the rezoning, with Susan Hoot and Ken Neumeister voting in favor of the rezoning.

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dstockman@jg.net

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