Vote on Schwartz Road housing development tabled

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A vote on a major housing development along Schwartz Road by the Allen County commissioners will have to wait.

The commissioners on Friday tabled a vote for two weeks after Commissioner Linda Bloom failed to appear at the regular meeting. Commissioners Therese Brown and Nelson Peters completed their full agenda and recessed five minutes to allow for Bloom to arrive for the discussion, but she never did.

The commissioners were considering rezoning petitions for more than 30 acres on the west side of the 7700 to 7900 blocks of Schwartz Road to allow for the development of a 65-building rental duplex complex and an 89-lot single family housing subdivision there.

The planned development has drawn the ire of residents in the area, who have argued The Lakes of Woodfield and The Village of Woodfield projects would lead to increased traffic in the largely agricultural area populatated by many Amish families. Others have raised fears that the development would include Section 8 housing, which could increase crime in the area.

The development group, NWM Corp., has said there is a high demand for housing in the area which has experienced tremendous growth.

Hundreds have signed a petition to halt the development. Many of those showed up for Friday’s meeting expecting a decision.

Peters told the crowd he “hated like heck” that a vote wasn’t had Friday morning but he said considering the crowd and the interest in the decision, all three commissioners should vote. The commissioners did question the Department Planning Services about all of the concerns and concerned residents spoke for 50 minutes.

Bloom has a long and public history of attendance issues at her commissioner meetings.

The commissioners will take up the matter again May 11.

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