General Discussion of Master Plan

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General Discussion of Master Plan

Postby Big Dog » Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:18 pm

The City of Crown Point is developing a new master plan for the city. They have hired The Lakota Group and Metro Transportation Group as consultants to assist in developing the plan. The Crown Point Network is posting the details of this plan on our site as well as creating a special section of our discussion forum to discuss this important plan. We welcome your comments.

This post is for a general discussion of the new master plan. Other posts are for specific areas of the plan.

Plan is located here: http://www.crownpoint.net/CP_Master_Plan/Master_Plan_Index.html
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Postby Ray Gun » Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:37 am

Most people that I have talked to about the plan are concerned that if too many apartments are built in Crown Point it will start to look like Merrillville. Property Values in Merrillville have been declining. I hope the same thing does not occur in Crown Point.
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Postby bull dog » Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:37 am

Lakota Group Website

http://www.thelakotagroup.com/


Not much to look at..... :oops:
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Postby Up All Night » Tue Mar 29, 2005 8:52 pm

Does anyone know what the next step is for the master plan. Are there any upcoming meetings?
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Upcoming Meeting May 16 at 7pm

Postby bull dog » Thu May 05, 2005 1:17 am

This story ran on nwitimes on Sunday, May 1, 2005 12:14 AM CDT

Plan shows C.P.'s ambitions
BY ALLISON FASHEK

CROWN POINT | When discussions about the city's updated master plan began, 129th Avenue was considered a reasonable outer limit for Crown Point.

A year later, as officials consider annexing 456 acres of farmland south of and adjacent to 129th Avenue, the city already is passing that limit by and looking farther down the road.

As Planning and Building Director Curt Graves said, the preliminary plan draft, put together by the Chicago-based consulting firm The Lakota Group, Inc., does not include many surprises to those who have attended input meetings during the past several months.

The big picture indicates a focus on growing the city to the west residentially, while building out commercially to the east along with more dense residential neighborhoods. A look at the plan's colorful future land use map shows a city that's ambitiously expected to grow as far out as 137th Avenue to the south and to the west past Clark Street, below U.S. 231 stretching out to Cline Street. To the east the city's boundaries are projected to reach out to Colorado Street.

That fits in with Mayor Dan Klein's vision of the city and its limits, which he told residents last week already were moving out to 133rd Avenue due to new housing subdivisions, including Feather Rock and Hidden Lake.

Business parks are suggested in the plan for the area between 113th and 101st avenues, and Interstate 65 and Broadway. Business parks also are recommended east of Interstate 65 to Iowa Street. The plan suggests I-65 be lined with a mix of offices and hotels, as well as some residential development.

The idea is to attract commercial centers, modern business parks and office campuses for the I-65 corridor near the U.S. 231 interchange, future 109th Avenue interchange and the Purdue Technology Center. Outdated industrial sites also should be "re-established" as business park settings or be converted to residential use or open spaces.

"In 10 years, it's envisioned that the economic development of the city will have put Crown Point on the 'Midwest map' as a highly desirable place to do business," the plan says.

[EXTRAS]
The Plan Commission will host a public hearing on the master plan at 7 p.m. May 16 in Council Chambers. The plan later will go to the City Council for approval. A copy now is available in the city's Planning and Building Department.

The draft of the city's master plan lists new roadway connections that would give motorists more options and potentially reduce the burden on Main Street, Indiana Avenue and U.S. 231 in the future. They include:
-- Main Street between Crown Point High School at 125th Avenue and 133rd Avenue, on the east side of the Youche Country Club.
-- 125th Avenue between Court Street and Cedar Lake Road.
-- 129th Avenue between Indiana Avenue and Cedar Lake Road.
-- Madison Street between U.S. 231 and Greenwood Avenue and North Street.


Ideas, such as linking 129th Avenue across I-65, will play a major role in providing access to the southern portion of the city and a future development corridor, the plan says. Other suggestions for improving transportation in the city include:
-- Installing traffic signals on Summit Street at Merrillville Road and Indiana Street and on North Street at Indiana Avenue.
-- Widening Broadway to five lanes to accommodate future development and creating dedicated left-turn lanes.
-- Improving pavement on 109th and 113th avenues.
-- Eliminating the frontage road south of Birch Street to consolidate curb cuts on Main Street and establishing cross-access easements between properties.
-- Rerouting U.S. 231 along the south edge of the courthouse.
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Postby bull dog » Tue May 17, 2005 9:21 am

Residents not keen on 231 proposal

CROWN POINT | As the city opened up the formal review and approval process of its new master plan Monday night, the hot topic on residents' minds was the proposed re-routing of U.S. 231.

A number of people, including former Mayor James Forsythe, spoke against smoothing out the curve of the road using land at the northeast corner of the old high school site to pull truck traffic off the square.

"In my opinion, you're gonna screw up the square," Forsythe said. "I don't think the truck traffic warrants what you're saying."

Larry Geisen, who owns a funeral home downtown, said he didn't see the economic benefit of spending millions to acquire the land necessary to move the road.

Of the 50 people who attended the Plan Commission's public hearing on the document, others said they didn't think the city provided enough access for residents to see the plan. One copy has been available in the city's Building and Planning Office for the past few weeks. As a result, at the suggestion of member John Marshall, the Plan Commission voted 6-1 to continue the public hearing at its next meeting on June 13. The city will make copies available at the library starting today.

"We don't want anybody to say this was a closed process," Mayor Dan Klein said.

John LaMotte, principal of the Chicago-based consulting firm The Lakota Group, started the meeting by going over the final draft.

Maps show the city growing residentially to the west, while building out commercially to the east along with more dense residential neighborhoods. They also envision a city expected to grow as far out as 137th Avenue to the south and to the west past Clark Street, below U.S. 231 stretching out to Cline Street. To the east, the city's boundaries are projected to reach out to Colorado Street. By 2020, the city's population could grow from 19,806 to 58,000, LaMotte said.

Business parks are suggested in the plan for the area between 113th and 101st avenues, and Interstate 65 and Broadway. They're also recommended east of I-65 to Iowa Street. The plan suggests I-65 be lined with a mix of offices and hotels, as well as some residential development. The idea is to attract commercial centers, modern business parks and office campuses for the I-65 corridor near the U.S. 231 interchange, future 109th Avenue interchange and the Purdue Technology Center. Overall, the plan sets aside an additional 16.8 million square feet of business space, LaMotte said.

Gayle Van Sessen, executive director of the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce, said she was ecstatic about the placement of business parks near the Purdue building.

LaMotte also showed plans for the downtown with the city and school system sharing land on the east flank of the old high school site that could be used for a civic festival space, a city hall and/or a library. The Crown Point Community School Corp. is currently moving forward with plans to build a new middle school, using the entire old high school site.

"The school district hasn't grasped what this means for the downtown," LaMotte said, explaining that using the eastern portion of the land could expand the square.

Some in the audience, including Winfield's new town planner, said they didn't understand why the school system wanted to build a new middle school so close to Robert Taft Middle School, instead of further east. No members of the School Board attended the meeting.

Commission member Carol Drasga urged people to call School Board members about the issue.

From the Times May 17, 05
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Postby -={ARCLIGHT}=- » Tue May 17, 2005 10:41 am

Tepid response to Crown Point land-use plan
May 17, 2005

By Pamela Lewis Dolan / Post-Tribune staff writer



CROWN POINT ? The final draft of the city?s master land-use plan was met with a luke warm reception from residents who felt the U.S 231 realignment project was unnecessary, and others who felt they weren?t given an adequate opportunity to review the final draft before the public hearing.

The first person to speak at the Plan Commission?s public hearing held Monday evening at City Hall was former Crown Point Mayor James Forsythe. Forsythe questioned John LaMotte, Lakota principal, on the need for the realignment project that will re-route U.S. 231 south of the Old Courthouse Square.

?You?re gonna screw up the Square,? Forsythe said, adding that he would do his own truck-traffic study to prove the problems Lakota is saying the project will solve are non-existent.

Eileen Schultz, who lives on Joliet, told the Plan Commission, and LaMotte, that it isn?t the trucks that are the problem. ?It?s the cars,? she said. And giving vehicles a straight shot from Interstate 65 through town will only worsen the problem, she said.

Gayle Van Sessen, executive director of the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce, applauded Lakota for their ?give and take? with the business community while working on the plan.

But she said the realignment project, ?seems to be the issue that doesn?t sit real well with people.?

Other issues raised during the meeting was the published report from Lakota that apparently has been available at the Building and Planning Department?s office for three weeks, but few people had the opportunity to view it, or even knew it was there.

Linda Sons called the process in which the city scheduled the meeting ?grossly unfair? by not giving people ample time to review the final draft before being asked to comment on it.

Mayor Dan Klein said a few copies will be made available by today at the library.

After the meeting lasted more than two hours, and several people expressed interest in reviewing the report, the commission members voted to continue the public hearing until June 13.



Contact Pam Dolan at 648-3102 or pdolan@post-trib.com
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Postby Ray Gun » Tue May 17, 2005 8:55 pm

I went to the meeting and was supprised that no one at the meeting had any problems with the plan with the exception of the 231 "smoothing out" as John Lakota liked to call it. I was expecting a crazy meeting and I was disapointed. It was nice to see former Crown Point Mayor James Forsythe speak out on the 231 plans.
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Postby Big Dog » Thu May 19, 2005 8:59 pm

The Crown Point Network has posted drawings from the final draft of Crown Point's new master plan on our website.

The plan was prepared by The Lakota Group, a consulting firm hired by the City of Crown Point.

The City of Crown Point's Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on the plan at a June 13 meeting. It is important that interested citizens attend this important meeting.

You will need to have Adobe Reader to view the files available free on the www.adobe.com website. Some of the files are fairly large and may download slowly.

Soon we will be adding additional materials and graphics.

CLICK HERE
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Postby Big Dog » Mon May 23, 2005 8:27 pm

We have added a copy of the entire master plan to our website which is available as one 14 meg download.


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Middle school project set to start in Crown Point

Postby Big Dog » Tue May 24, 2005 11:40 pm

Middle school project set to start in Crown Point
Tuesday, may 24, 2005

By Pamela Lewis Dolan / Post-Tribune staff writer

The Crown Point Community School Corp. announced Monday night they will be awarding the first phase of bids on June 7 for construction of the new middle school.

The announcement came just days after the state tax control board approved the new construction.

School Superintendent H. Steve Sprunger said the State Tax Control Board voted 5-0 on May 10 to approve the sale of $45,900,000 of bonds. The funds will pay for the construction of the new school, renovation of Taft Middle School and also provide money for the school corporation to acquire property east of the city for future growth.

Sprunger said on the day of the hearing, the group from Crown Point arrived downstate early enough to observe others schools? presentations before it was their turn. He said the other projects were quite extensive, but Crown Point was the first district to request a new school and school construction.

The tax board said Crown Point?s project was ?one of the most economical and fiscally responsible projects taking place in the state at this time,? according to Sprunger.

He said the tax board was pleased and impressed the school corporation was able to save $5 million by salvaging the site of the old high school.

?This was one of the last major legal hurdles we?ll have to contend with at the state level,? Sprunger said.

The first phase bids for the $38 million project will be awarded at a special meeting at 8 a.m. June 7 at the school corporation?s Administrative Service Center.
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Postby Ray Gun » Fri Jun 03, 2005 12:44 am

City, businesses talk about vision for I-65

CROWN POINT | The city's Redevelopment Commission will meet with large development groups in the next couple of weeks to discuss the future of the Interstate 65 and U.S. 231 intersection and the surrounding area.

The new economic development director, Frank Mosko, told members of the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that it will be up to the city to decide whether to develop the corridor on its own or hire a development company to do the work, while the city maintains overall control.

A development group could help the city see more clearly what a project would look like and allow city officials to work on marketing and creating incentives to draw businesses, Mosko said. It also could give the city a realistic idea of the value of land along the corridor, which many expect to have increased since Gordon Food Service abandoned plans to build two distribution centers there in 2004.

"I don't know if that's reasonable or not," Mosko said.

Some chamber members questioned how the city can move ahead with plans to develop the corridor when it does not own all of the land.

"In city government all you can do is try to adopt the right mix of incentives to do things," said Councilman Bob Corbin. "We can talk about I-65 up and down, but right now it's somebody else's real estate."

Mosko, who brought along a representative of a development entity whose name he couldn't divulge because of a confidentiality agreement, said it will be up to developers to buy the land. He said if property owners are reluctant to sell, models can be built around them.

Others asked what the city can do to make itself more attractive to businesses. Mosko encouraged talking to legislators about changing state laws that prevent tax increment financing bonds from being used to buy large masses of land and extending tax abatement to equipment used for distribution. Getting land titles in order along the corridor also could help.

But the bottom line in bringing companies to the city will be creating opportunities for them to make returns on their investments, Mosko said.

"I think the first placement out there is going to be most critical," Mosko said. "My biggest fear is that the first placement will contaminate the area."

Gayle Van Sessen, executive director of the chamber, praised Mosko and the city for hiring an economic development director.

"The timing is perfect," she said. "There are lots of things happening, and we needed somebody with expertise in the administration to talk to these people."

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Master plan public hearing rescheduled

Postby Big Dog » Fri Jun 10, 2005 1:20 am

Master plan public hearing rescheduled

The city's Plan Commission has rescheduled the continuation of a public hearing on the final draft of the updated master plan from Monday to June 20. The rescheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 102 North East St. The special meeting was scheduled because the agenda for the Monday meeting is long. The Plan Commission chose to continue the public hearing to give more people a chance to see the plan and comment on it. Copies of the plan are available in the city's Planning and Building Department, the Crown Point Community Library and on this web site.

http://www.crownpoint.net/CP_Master_Pla ... Index.html
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Postby Black Mamba » Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:26 pm

Getting land titles in order along the corridor also could help.


What does he mean by this? It sounds to me like the city buying the land.
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Postby -={ARCLIGHT}=- » Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:09 pm

Well the Lakota plan passed two days ago and not a peep on this board.
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