WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A recent rezone of nearly three acres of land in western Tippecanoe County from residential to agriculture brought up concerns from neighbors about what the future of the area will look like as more development comes to U.S. 231.
“You’re going to have pockets like you have today,” Tippecanoe County resident Margareta Fong said Monday. “You’re going to have an [agriculture zone] there, and other pockets. It’s going to be like the south side of town, and people are extremely worried trust me.”
Tippecanoe County Area Planner Ryan O’Gara said years of planning were meant to avoid a patchwork of zoning in the soon-to-be-developed U.S. 231 corridor. He said there are only a few spots where commercial development will be encouraged.
“We felt like the 231 and 52 intersection and the Cumberland and 231 intersection are areas that were more than appropriate for a commercial node of some kind as opposed to a strip,” O’Gara said.
The intersections that are established residential areas already, like near Lindberg Road and 231, are encouraged to remain residential zoning.
“We had a rezoning petition in that vicinity maybe a year ago,” O’Gara said. “It was a very small little site, but they wanted to go to a commercial zone and it was just out of place.”
O’Gara admits some zoning in the county is not uniform. For example, on Klondike Road residential and general business zoning scatter the roadway.
“The county commissioners at the time supported zoning in certain areas thinking the community would grow in a certain way,” O’Gara said. “In places it worked as they thought, and in other places it didn’t.”
O’Gara said the original design of the corridor was to avoid strip-like development, like you would see on Sagamore Parkway. It’s designed so there are few driveways that have direct access onto the road. That’s why planners want to keep commercial development around the already established intersections.