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July 15, 2013

Public comment to be heard Monday on The Farm

The Zionsville Plan Commission will hear public comments Monday evening, July 15, about a development planned for the southwest corner of 116th Street and Michigan Road. Originally slated for the commission's June meeting, a remonstrator came forward June 10 to file an automatic continuance.

In May, Pittman Partners LLC filed plans for a mixed-use development on 62 acres at 11675 Sycamore St. (116th Street), which would require rezoning from residential (R-2) to planned use development (PUD). To be called The Farm, the development would include retail, commercial, multi-family and single-family units.

According to paperwork filed with the plan commission and available for public viewing, J. William Ferree of 11702 Sycamore St., filed for the continuance to allow time to express his concerns about the project, which would be directly across the street from his home. A letter from Ferree's attorney states Ferree wishes to "protect the integrity of Sycamore Street with it remaining a street that serves his property and residence as well as others on the north side."

The letter also states that Ferree's goal is to keep the development from causing traffic, noise and sound, light and other byproducts of development from materially affecting the Ferree property. It includes a list of concerns and possible resolutions. They cover landscaping, traffic signals, turn lanes, pedestrian and truck traffic, unit sizes and locations within the development, sewers, disturbances to surrounding property owners during construction, and impact on Zionsville Community Schools.

"We're going before the Zionsville Plan Commission on Monday evening, and they will hear our petition to rezone our property we're calling the Farm at Zionsville to a PUD ordinance," said Steve Pittman, a principal along with his brother, Chad Pittman, in Pittman Properties. "We've met with many neighborhood groups, homeowner associations, individual homeowners, the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and many others. Through that process we got lots of comments about things they'd like us to change, and we have made some modifications after hearing many opinions."

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