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Dayton Town Council approves controversial rezoning for new subdivision

The Dayton Town Council approved a controversial rezoning for a new subdivision Monday night. The vote comes after nearly two years of discussion.

Posted: Mar 5, 2018 11:09 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2018 9:21 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Dayton Town Council approved a controversial rezoning for a new subdivision Monday night. The vote comes after nearly two years of discussion.

South of town on Dayton Road, developers are expected to build a subdivision with 110 homes.

Monday night, the town council voted in favor of rezoning the property from agricultural to residential. Ron Koehler was the only council member to vote no. He has been vocally against it from the start.

The town council voted to annex the land for the proposed subdivision last summer.

Last month, the Area Plan Commission recommended approval of a rezoning for the subdivision in a 12-1 vote.

The project has caused a lot of controversy in Dayton and it's divided some neighbors. Supporters said they welcome growth and think it will be good for businesses in town.

"The town needs to grow because we want to be able to control the growth that happens around us," said LaDonna Snyder. "We don't want to end up like Speedway, where you have this town that is surrounded on all sides by Indianapolis. We don't want to be like that with Lafayette."

Those against it said they are concerned about added traffic and worry about having to pay to expand utilities to the area.

"I'm not happy, but what can you do? It is what it is. They're going to rezone and ya know, we need growth, but we don't need that many houses," said Gordon Hardebeck.

From here, the developers will submit the subdivision for a sketch plan review.

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