Layne Crest Proposed Rezoning Event History

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August 12, 2011

On August 12, 2011, two Zoning Change Applications were submitted to the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission for property in the Layne Crest Addition owned by Homer J. Bradburn of Bradburn Realty, LP and Wiltshire Properties, LLC (Homer Bradburn President of both). Case Number 04-11z ( application | map) is for the rezoning from R3 to Community Business of the property defined as 2300-2400 Block of W. McGalliard Rd. and 3100 N. Winston Dr., Muncie, IN. The purpose of this rezoning was stated as "to help attract future business and development". Case Number 05-11z ( application | map) is for the rezoning from R3 to R5 of the property defined as 2011 W. McGalliard Rd., Muncie, IN. The purpose of this rezoning was stated as "apartment buildings containing 216 units, 584 beds marketed toward student living".

August 29, 2011

Homeowners in the neighborhood submitted the following letter to the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission:

August 29, 2011

To: Members of the Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission
From: Interested Parties re Zoning Change

As concerned homeowners in the affected area we are asking that you vote AGAINST the rezoning requests petitioned by Bradburn Realty, LP and Wiltshire Properties, LLC and Campus Crest Development for the 2000-2400 blocks along McGalliard Ave.

We have several areas of concern regarding the development of a proposed 216 unit apartment complex and future business development at this location. Namely:

  1. Muncie residents have long been concerned about the entry corridor into town and the image we project to incoming visitors. A large residence hall located in a residential area would not enhance our image. Such construction would create traffic congestion, increased noise levels and litter that would not be appealing to visitors or anyone else. Consider the unsightly trash that already lines McGalliard in front of the Wal-Mart/Lowes area. It seems that we were assured that that area would be kept clean and appealing and that barriers would be in place to keep those areas out of direct view.
  2. McGalliard Ave. is already a heavily travelled and noisy thoroughfare that residences must endure. To add additional traffic flow created by 216 apartment dwellers does not seem to be considerate of local residents.
  3. McGalliard is a main route for emergency vehicles, particularly to the hospital and fire protection for Ball State University. Additional traffic created by such a residence area could interfere with those services.
  4. Creation of a large residence building and the additional congestion is also a great concern for the safety of middle school students walking and biking to and from school.
  5. Development of a large business area in the midst of an existing residential area would/could significantly lower the value of existing homes and property. Residential areas that were developed as quiet neighborhoods where people chose to settle and raise their families would surely be compromised.

We thank you for your consideration of this matter that we consider of great importance.

September 1st, 2011

The Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Plan Commission voted against both Zoning Change Applications at their regular monthly meeting on September 1st, 2011 at 6:30pm ( agenda | minutes | The Star Press article page 1 and page 2 | The Ball State Daily News article).

September 26th, 2011

The Anthony-Northside Neighborhood Association held a meeting on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 6:30pm. New officers were elected at this meeting as follows: Misty King for President, Angie Nichols for Vice-President, and Aaron Neff for Secretary. Sherrell Bryant was re-elected for Treasurer. Discussion was held on the Proposed Zoning Changes in the Layne Crest Addition. Many residents at the meeting voiced opposing views towards the proposed zoning changes. No residents at the meeting were in support of the proposed zoning changes. It was noted that Jerry Dishman voted yes on the R5 Zoning Change Application. It was noted that Richard McIntire (of McIntire Concrete) voted yes on the R5 Zoning Change Application.

October 3rd, 2011

The Muncie City Council voted to table Ordinance 39-11 at their regular monthly meeting on October 3rd, 2011 at 7:30pm ( agenda | minutes | The Star Press article).

Details of Ordinance 39-11:

ORD. 39-11 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CITY OF MUNCIE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE FROM THE R-3 RESIDENCE ZONE TO THE R-5 RESIDENCE ZONE ON PREMISES LOCATED AT 2000-2300 BLK OF W. MCGALLIARD ROAD, EXTENDING SOUTH TO N. BELMONT DRIVE, INCLUDING LOT 88 OF THE LAYNE CREST SUBDIVISION, MUNCIE, INDIANA.

November 14th, 2011

The Muncie City Council voted to introduce Ordinance 39-11 at their regular monthly meeting on November 14th, 2011 at 7:30pm ( agenda | The Star Press article).

December 5th, 2011

The Muncie City Council voted to adopt Ordinance 39-11 at their regular monthly meeting on December 5th, 2011 at 7:30pm ( agenda | The Star Press article page 1 and page 2 | The Ball State Daily News article).

Details of Ordinance 39-11:

ORD. 39-11 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CITY OF MUNCIE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE FROM THE R-3 RESIDENCE ZONE TO THE R-5 RESIDENCE ZONE ON PREMISES LOCATED AT 2000-2300 BLK OF W. MCGALLIARD ROAD, EXTENDING SOUTH TO N. BELMONT DRIVE, INCLUDING LOT 88 OF THE LAYNE CREST SUBDIVISION, MUNCIE, INDIANA.

Name Position Phone 1 Phone 2 Voted
Sam Marshall District 1 Councilor and Council President 288-0478   yes
Mark Conatser District 2 Councilor 744-8862   yes
Mary Jo Barton District 3 Councilor 289-9494   yes
Brad Polk District 4 Councilor 288-0571   no
Jerry Dishman District 5 Councilor 282-2797 215-9747 yes
Julius Anderson District 6 Councilor 289-6639   yes
Mike King At Large Councilor 282-3709   abstain
Linda Gregory At Large Councilor and Council Reading Clerk 286-2925   no
Alison Quirk At Large Councilor 288-5319   no
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