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New homes eyed for Rockport

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By HEATHER POWELL

Staff Writer

classifieds@spencercountyjournal.com

 

ROCKPORT – City leaders heard long-range plans for new homes, discussed updating a mobile home ordinance and ongoing parking issues at Pleasant Grove during their May 8 meeting.

Developer Rob Schulte and Jason Deweese have bought land enough for 11 new homes between Pleasant Grove and Washington Street. The lots are about three quarters of an acre. He came before the board to ask them to supply the water and sewer tap ons needed for the new structures. The homeowners would be responsible for the tap on fees. Schulte said the No. 1 problem preventing the community’s growth is lack of housing, and his goal is to build and build within the next 15 years.

“I think for growth … we need to be able to offer that,” Harney said.

Schulte believes more people would move in the area if more housing is available to them. Keeping people local is something Schulte keeps in mind.

“Keep it in the town,” he said. “Keep it local like that; that money turns over time and time again. That’s the goal, you know, that’s what we want to do.”

His hope is to start development around the middle of July. The board passed a motion to take the issue to the Rockport Common Council.

The board also discussed updating the Mobile Home Ordinance. The term ‘mobile home’ needs to have an updated definition and also the last time the zoning ordinance was overhauled was in 1999.

Attorney Bryan Rudisill suggested looking into it and seeing if anything else needs to be improved while they are planning the update.

Citizen Jay Bickel brought the issue of Pleasant Grove’s parking to the board. There is not enough parking in the subdivision and this is an ongoing issue.

With parking on both sides of the street, Police Chief Kyle Maldonado voiced the concern that emergency vehicles could not get through.

Even with one-hour parking, he had the same concern in case two vehicles were to be parked opposite each other.

With no parking, Bickel said homeowners may not be able to host Christmas parties or otherwise entertain groups.

The board decided to table the issue until they can talk with homeowners.