Elkhart planning/zoning meetings aren’t always exciting, but they yield important info

Monday Sept. 14, 2015

The Conn-Selmer building at Main Street and Simonton Avenue, Elkhart. A developer proposes converting the old industrial building, where band instruments were once made, into a senior housing facility. By Tim Vandenack

The Conn-Selmer building at Main Street and Simonton Avenue, Elkhart. A developer proposes converting the old industrial building, where band instruments were once made, into a senior housing facility. By Tim Vandenack

Covering Elkhart City Hall, development and growth figure big in the sort of stories you write.

Planning and zoning meetings, while not always the most riveting, sometimes offer the first hint of projects in the works, development to come. A trio of recent meetings provided glimpses into potential change on the horizon, piquing the public’s interest:

  • One related to a proposal to convert an old red-brick industrial building that used to house a musical instrument manufacturing company into a senior house complex. The proposal came up at an Elkhart Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. Look here for the story.
  • At an Elkhart Plan Commission meeting, plans to convert an old golf range located near a pair of apartment complexes into a truck maintenance facility came up. Look here.
  • At an Elkhart Redevelopment Commission meeting, the notion of tweaking traffic flow on Main Street, the principle corridor through the city center, came up. Look here.

There are a lot of meetings in city government, and a lot is covered. I actually didn’t attend the plan commission or redevelopment commission meetings given other things going on and the many things I’m typically juggling. I knew what would be discussed ahead of time, though, and caught up afterward. Read the documents, make some calls, and you can get some information that packs some punch for the public. Obviously, if it’s big enough, you want to be there — but that just isn’t always possible.

I created Google maps for the truck maintence facility and Main Street stories, helping locate for the reader the areas

in question.

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