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APC postpones vote on New Chauncey Neighborhood plan

A land use plan for the New Chauncey Neighborhood in West Lafayette will get another month of examination before the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission reconsiders it. The APC was scheduled to reconsider the document Wednesday night, however the matter has been postponed until March 20.

The document is a set of guidelines for planned developments that requires approval first from the APC and then West Lafayette’s city council.

West Lafayette District Five Councilor Gerry Keen is the city’s APC representative. He isn’t sure exactly what the final proposal will look like, but thinks it’s important to push some form of a new plan forward.

"There are a lot of people that have put a lot of work into this. And we can't just let their work be thrown out the window, with nothing. So we need to keep considering something until we get something in place, I think."

Keen thinks the current proposed plan is suitable, but he admits some aspects are likely to be tweaked over time.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says even if the plan is approved, nothing will be set in stone.

"There are a lot of points of contention within the existing plan. But there's also a general understanding that the plan itself is just yet another tool to help determine development in the New Chauncey area."

The proposal is the result of work by a steering committee as well as a series of public hearings. Dennis says it is tough to call whether it will be approved in its current form.

If the commission passes the land use plan, it then goes to the West Lafayette City Council for final consideration.

The APC meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Tippecanoe County Office Building.

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