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June 1 meeting to unveil Arbor Homes proposal to build in Fortville

Could Fortville be growing?


It is possible, as the Fortville Town Council recently took the first step, approving first reading of a voluntary annexation from Byers Farm LLC of 112 acres, which could be destined for 328 homes.
Earlier this month, Adam Zaklikowski, planning director for Fortville, introduced the proposal by Arbor Homes to build the homes, which have a minimum lot size of 60 by 125 feet, in the northeast corner of North Fortville Pike and County Road 850 North.

Officials from both Fortville and Arbor Homes are working on layout and standards for the project, which still needs approval from both the town council and the Fortville Plan Commission.

On June 1, residents will have an opportunity to see the layout and standards and ask questions. The meeting is slated for 7 p.m.

While the project has cleared the first hurdle, it still needs to more approvals and a public hearing, as well as consideration of the financial impact it will have on the town.

“The annexation is the first piece. The way the law works, you need to have 12.5 percent of the external boundary to touch current town limits, and it meets that requirement. We are currently working with Arbor Homes on the layout and development standards for the project. We anticipate to send that to the Plan Commission in June for their review,” Zaklikowski said.