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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Huntington Close to Approving Airplane Subdivision

Airplanes and Cars would Both be on Taxiways -
Another Reason Why Little Johnnie Shouldn't Play in the Street

The Huntington
Herald-Press reports that the Huntington Plan Commission is getting close to approval of "Aero Landings" subdivision. The new residential area would be located next to the Huntington Airport on the southeast area of US 224 and Highway 5 on the south edge of the City of Huntington.

The topic of "Aero Landings" came before the Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday afternoon. The matter will be before the County Plan Commission on Wednesday.

Aero Landings first came before the Huntington County Plan Commission in June of 2004, and commission members were apprehensive to give the go-ahead for the subdivision. One of the chief concerns expressed, for instance, was the possibility of vehicle traffic and taxiing airplanes sharing the thoroughfares in front of the house.

Nate Schacht, the acting director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, has sent out copies of the proposed covenants at Aero Landings to Plan Commission members. He has since received additional information about the development.

He said, based on what he sees, that the commission may give final approval to the subdivision.

“I think they'll be able to work their way through it,” he said.

Among the additional information Schacht says has come in was an insurance quote covering liability for the shared car/airplane right of way. Even though the subdivision will be a gated community and the streets/runways will be private drives, commission members were still concerned about lawsuits.

The "Aero Landings" subdivision as well as another residential project along US 224 will put additional development pressure on the J. Edward Roush Lake (Huntington Reservoir) area. Roush Lake is a popular recreation area which includes the Little Turtle State Recreation Area, Kil-So-Quah Campground, boating facilities, the Kekionga Trail and numerous hunting areas. The area is managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers. There was no word as to whether the State of Indiana or Army Corps officials had been asked for comment.

Follow-Up: Plan Commission approved airpark subdivision but rejects other request.

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