Allen County is becoming a landscape of pastel colors – those drab, bland, unexciting colors which are safe for all construction. The blandness is the result of subdivion after subdivision springing up with restrictive guidelines that require colors that, apparently, are intended to blend into the country landscape and not stand out from the surrounding environment. Could it be that the developers think they can hide massive, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” suburbs by coating them in colors that tend to blend into the landscape?

Subdivision homes on Covington Road

Folks, the donut hole is getting larger. The Division of Planning Services, through its boards and commissions, continues to approve subdivision after subdivision.

The conceptual plan for Allen County shows the buildout of subdivisions to the I-469 interchange and encompassing the western area of Allen County to the Whitley County line. If this buildout happens, the subdivisions will literally take over the western side of Allen County. Along with this buildout, will come additional problems of urban sprawl and destruction of the environment.

Allen County Conceptual Plan

In addition, the buildout works against the revitalization of downtown Fort Wayne. As urban sprawl continues, businesses and residents widen the doughnut hole, neglecting the heart of the City. Lutheran Hospital relocated to the Southwest in 1992, and now Parkview is leaving for the Northeast. Parkview plans a 900,000 square foot expansion costing $500,000,000. The remaining hospital, St. Joe, so far is stedfast in its commitment to the downtown, pledging to build a $7,000,000 medical building next to its already existing facility.

Until the boards and commissions stop approving every subdivision that comes along, the downtown will continue to fight for its existence. Harrison Square is a wonderful start to begin the revitalization of the downtown, but along with Harrison Square, incentives need to be provided to encourage prospective home buyers to rehabilitate homes in the older neighborhoods. Ultimately, the planning and zoning boards need to take a stand againt the leapfrogging urban sprawl that is turning the county into a patchwork quilt of beige.


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. I agree with you 100% and that is one of the main reasons I spoke against Harrison Square.

    There is currently not one single City COuncil member who supports limiting development at the edges of Fort Wayne. I have talked to several of them and they tell me it is not possible.

    We are pouring money Downtown and at the same time allowing developers to develop anything they want to on the edges of the City.

    It is silly to say the least.

    Mike Sylvester

  2. I agree with you, too, Charlotte. But Mike, this is no reason to oppose HS. Oppose what’s bad, support what’s good. Yes we need to limit sprawl. But until that happens, we shouldn’t simply NOT do anything good. That would be silly.

    Charlotte, good job pointing all this out. And I love the photo… you even got the grass – and almost the concrete – to match! 😉

  3. mark garvin says:

    You are dead on. One of the reasons I will not suport Nelson Peters is his earl endorsement and substantial funding by the homebuilders association. Those guys have had their way in this community for a long time. We have to adopt an in-fill strategy.

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