GOSHEN — Goshen Plan Commission members Tuesday got the initial ball rolling on the planned development of a large section of property located on Goshen’s south side to be known as the Waterford Commons Business Park.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the commission voted to provide a favorable recommendation to the Goshen City Council connected to a request by the Hoogenboom-Nofziger group seeking the rezoning of and Planned Unit Development (PUD) preliminary site plan approval for three tracts of land located within the boundaries of the planned high-end industrial park. A breakdown of the three tracts is as follows:
• Tract 1, currently zoned Agricultural A-1 and Residential R-1PUD, is a 163 acre plot of land located at the northwest corner of Dierdorff Road and Waterford Mills Parkway. The submitted request seeks to have the tract rezoned to Industrial M-1PUD.
• Tract 2, currently zoned Industrial M-1PUD, is a 27.2 acre plot of land located on the west side of Dierdorff Road, just south of Kercher Road. No zone change is being requested for this tract.
• Tract 3, currently zoned Residential R-2PUD, is an 11.3 acre plot of land located on the west side of Regent Street, just south of Waterford Mills Parkway. The submitted request seeks to have the tract rezoned to Industrial M-1PUD.
As the submitted request required a public hearing, the floor was opened to the public to allow the commission to hear any concerns, questions or statements of support for the project the public may have.
Among those to speak in favor of the request was Goshen Chamber of Commerce President David Daugherty.
For his part, Daugherty noted that Goshen is currently experiencing a serious shortfall in available lots capable of housing large-scale development such as an industrial park, adding that he and the chamber feel it is imperative that the city take advantage of this available property by allowing the planned development of the Waterford Commons Business Park to proceed.