Traffic Problems

Traffic Problems in our communities

12/7/14

Letter to Plan Commission:

DYER PLAN COMMISSION:                                                                                  December 5, 2014

The residents of Hearthstone, Rockwell, Village Circle and the Villas of Briarwood would like to express our concern about the additional traffic that the proposed Pennington subdivision will bring to our area.

We have expressed our concerns with the level of present traffic in our area previously.  The problem is the volume and speed of traffic in our area, which predominantly utilize the Deer Creek – Flagstone route to travel East – West between Calumet Ave. and Indianapolis Blvd.  The Pennington subdivision will add to this problem and negatively affect the health and welfare of the existing communities.  We feel that mitigation measures and/or additional roads need to be built to control this ongoing traffic situation before any additional developments are permitted in our community.

A proposed Schererville Apple Tree subdivision is parallel in many ways to the proposed Dyer Pennington development.  The Schererville Plan Commission ordered a traffic study from the developer.  Residents were adamant that the 38 home Apple Tree subdivision would cause undue traffic on 77th Ave.  The study results and the view of the commissioners was that this 38 home subdivision would cause traffic issues, including the stacking of cars. The Schererville Plan Commission denied the approval of the subdivision based on traffic concerns this subdivision may create.   Although the matter will be brought before the Plan Commission again it is apparent that the plan commission can deny a subdivision over traffic concerns. (See links A and B below)

The safety, health, and welfare of families and children are paramount.  Based on a traffic count and speed study, ordered by the town, it appears there is already a substantial issue with traffic in our area.  (See Traffic Study attachment)  We request that the Plan Commission to review and explore all options to limit development or mandate infrastructure to minimize the traffic impact on already existing subdivisions.

We are currently working with the Town Council to study traffic issues in our community.  Two studies have been completed.  Car count and speed data has been recorded and will likely be repeated next spring.  (See link C below).  We are requesting a traffic study based on the data.  We believe the preliminary data shows a high level of vehicles traversing our community.  The addition homes from the Pennington Development will increase traffic on residential roadways that already exceed the safe level of traffic based on the infrastructure and configuration of homes and roadways in our community.

The residents of our four subdivisions are requesting a traffic impact study be completed by the developer and studied before approval of the Pennington subdivision is considered.  We recognize that the Plan Commission does not want to prohibit new development in the community, however,  the town has an obligation to look out for the well being and the impact to the quality of life that this new subdivision will have on our community.

Annette Ludwig                                                               Greg Harts
Rockwell HOA President                                               Hearthstone HOA President

Pam Lau                                                                             Mohammed Karim
Villas of Briarwood HOA President                             Village Circle HOA President

LINK A
October 06, 2014 9:49 pm • Chas Reilly Times Correspondent
SCHERERVILLE | The Plan Commission needs more time before it can make a decision about a primary approval request for the proposed Apple Tree Estates subdivision.
The panel Monday decided to defer voting on the matter until next month.  The proposed 38-home development would be located near Ontario Street and 77th Avenue.  Several residents living near the area told the Plan Commission they continue to have concerns about heavy traffic there, and they think the development could contribute to the issue.
Richard Kortenhoven, the developer of Apple Tree Estates, hired Dennis Cobb, of First Group Engineering, to complete a traffic study of the area.  Cobb told the commission he has finished his analysis, but he hasn’t put all the details in writing yet.
The commission chose to hold off on making a decision about the development until the town’s engineer can review a hard copy of the traffic study.  Although the town doesn’t yet have a hard copy, Cobb shared information from his study.  He said he analyzed traffic during the morning and again during the afternoon. Cobb said the peak traffic time is between 4 and 5 p.m.  Cobb said he calculated 40 vehicles would travel into the development and about 20 would head out of the community during the afternoon.
The subdivision would have entrances on 77th Avenue and Ontario Street. Cobb said he believes the majority of residents in the community would use the 77th Avenue entrance.  In addition to the 38-lot Apple Tree Estates development, Kortenhoven also plans to develop another 10 homes on property he owns just west of Apple Tree Estates, said Doug Rettig, of Land Technologies.
That development wouldn’t include a road connecting to Apple Tree Estates because there is a creek dividing the land for the two developments, and it would be too costly to create the connecting street, Rettig said.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/schererville/article_7c41c778-cdec-5f1a-b127-dd5858ca3f23.html

LINK B
December 01, 2014 9:27 pm • Chas Reilly Times Correspondent
SCHERERVILLE | Following months of discussion, the Plan Commission decided it won’t support plans for the first phase of the Apple Tree Estates development.  The panel voted 3-2 Monday to deny developer Richard Kortenhoven’s request for primary approval of the proposed 38-lot residential subdivision near 77th Avenue and Ontario Street.
Commission members Thomas Anderson, Gary Immig and Tom Kouros opposed the request. Dale Rudd and David Jaroszewski favored it.
Several residents spoke against the development previously. They have expressed concerns about the subdivision contributing to existing traffic issues in the area.  A few residents applauded after the commission made its decision.
Kortenhoven also had been considered developing a second phase of the subdivision.  Doug Rettig, of Land Technologies, told the commission it isn’t certain when the second phase would have started, and there was a possibility that phase wouldn’t be developed.
In addition to traffic issues, some commission members were concerned about a proposed entrance on 77th Avenue that would have been used to access the first phase.  Town Engineer Jeff Pintar said cars could stack up near that entrance during peak travel times, which could have made it difficult to turn left in or out of the development. He said the stacking shouldn’t have been an issue most of the time.  Pintar suggested widening 77th would alleviate stacking issues.
Commission members also questioned if the 77th Avenue entrance would have been too close to June Drive.  If only looking at the first phase of subdivision, Pintar said the entrance would be suitable. If considering both phases, he recommended having the entrance to the subdivision at June Drive.
Rettig said the distance between June Drive and the location of the proposed entrance is greater than the distance between many existing streets.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/article_b65d1a37-0b9e-5a3a-8c5c-f99a942123c6.html
LINK C
December 01, 2014 12:00 am • Mary Wilds Times Correspondent
DYER | The Police Department is looking at buying two traffic counting devices to help monitor traffic flow through neighborhoods.  The department’s announcement came during a discussion of recent traffic counts performed in the neighborhoods of Rockwell and Hearthstone.  Residents have complained about the speed of traffic in their neighborhoods.
The counts were performed by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission with devices borrowed from the town of Munster.  The counts came up with very different numbers, and officials suggested doing another one next year.
Spokesmen for both neighborhoods came to the town last month looking for help in slowing down traffic on their streets. Mark Drenth and Brian Oberc told the council during a study session that the subdivision’s east-west streets have become an alternative route for motorists looking to avoid U.S. 30 and have become clogged with traffic.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/article_f7c469da-bfa0-5dd4-ae3e-4311e943a7f9.html

12/7/14

Traffic count documents

Traffic Counts

 

10/28/14

As many of you know, there’s been some concern and discussion about the traffic flow through our Hearthstone, Rockwell, Village Circle, and Briarwood communities. The future development of Pennington, between Rockwell and Briarwood, will add to the number of cars and speeders through our area.

A presentation was made to the Dyer Town Council’s October 23 Study Session, requesting a traffic study for our area. The Council agreed to gather information, data, and facts on the traffic concerns and possibly order a full traffic study.

Over the next weeks and months you may see some traffic monitoring devices in our area that will collect data and information that can be used in a traffic study. It is hoped the Town Council will contract with an engineering group to analyze and offer solutions the Town Council can act upon.

On another matter, the Dyer Plan Commission has made a request to the Dyer Town Council to extend Fairview Drive to Great Lakes Drive, in connection with the Pennington development.

Finally, we want to extend our appreciation and thanks to the Town Council (Debbie Astor, Joe Cinko, Jeff Dekker, Mary Tanis, & Connee Trepton) for their good cooperation and help on these matters.