The Pufferbelly Trail right-of-way issues as it passes the proposed Whisper Rock housing development do cause this reader concern.
Clearly the route of Pufferbelly has been known for years. The recent articles in The News-Sentinel and Journal Gazette did not explain the level of effort expended by Jeff and Mike Thomas during Whisper Rock design to accommodate Pufferbelly.
Why did the Thomases overrule the Pufferbelly using the abandoned railroad right of way? They need to explain to the public. The published reasons of losing 23 lots and wanting large lot sizes seem pretty thin when reviewing the proposed plat.
The published numbers are interesting – 152 acres, 197 lots, Pufferbelly right of way 3,120 feet by 50 feet (3.58 acres). The 3.58 acres translates to a lot reduction of 0.018 acre per lot (3.6 percent).
For a half-acre lot with 100 feet of frontage, the lot depth decreases from 218 feet to 210 feet – hardly enough to discourage a prospective home buyer.
Early in the Whisper Rock planning, a requirement to accommodate Pufferbelly would probably have yielded a win-win. Now where is the win-win?
The Allen County Plan Commission should work with all parties to resolve the Pufferbelly route issues. The public interests are at stake.