JPR was contracted with a major developer to assist with zoning and master planning of this 1,400-acre mixed-use business park surrounding the Elkhart-East I/80-90 interchange at Exit 96. The project’s degree of local significance was so high that at one point private and public officials were considering forming a new municipality at this location. Planned uses include manufacturing, professional offices, hotel, retail, food service, and residential. Significant attention was given to the details related to transition and interplay between the planned land use categories and existing adjoining uses.
The development standards created for the project explored new ground locally and triggered the creation of new land use classifications in the County’s Zoning Ordinance. JPR also prepared detailed Utility System Master Plans, traffic impact studies, phasing plans, and funding framework documents. The firm played an integral part in facilitating partnering agreements with local entities such as Elkhart County and the City of Elkhart.
Since then, JPR has provided detailed professional services for each development area which will be further subdivided into several phases. The project’s Master Plan included innovative strategies for stormwater management, pedestrian bikeways, lighting, and landscaping. JPR’s services have included every department and discipline the firm offers, and interdepartmental coordination has been key to their effectiveness and efficiency. The overall development is divided into seven areas (A through G) and construction and development has continued on a steady basis within the various sub-phases.
Project pre-planning began in 2009, and all design work was completed on schedule.
It was the only EDA-funded project in Elkhart County within the last 25 years.
• 2 Miles of sanitary sewer
• 2 Miles of new water main
• 1 Water pressure booster station
• 1/2 Mile of new county road improvements (drainage system, curb, etc.)
• 2 New intersections with state highways (US 6 and SR 13)