Waiver request to NOT connect Windwood Court - Hidden Oaks to new Copper Creek development

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The new Copper Creek development proposal includes plans for 687 single family home sites; as well as 120 duplex units to be built on the tract of land located directly south of Hidden Oaks Place and Hunters Ridge.

The Hidden Oaks Neighborhood Association is requesting that the Copper Creek development plan NOT include a street connection at Windwood Court, in the Hidden Oaks subdivision (Huntertown, IN)

Hidden Oaks Place is a small subdivision with one entrance off of Gump Road (Hidden Oaks Run), and an alternative entrance through neighboring Hunters Ridge (Hedgebrook Drive). The size of the subdivision inherently restricts the amount of traffic that can easily move in, out, and through the neighborhood. Increasing the traffic flow through an existing neighborhood that is a fraction of the size of the sprawling Copper Creek development, will have a significant negative effect on Hidden Oaks, and poses serious safety and security issues for residents. A street connection at Windwood Court would dramatically increase the amount of traffic traveling through the existing neighborhood.  This increase will undoubtedly result in; safety hazards, traffic congestion, accelerated degradation of streets/infrastructure, and a degradation of neighborhood aesthetics. 

The residents of Hidden Oaks span a wide range of demographics, from elderly retirees, to small children.  Many of the homeowners throughout the neighborhood have young children; more specifically, there are in excess of a dozen children under the age of 10, and several elderly individuals with limited mobility, that live within 300 feet of the intersection of Ashville Drive and Windwood Court (the site of the proposed street connection).

The proposed connection point is also at the exact same location as Hidden Oak's largest/most populated NACS (elementary, middle and high school) bus stop. This location, by far, services more children than any other stop in the neighborhood.  In addition, due to the direction from which the school bus enters the neighborhood, children are required to cross the intersection, to the opposite side of the street, to access the bus. Increased traffic at this intersection would certainly cause an unnecessary safety hazard, and an impediment to the boarding and de-boarding process.  

Increased traffic patterns and congestion will undoubtedly accelerate the degradation of our neighborhood's streets and infrastructure, as well as accelerate the need for patching, repaving, and general maintenance. In addition to the costs associated with such maintenance, the increased wear-and-tear will diminish the aesthetics of Hidden Oaks as a whole, and degrade the curb appeal and value of homes within the subdivision.

Residents enjoy the quiet serenity and quaint seclusion that Hidden Oaks provides. Our homeowners chose it as a place to live and raise their children, because of the neighborhood's seclusion and it's small, family oriented and neighborly ambience; where children can play outdoors, ride their bicycles and walk to the neighbor's house, safely and securely.

 

Please sign the petition, to help us keep Hidden Oaks, unconnected from the new development.  This petition will be submitted to NWM Development Corp, and subsequently submitted to the Allen County Planning Department, as part of NWM's Copper Creek development proposal.   



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