Nearly 400 new homes could be built in Bargersville in the next 10 years, joining hundreds of others planned across the county.
Morningside, a new subdivision, has been proposed for 166 acres just south of Maple Grove Elementary School. Ryland Homes of Indiana is seeking approval for a 387-home neighborhood on the north side of County Road 144, between Saddle Club Road and the railroad tracks, east of State Road 135.
Morningside is joining hundreds of other homes planned to be built in Johnson County within the next five years.
The new subdivisions would add students to local school districts, mainly Center Grove and Clark-Pleasant, and bring increased traffic.
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In the past year, developers announced new subdivisions, including a 300-home development near Honey Creek and Cutsinger roads, a 100-home subdivision near Worthsville Road and Emerson Avenue and a 200-home development at Main Street and Combs Road in Greenwood, and expansions of existing subdivisions in Franklin, Bargersville and the Center Grove area.
Building permits are slightly down for the year so far at 439 through September but are well above what was issued during the same period in 2012, according to the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis. Since 2013, the county has seen an uptick in permits issued, jumping from fewer than 500 permits in 2012 to 623 in 2013 and 629 last year.
Local officials expect that to continue, with both Clark-Pleasant and Center Grove school districts planning for continued growth.
All homes in the new Morningside subdivision would be in the Center Grove district.
The homes will be built in about 10 phases, according to Bargersville planning director Julie Young.
The first section will be built with about 40 homes, said Brian Robinson, an attorney who represents the developers. The goal is to start construction by this time next year, he said.
Homebuilders typically will build fewer than 50 homes within each development phase. After 50 homes, the homebuilder is required to add a second entrance, even just a temporary one, for safety purposes, Robinson said.
The main entrance of the subdivision will be on County Road 144, and the developer will need to add acceleration and deceleration lanes to get in and out of the neighborhood, Robinson said. Water and sewer utilities will be provided by the town of Bargersville, Young said.
But before construction can start, the subdivision plans need to be approved by the town’s plan commission, Young said. Representatives from Ryland Homes will seek primary approval from the plan commission next month to split 166.8 acres into 387 lots, Young said.
Ryland Homes officials first approached Bargersville town officials about the development about three or four months ago, town manager Kevin McGinnis said. The land already was zoned residential, Young said.
The developers also will need approval of the overall plan for the subdivision, Young said. The construction plan could be approved later this year, depending on the developer’s timeline, she said.