29-lot neighborhood planned


Rockfield Estates, made up of 29 single-family residential lots, is planned on the north side of CR 100S about a quarter-mile to a half-mile east of CR 400W in Hancock County.

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HANCOCK COUNTY – A 29-lot neighborhood is planned for the western part of the county where homes are expected to cost between $600,000 and $1 million.

Greenfield-based R&F Development plans to develop the subdivision, called Rockfield Estates, on the north side of CR 100S about a quarter-mile to a half-mile east of CR 400W.

Philip Going of Greenfield-based Accura Land Surveying, representing Rockfield Estates, noted at a recent Hancock County Plan Commission meeting that R&F Development recently finished building infrastructure for the last section of its Overlook neighborhood about 2 ½ miles southeast of where Rockfield Estates is planned.

“This is like the next extension of what they did in that development,” Going said. “Their goal is for this to have a similar architectural look, similar amenities and things of that nature.”

Expected home values in Rockfield Estates are $600,000 to $1 million, Going said. The minimum size of a one-story home will be 2,400 square feet – double what county rules require. He added the minimum size of a two-story home will be 2,600 square feet. Houses will have paved driveways and three-car garages.

The largest lot in the planned subdivision is 2.6 acres while the smallest is 1.5.

“They actually ended up laying out very beautifully,” Going said of the 29 single-family lots. “…We do believe that this is going to be a very desirable neighborhood.”

Rockfield Estates will also have nearly 14 acres of common area, 30-foot-wide curbed streets and 4-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of the streets.

Kayla Brooks, Hancock County planning director, said she and her colleagues support the proposal.

“At this point it looks like it will be a nice addition to that side of town, fit in with a lot of nearby development,” Brooks said.

She said the homes will have septic systems, noting that the site is about a half-mile from Cumberland’s sewer utility.

Rockfield Estates’ entrance off CR 100S will be directly across from South Country Lane – an entrance to the Shady Creek neighborhood. Temporary cul-de-sacs would be able to connect streets to future development to the east and west.

The site is just south of where the Pennsy Trail is planned to be extended through. Brooks’ favorable recommendation came with the condition that the neighborhood connect to the path when it’s extended through that area.

“It’s a draw for these residents as they come in,” she said.

The county plan commission approved a primary plat for the neighborhood.