News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

May 5, 2014

Cobblestone agrees to erect wall shielding Viscaya Point

Area Plan Commission set to address deal at Wednesday meeting

TERRE HAUTE — If good fences make good neighbors, the residents of Viscaya Point, a southside subdivision, probably hope that an 8-foot stone wall will do the same.

After going to court last year, Cobblestone Crossings, a southside property development, and the residents of Viscaya Point have reached an agreement to end their legal tussle.

Under the agreement, which is expected to come before the Vigo County Area Plan Commission Wednesday night, Cobblestone has agreed to build an 8-foot wall between its newest apartment buildings and Viscaya Point, which lies just to the south.

“I’m glad that we’re getting the wall,” said Stacy Gough, a resident of Viscaya Point who has led her neighborhood’s effort to duplicate the wall now standing between Cobblestone and the Woodgate subdivision.

The new wall will measure 644 feet in length, said Darren Maher, executive director of the Vigo County Area Planning Department. It will not meet with the existing – and much longer – Woodgate wall and will extend to the west and east only as far as the Viscaya subdivision boundaries, he said.

A call was placed to Cobblestone Crossings seeking comment late Monday afternoon.

This dispute found its way into court last autumn after the Area Plan Commission, a 14-member volunteer body that oversees land use issues in the county, approved the final phase of the Cobblestone development on the condition it include a wall. It was the Plan Commission’s position that, because Cobblestone agreed to build a wall for Woodgate, it made sense to extend that wall for Viscaya, Maher said.

On Wednesday night, the commissioners are going to be asked to “define” the wall, Maher told the Tribune-Star Monday.

Representatives of all of the parties in the dispute – Cobblestone, Viscaya Point and the Area Plan Commission – filed a document in Vigo County Court Division 1 in April asking the court to indefinitely “stay” a decision in light of a mutually agreed upon settlement.

“All parties to this [case] believe that they have constructed a settlement proposal that will resolve all of the issues now pending,” the document states. If the Area Plan Commission agrees, the parties will file a request for the court to dismiss the case. If the commission does not agree, the settlement will be “null and void,” it states.

The Area Plan Commission must agree to the settlement at a properly noticed public meeting, the document adds. That meeting is expected to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Vigo County annex.  

According to the proposed settlement, representatives of Viscaya and the Area Plan Commission are to support the agreement publicly and further agree not to see the matter as setting a precedent for future development questions before the commission.

“It’s been a long fight,” Gough said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “I’m glad it’s coming to an end.” If this truly is the final [Area Plan Commission] meeting at which Cobblestone Crossings is a primary topic of discussion, the plan commissioners may feel the same.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents Today in History for August 1st Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell US, UN Announce Deal on Gaza Cease-Fire
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010