Beazer Homes withdraws plans for The Reserve at Cool Creek in Carmel


Beazer Homes has withdrawn plans for a proposed development called The Reserve at Cool Creek, which would have been northeast of the 136th Street and Keystone Parkway roundabout.

The project is no longer being considered by the Carmel City Council, but Beazer could resubmit plans at a later date. It would have to start the city’s approval process from the beginning after a three-month waiting period. It would have had to wait a year to reapply if the city denied its plans.

The project underwent several changes after nearby residents said they were concerned about lot sizes. Neighbors said the  the smaller lot sizes would be out of place in that  part of Carmel.

After the most recent changes, each lot would have been 60 feet wide with the house taking up 65 percent of the lot. Current zoning is 100 feet with the house covering 30 percent of the lot. Beazer also agreed to reduce the number of homes from 157 to less than 120 and eliminate the “villa” homes, which were similar to duplexes. City councilors said they were encouraged by the changes but some said it still wasn’t guaranteed for passage.

City councilor Sue Finkam said the council wasn’t given a reason why the project was pulled, but she assumes Beazer officials expected they couldn’t get the project passed. She said she hopes another project aimed at empty-nesters is proposed to provide affordable housing, which is a need in Carmel.