Editorial: Smaller lots can mean big problems for towns

When a new subdivision was proposed last month in Whiteland, questions were raised about the costs that go with adding population.

The proposed Briar Hill subdivision, to be developed by Arbor Homes, would have included 60-foot-wide lots, with 15 feet between the houses. Other local governments, including the county, Franklin, Greenwood and Edinburgh, allow lot widths to be as small as 50 to 60 feet, which allows the house to be as small as 900 square feet and as close as 15 feet away from the home next door.

The smaller property sizes allow developers to build less-expensive homes for first-time buyers, which are the types of homes most in demand in the county, one developer said.

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