Ellettsville Planning Commission met in regular session on Thursday, January 6, 2005, at the EllettsvilleTown Hall.† Ed Bitner called the meeting to order at .† Lisa Creech
led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: †Ed Bitner,
Vice President; Sandra Hash, Secretary; Lisa Creech,
William Evans, Terry Baker, Don Calvert and Frank
Nierzwicki, Director of Planning were present.† Frank Buczolich
Approval of the Minutes for December 2, 2004
Baker made a motion to accept the Plan Commission Meeting minutes of December 2, 2004. William
Evans seconded.† Motion carried.
Request for Preliminary Plat Approval on
a 55 lot Subdivision for Robinson 23.35 Acres on Ratliff Road Property
Rick Coppock, Bynum Fanyo and Associates, presented the map
showing the layout of the development.†
The map included Greenbrier, Deer Run and the RatliffRoadChurch that was reviewed
at the last meeting.† The request is for
preliminary plat on the 55 lots.† The water,
sewage and storm drains have all been worked out. The reason we brought this now
or started this now was to get the water line extended from the existing Deer
Run development to Ratliff Road
to provide fire hydrants for fire protection in that area.† Robinson is working with the church to extend
natural gas to the property. The preliminary plat will justify the need for the
natural gas utility †
Calvert stated this will create a need for the Church of the Nazarene to put in
sidewalks. They didnít put in sidewalks when they built the church.† The Plan Commission told them when the area
started to develop they would be required to put in the sidewalks.† Terry agreed they should be notified to
William Evans stated the Church of the Nazarene was informed a
second time when they requested a variance for an extra gravel driveway.† Rick Coppock
said we should put them on notice to give them time to plan.
Bitner asked where the retention ponds are going to be and how the water will
be let out. †Rick
Coppock explained the drainage system indicated on the map.
Bitner reported he is in favor of the project although he was concerned about
the sink hole issues in the area. Don Calvert asked how close can you build to
a sink hole?† Rick
Coppock stated there were easements around the sink hole area.†
Frank Nierzwicki reported he supports the development.† He advised we should be careful on the sink
holes.† Rick explained the lots around
the sink holes are oversized to provide a conservancy easement around the sink
hole area to avoid building too close.†
He stated you should not build any closer than the top rim.†
Hash stated the original plat called for an apartment complex.† This is a more desirable development.† Terry Baker
William Evans stated his job involves extensive map research, he
has reviewed this development and the drainage for this property is good.† Ed expressed his concern with creating
flooding problems for existing residents due to new construction.† He doesnít want to perpetuate flooding
problems is the area.† Rick affirmed that
the water run off will be directed to follow the natural flow of the drainage.† You always take the water the way it
naturally goes, but you donít increase the volume of water.† You donít take water from somewhere else and
added before the Church of the Nazarene was built, residents of the Trooper Lane area
brought in pictures of flooding in their neighborhood.† They had water issues before the ground was
broken for the church.† Maybe the
retention ponds will actually be an improvement to the water problem in the
Evans made a motion to accept the Preliminary Plat Approval on a 55 lot
Subdivision for Robinson 23.35 Acres on Ratliff Road Property. Terry Baker seconded.† Lisa Creech
abstained. Motion carried.
Request Plat Amendment Approval on 2 Lot Subdivision for Ratliff Road Subdivision (FirstChurch
Rick Coppock stated the church wanted to move the building 60 feet
and the drive 80 feet to the North, which requires an amendment to the Plat.† This should reduce the lighting for the
resident who expressed concern at a previous meeting.
Frank Nierzwicki stated the Staff Report from the previous meeting
supports this move.
William Evans made a motion to accept the plat amendment approval
on 2 lot subdivision for Ratliff
Road subdivision. †Don Calvert seconded.† Lisa Creech
abstained.† Motion carried.
Zoning information on 1416 West
Hash explained that the zoning request on 1416 Temperance was from 1992. †It was a zoning change for the Antique Mall on
the west side from R2 to C1.† The Planning
Commission voted to make the change but it never made it to Town Council for some reason.† The Plan Commission needs to be aware of the
situation.† Mike Spencer will prepare an
ordinance that will finalize the change updating both the zoning map and the
town code.† The Antique Mall has been in
operation since 1992.† Mr. Brinegar would
like to address the Planning Commission concerning this property as he wants to
expand the business.
Brinegar stated his parents are the owners of the property.† There is a barn located on the property that
was built for agriculture and he would like to put an auction facility in the
barn. He would like to have 84 seats in the facility. †It may be easier to demolish the barn and
build a new building. William Evans wanted
to know if there was enough parking to have auctions.† Jay said there were two lots available which
he believes will accommodate the needed parking spaces.† Jay discussed his ideas for improving or
replacing the structures.† Frank Nierzwicki said he would work with Jay on the
Frank Nierzwicki said since the Planning Commission already approved
the zoning for 1416 Temperance this was for information only and a motion is
New Title for the Planning and Zoning
Frank Nierzwicki said he was approved at last nightís meeting of the
Ellettsville Town Council as the
Planning and Zoning Administrator. The listing for this job opening came out as
the Director of Planning Services. The idea behind this was looking at the
responsibilities of the position. †Some
of the expectations are higher now with looking at grant proposals, State and
Federal, i.e., the recent Trail Grant (TE) application that was put in and
approved at the last council meeting; working with Main Street assistance on
Commerce Grants; digital underground to connect the town with the broadband internet
connections; business developments with the Chamber of Commerce and †developing the budget for the Planning Department
Group, as well as, all other activities for the zoning administration. Director
of Planning Services is a better definition of the position.
Lisa Creech asked if Frank had talked with Pat about getting some
of the health and parking duties onto someone else so that he could focus more
on this position.† Frank stated we have
some money in the 2005 budget for assistance with this position.† We would like to share Sandraís clerical
position she has advertised and possibly utilize that position also. †Lisa said that would be more clerical and not
someone to help with inspections. Frank replied that is something we might want
to look at in the budget for 2006, but he feels he has it covered at this
Lisa Creech stated maybe we could get help from the reserves.† William Evans
said there were a lot of mitigating factors and so much varies weekly that it
would be difficult to set any schedule for the reserves to do this.† Frank mentioned he would be setting up a data
base on problem areas providing a hot sheet to narrow things down.
added it would be nice if the Police Reserves could assist with at least the
parking issues.† A person in uniform
commands a certain level of compliance.
Bitner told Frank Nierzwicki he
would like to congratulate him on his new position as a Town employee and he
looked forward to working with him.
Lisa Creech made a motion to change the Title of Planning and
Zoning Administrator to Director of Planning Services.† Terry Baker
seconded.† Motion carried.
Privilege of the Floor Ė non-Agenda
Libkie came to inquire about rezoning his property (2 acres) at 4890 W St Rd 46.
He picked up a packet concerning rezoning from the Clerk-Treasurer yesterday. William Evans asked if there was a reason to act on
the rezone before he left for Florida.† Everett
stated not at this point he was just exploring the possibility.† He shared some history of the property which
is a small portion of the farm he grew up on.††
Ed Bitner feels the 46 corridor will be totally commercial some day.
Lisa Creech made a motion to adjourn the meeting.† Terry Baker
seconded.† Motion carried.† Meeting adjourned at .