Ellettsville, Indiana Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) met in regular session on
Roll Call:†† Members present were Terry Baker, David Drake, Ray Freetage and Phil Rogers.†
Petitioner:† Martha East
Special Use Variance Request (Miniature Horse in Residential Zone)
Frank Nierzwicki, Director of Planning Services outlined the case and
stated he had a discussion with Ms East concerning a miniature horse at her
Martha East, petitioner, requested a special use variance to allow her
to have her miniature horse at her house.†
She stated that she was planning to build the horse a little out
building and fence her yard.† She pointed
out that a miniature horse is smaller than some dogs and her horse would not
cause a problem.† The reason she wanted
to move the horse from the present stable to her house was that it would be
better for the horse.† Martha was also
concerned about cost of her stable bill.†
She presented a letter of support from
Fred Vaught, a neighbor across the street [Deer Park Drive] said the horse was living in the garage of Ms Eastís home a few years before and caused concerned for the neighbors at that time. Fred did not want to have a horse in his neighborhood.
Jim and Sherry Cazee also stated they did not want the horse in the neighborhood. The last time the horse was at Ms. Eastís home there was a problem with horse urine and manure.† Both the Cazees stated they had nothing against the horse, but it should not be in a residential zone.
Phil Rogers asked if Ms East had pictures of the horse.† Martha proceeded to show pictures of her horse and the outbuilding she would like to build for the horse.
Ray Freetage said that he had always liked animals.† He had dogs and other animals over time.† He also said that looking at the Town Code a horse is a horse.
David Drake made a motion to deny the special use variance request
to have a horse at 4550
Roll Call:† Ray
Freetage yes; Phil Rogers yes; David Drake yes.† The request to have a special
use variance at
David Drake made a motion for the meeting to be adjourned.† David Drake seconded.† Motion carried.† Meeting adjourned 5:25 p.m.†