Ellettsville, Indiana, Plan Commission met in regular session on
Approval of Minutes
Mini warehouses at
Jeffrey York stated he had read
the letter dated
Sandra Hash stated it would have
Jeffrey York stated the Benninger’s concern is with the lighting and appearance of the facility which they believe detracts from their property value. Jeffrey stated he doesn’t believe C-1 would have allowed this type of facility to be constructed in this area because C-1 is more for low intense uses such as offices and mini warehousing is more for intense use areas. He proposed with the Plan Commission’s permission to work with the owner to initiate a plan for landscaping the area and make it more conducive and eye appealing to the neighborhood.
Jeffrey York stated the plan he
reviewed did not show any landscaping, however,
Jeffrey York stated the owner will either have to re-zone the land or have to request a variance of use so the area can be an established legal use of the property eliminating any problems on the Town, but he will have to speak with Attorney Mike Spencer on how to proceed with this issue. He suggested waiving the filing fee for the variance request since it was previously approved.
The question arose who can the Plan Commission turn to if the plan is being ignored and how do they enforce it.
Jeffrey York encouraged the
Commission in the future when plans come before the Commission to not be afraid
to make the builder meet the Town’s standards even if it takes a couple of
plans being modified and more than one hearing.
He stated he would enforce rules and require them to comply with all
rules and regulations regarding Town Code with Mike Spencer’s advice. He added after speaking with Building
Sandra Hash asked what should be done about Don Kinser getting more building applications for the area. She said the Plan Commission already has approved the entire plan but he still has several more proposed buildings.
It was stated any new applications should be held until Mr. Kinser is in compliance with the first phase prior to approval.
Proposal for off street parking, loading and driveway amendment
Jeffrey York prepared this amendment to the Town Code and suggested everyone reviewing it for a week or so then maybe having an additional work session. He went through the proposal briefly. The driveway size, standard (paved / gravel) and distance from the property lines were discussed as well as a driveway permit fee. He stated this proposal was written so any new construction or alterations will have to comply by these standards. For any existing circumstances it will be up to the Plan Commission to decide how or if this amendment will apply.
Sandra Hash previously discussed the proposal with Jeffrey and shared her concerns. She explained there are four vehicles at her home every night. She parks in the garage but the others park three across; one on the concrete and two in the gravel, one has two tires in the grass. At first she was concerned with Jeffrey’s proposal because it states the opening for a drive should be 22 feet wide. Jeffrey explained to her, however, the drive can be increased to a maximum of 30 feet once off the street. The current code states the drive can be within two feet of the property line and Jeffrey’s proposal stated within five feet of the property line. She currently has five feet but if she widens the drive to accommodate the three vehicles then she will be closer than five feet to her neighbor’s property line, therefore, she would like the two feet guideline to remain the same.
Ed Bitner commented he is planning on concreting his driveway but if this proposal passes he will have to comply with the distance of five feet from his property line. Currently he has a gravel drive which is only one foot from the property line and he would be out of compliance, however, if he makes the drive narrower he will not be able to get to his garage.
Jeffrey York stated the reason for the distance is to allow for drainage run off of the drive. He agreed with David stating these are standards and all these can be waived or varied through the variance process by going before the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Jeffrey York stated he had looked at the City of Bloomington, Columbus, Westfield, Carmel and Indianapolis; Carmel was the only one that required paved parking in Single Family areas.
Jeffrey York stated on the subdivision plat approval there could be a condition that all drives must be paved.
The Commission agreed to meet for a special Planning and Zoning Workshop on Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 at 6:30 p. m. to go over the proposal further.
How to enforce parking issues was discussed further with a possibility of having a ticketing system.