NEW WHITELAND PLAN COMMISSION
JANUARY 23rd, 2007
Chairman, Terry Spencer began the January meeting at 7:00 pm. Members present were Ray Rodgers, Rudy Reading, Scott Alspach, Jim Lasiter, Terry Spencer and Tom Hause. Lee Robbins and Tim Guyer were also in attendance. John Sullivan was absent.
Rudy motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Scott seconded the motion. Vote was 5 affirmative. There were no comments or changes.
ADOPTION OF BY-LAWS:
Scott motioned to accept the By-Laws as presented with no changes or additions. Rudy seconded the motion. Vote was 5 affirmative.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2007:
Rudy nominated Terry Spencer for Chairman. Scott seconded the motion. Scott motioned to close the nominations. Ray seconded the motion. Vote was 5 for closing the nominations. Vote was also 5 for nominating Terry for Chairman of the Plan Commission.
Ray nominated Jim Lasiter for Co-Chairman. Scott seconded the motion. Scott motioned to close the nominations. Ray seconded the motion. Vote was 5 to close the nominations. Vote was also 5 for nominating Jim Lasiter as Co-Chairman.
In December 2006, there were four building permits issued to Westport Homes for new houses. In January 2007, there were six permits issued.
Attorney Lee Robbins handed out several sample ordinances from Franklin and Indianapolis on this subject. Lee stated that this is a difficult problem to deal with. When the majority of houses in New Whiteland were built they accommodated the family at that time, but now they donít. There is a real desire to address this issue, but there is also reluctance because it will create a hardship for some residents. Maybe compromise instead of coming up with something strict. Lee doesnít know how to fix the problem. It could be a drastic affect on some people or figure out a way to be lenient but make it better. Terry Spencer asked for comments from the members. He suggested they research other community ordinances on this subject. Terry also stated that a new ordinance is not going to please everyone, it will upset some people. It is really tough to come up with a solution.
January 23, 2007
PROPOSED ZONING AMENDMENT FOR FOUR STAR VIDEO:
Lee will take care of this.
WILLIAM SCALES 285 BITTERSWEET - ZONING VIOLATION:
Mr. Scales was issued a correction notice in January 2006 for a zoning violation for installing a carport without a building permit and it is in front of the set back line. Mr. Scales ignored this for most of 2006, eventually paying the $100.00 violation fine. He did attempt to file a variance twice but missed the 15 day notice requirement. On his third attempt the variance was heard in October 2006 and it was denied. The carport has still not been removed.
Lee recommended the Plan Commission to set a fine for Mr. Scales. Mr. Scales has a year of violations, the zoning ordinance states a fine of $10.00 - $300.00 a day for violations. The Plan Commission should try and identify an amount that gets his attention but is not disproportionate to the violation. Mr. Scales cannot continue the use of the carport.
Jim Lasiter motioned to set a fine at $500.00 and if the carport is not removed by March 1, 2007, the fine will increase by $10.00 per day for each day the carport remains on the property.
Lee states he will get a letter out to Mr. Scales tomorrow, so they have plenty of notice. If Mr. Scales still does not comply, Lee will cite him into Johnson County Superior Court and ask the court for the fine to be paid and the carport be removed.
MORE THAN 2 DOGS AT 465 PARKVIEW DRIVE:
Tim Guyer gave a correction notice to the resident at 465 Parkview Drive because they have 5-6 dogs. As of last Wednesday, they were down to 3 dogs. Tim went by again and they are still trying to get rid of the third dog. Scott Alspach asked Tim to follow up on this.
PROPERTY ON 75 WEST:
Nathan Bilger with Westport Homes/Triton Development approached the Plan Commission stating that Westport Homes has done well with Hilltop Farms and now would like to develop the Taylor University property on 75 West.
Mr. Bilger did not have blue print plans, he had one copy of a small sketch of their idea. Mr. Bilger states they propose a plan of 118 lots on 52.8 acres, which is 2.2 units per acre. The price range would be around $110,00.00 and up. Mr. Bilger states that Westport Homes wants to plat the property and needs to know what the process is.
Lee asked Mr. Bilger who Westport Homes is working with. Mr. Bilger states Gordon Crites at Stoeppelwerth and Associates.
January 23, 2007
PROPERTY ON 75 WEST (continued)
Lee states that if Gordon has the Subdivision Control Ordinance, then he has what he needs, the process is explained in that book. In a nutshell, they need to file a sketch plan, Tim Guyer will identify it as a Minor or Major subdivision, mail notice to the Checkpoint Agencies. Once a preliminary plat is filed then a Tech Review meeting needs to be held and so forth.
Terry Spencer states the Plan Commission will want two entrances. Ray Rodgers states the Plan Commission does not want a split in the entrance. Nathan is leaving Westport Homes in three days to become the Zoning Administrator for Plainfield. Someone from Stoeppelwerth & Associates will be attending the next meeting.
Rudy motioned to adjourn the meeting. Ray seconded the motion. The January meeting adjourned at 7:42 pm.
___________________________ Cindy Yates
Approved By: Recording Secretary