NEW WHITELAND PLAN COMMISSION

NOVEMBER 27, 2007

7:00 p.m.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

 

Chairman, Terry Spencer began the November meeting at 7:03 p.m.  Members present were Ray Rodgers, Rudy Reading, Scott Alspach, Jim Lasiter, Terry Spencer and Laura Hammons.  Attorney, Lee Robbins and Zoning Administrator, Tim Guyer were also in attendance.

 

MINUTES:

Rudy motioned to approve the minutes as presented.  Ray seconded the motion.  Vote was 5 affirmative.  Jim Lasiter abstained from voting due to being absent from the last meeting.

 

ADMINISTRATOR=S REPORT:

Eight building permits were issued, total of $176,460.00.  Various permits.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

ZONING ORDINANCE CHANGES:

No one had any changes,  no discussion.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

MIKE WOOD / WOOD AUTO REPAIR   750 TRACY ROAD:

Mike Wood is petitioning to allow wrecker service and car impounds to be permitted in General Business II zoning classification.  Mike Wood owns property in the Industrial Section of Country Gate and had it rezoned to GBII.  If the Plan Commission decides to amend the zoning ordinance to include this type of use in General Business II, it would be permitted in all property currently zoned GBII.   Under the current zoning ordinance, wrecker services and car impounds are not permitted in any zoning classification.

 

There was a lot of discussion.  It was mentioned that there is property on US 31 that is zoned General Business II and no one wants to see a car impound on US 31. 

 

Lee stated there is no proposed language accompanying the petition tonight.  If the Plan Commission is inclined to allow these two permitted uses in GB II, Lee would need to draft an  amendment to the ordinance text, and tailor some provisions concerning outside storage.

 

As the ordinance is currently written, the development standards for GB II  require that all  activities be within  closed buildings, except where otherwise permitted.  If the Plan Commission were to say that car impounds are permitted, we still have these regulations stating it has to be within a closed building.  There is a limit as to how much can be accomplished tonight.  Amending an ordinance is a process.

 


 

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MIKE WOOD / WOOD AUTO REPAIR   750 TRACY ROAD:

Terry Spencer asked the members for their opinion on this subject.

 

Rudy Reading:            He is in favor of allowing these uses if the petitioner had a concrete plan                                                  as to how the property will look, and not expose the Town to something

                        unsightly.

 

Ray Rodgers:                          He thinks it may be an appropriate use for Mike Wood=s property but does not want to see car impounds and a wrecker service on U.S. 31, where there is other General Business II zoned property.

 

Laura Hammons:         Agreed with Ray=s point of view.

 

Jim Lasiter:                              He stated that EPA/IDEM has made New Whiteland an MS4 entity, which means we have to watch our storm water and drainage.  Right now any of our parking lots have to be paved.  On a storage lot, your going to have anti-freeze, battery acid, oil, gasoline and transmission fluids.  All these liquids that are high pollutants.  If the plan Commission did allow car impounds, we would have to be very very restrictive on any type of fluids running off or running into the ground.  Jim can foresee a nightmare for Mike as well as for the Town on the stricter regulations, as far as the pollutants that would be involved.  These won=t just be repossessed cars, there would also be wrecked cars.

 

Scott Alspach:             He is not in favor of it at all.  He thinks it is basically a junk yard, it could possibly keep other businesses from building in that area.  Car impounds attract people who want to steal.

 

Terry Spencer:             He was not in favor of it to start with yet there are no other businesses building in that area.  Some business is better than no business.  There are positives and negatives to allowing car impounds and wrecker services.

 

There was more discussion. Scott motioned to deny Mike=s petition to permit wrecker service and car impounds in General Business II zoning.  Laura seconded the motion.  Vote was 4  affirmative to deny the petition.  Motion carried and petition was denied, 4 to 2.  Members Reading and Spencer voted against the motion.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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NEW APPOINTMENT TO PLAN COMMISSION:

Steve Hickman submitted a letter of interest to serve on the Plan Commission.   Mr. Hickman resides at 188 Tracy Ridge Blvd.  Laura motioned to send a favorable recommendation to the Town Council to appoint him to the New Whiteland Plan Commission.  Ray seconded the motion.  Vote was 6 affirmative.

 

COMPLAINT ON 32 MORNINGSIDE :

There have been a couple of complaints about a heating and air conditioning business being ran out of this residence.  There are usually two vans parked in the driveway, the crew meets there and he is storing equipment in his garage and outside.  There was more discussion and Tony Horton was mentioned again.  Mr. Horton resides at 644 Circle Court, and is running a transmission business out of his house.  Tim Guyer issued a correction noticed to Mr. Horton on August 20, 2007.

 

Plan Commission directed Lee Robbins to make contact with both residents.

 

Rudy wants to cancel the December meeting since it falls on Christmas day.  Scott seconded the motion.  Vote was 5 affirmative.   Jim Lasiter voted against.

 

 

TIM GUYER=S TRAVEL TIME:

Tim is asking to be paid for his travel time. Maribeth states that she has already submitted the 2008 budget.  The Town always pays whatever the State pays for mileage.  There was some discussion.  Jim Lasiter motioned to pay Tim Guyer 48.5 cents for mileage for Town business from the Town Hall to the inspection site and raise his cell phone allowance from $35.00 to $75.00.  Laura seconded the motion.  Vote was 5 affirmative.  Ray voted against.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

Maribeth Alspach states how much she appreciates all the Board of Zoning members and Plan Commission members.  They make extremely important decisions as volunteers.

 

Rudy motioned to adjourn the meeting.  Ray seconded the motion.  Vote was 6 affirmative.  Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

_________________________________                              Cindy Yates

Approved By:                                                                                                                         Recording Secretary