NEW WHITELAND PLAN COMMISSION

AUGUST 28, 2007

Public Hearing

 

7:00 p.m.

 

Co-Chairman, Jim Lasiter began the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  Members present were Jim Lasiter, Ray Rodgers, Rudy Reading, Scott Alspach, and Laura Hammons.  Attorney, Lee Robbins was present as well as Zoning Administrator, Tim Guyer.

 

MINUTES:

Rudy motioned to approve the minutes from the July Plan Commission meeting.  Ray seconded the motion.  Vote was 5 affirmative.  There were no comments or changes.

 

ADMINISTRATOR=S REPORT:

Seven building permits were issued in the month of August, total of $938,825.00.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

ALLOW GRAVEL DRIVEWAYS:

Lee states that notice was published for Public Hearing on the zoning amendment for allowing gravel driveways.

 

There were no comments or questions.  Scott Alspach motioned to a send favorable recommendation to the Town Council to adopt the amendment to allow gravel driveways with conditions stated in the amendment.  Laura seconded the motion.  Vote was 5 affirmative.

 

BILLBOARD AMENDMENT:

Lee stated this amendment is to change the distance between a billboard sign and a protected district from 100' to 350'.  Scott motioned to send a favorable recommendation to the Town Council.  Ray seconded the motion.  Vote was 5 affirmative.

 

ZONING ORDINANCES REVISIONS:

Terry Spencer could not make tonights meeting and asked for this subject to be postponed until the next meeting.

 

TWO PODS AT 239 SOUTHLANE:

Tim Guyer asked for direction from Lee and the members on PODS, portable storage units.  The resident at 239 Southlane currently has two of the PODS in their front yard.  The resident has severe water damage inside the house. A representative from the POD company called and asked if they could bring two more and store them in the street.  Cindy told them that would definitely not be allowed. 

 

Tim states that PODS are not listed anywhere in the Zoning Ordinances.  Lee states that is correct and they all need to be removed.   Lee will work on something to address this subject.   


 

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TWO PODS AT 239 SOUTHLANE (continued)

It was stated that these PODS are the type of service that a company brings them, you store your belongings in them and then they are hauled away to another location. So that is the answer for today, they can keep them on the property long enough for belongings to be moved into the POD, then move the POD to another location.  A POD cannot stay on property indefinitely, because then it would become an accessory structure. There is no real reason for a POD to sit forever in someone=s driveway or front yard.

                                                                             

Tim asked Ray Rodgers if he wants to inspect the inside of Building #5 in New Whiteland Commons? Ray replied to set up a time with Fire Chief Hedrick.

 

COST OF UTILITIES TOWARD THE EAST OF NEW WHITELAND:

Jim Lasiter was asked to research what it would cost the Town to run utilities east on Tracy Road, on the other side of the railroad tracks, for possible future annexation reasons.  Jim is reporting back that cost would be around $300.00 a foot unless something goes wrong.  Cost would be approximately $25,000.00 to $30,000.00.

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

No questions or comments.

 

Rudy motioned to adjourn the August meeting.  Ray seconded the motion.  Voted 5 to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

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Approved By:                                                                                                                         Cindy Yates

Recording Secretary