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petitions in discussion with Land Use Committee
Land Use Committee meeting schedule
petitions awaiting hearings at City Hall
petitions that have been decided by the City (1 year only)

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Zoning Petitions that may be considered at the Civic Council meeting on December 17:

4103 South Lynhurst Dr - Bobby and Renata Winter seek a variance to allow an illuminated sign with zero setback when it is within 35 feet of homes and a 600 foot distance is required along with a 15 foot setback from the right of way.
[STATUS] 2018-DV3-057  This petition is scheduled to be heard by the BZA on February 19.

 

In discussions with Land Use Committee

4103 South Lynhurst Dr - Bobby and Renata Winter seek a variance to allow an illuminated sign with zero setback when it is within 35 feet of homes and a 600 foot distance is required along with a 15 foot setback from the right of way.
[STATUS] 2018-DV3-057  This petition is scheduled to be heard by the BZA on February 19.

 

5745 Kentucky Ave - Casey's Marketing Company, represented by Joe Calderon, seeks rezoning of 2.6 acres from DA to C4 to allow for the construction of a gas station & convenience store.
[STATUS] 2018-ZON-120 This petition is scheduled to be heard by the Hearing Examiner on January 24.

 

Various addresses from Millhouse Road through Southport Road east of Mendenhall - Browning Investments is proposing an industrial park on 450 acres.  This petition has not yet been filed.
[STATUS] This petition has not yet been filed.

Here is the latest proposal from this developer.  Click on image to enlarge:

 

 

Land Use Committee Meeting Schedule for 2019

The committee meeting schedule for 2019 is detailed below.  We meet at about  6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Goodwin Center.  Other dates may be used also, if a negotiation requires.  If you have an interest in one of these cases you should contact Pat Andrews (856-3341) for agenda details.    See below for scheduled Land Use Committee meeting dates.  (click here)

 

January 10 February 14 March 14
April 11 May 9 June 13
July 11 August 8 September 12
October 10 November 14 December 12
  Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Meetings are at the Goodwin Center, beginning at 6 pm.

 

The following cases are awaiting hearings at City Hall:

The Civic Council voted to support these petitions:

5745 Kentucky Ave - Casey's Marketing Company, represented by Joe Calderon, seeks rezoning of 2.6 acres from DA to C4 to allow for the construction of a gas station & convenience store.
[STATUS] 2018-ZON-120 This petition is scheduled to be heard by the Hearing Examiner on January 24.

 

The Civic Council voted 'not to oppose' these petitions:

 

The Civic Council voted to oppose these petitions:

 

Decided

4545 Kentucky Ave (land abutting north ramp of I-465) - Paul Page seeks to rezone 4 acres to add retail uses to a hotel and a restaurant in the allowed uses.
[STATUS] 2018-CZN,CVR-850   The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  This petition was approved by the Hearing Examiner on December 13.

8133 & 8215 Camby Road -- Westport Homes, represented by Brian Tuohy, seeks the rezoning of 45.6 acres from agriculture to D-3 (2.2 units per acre).
[STATUS] 2018-ZON-057  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition. This petition was approved the Hearing Examiner on November 15.

5500 Mills Road -- Mills Run, LLC, represented by Elizabeth Bentz Williams, seeks the rezoning of 9.963 acres from multi-family (D-6II & D-7) to Neighborhood Commercial (C-3) .
[STATUS] 2018-ZON-082.  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition. This petition was approved by the Hearing Examiner on October 11.  

4600 & 4620 W. Southport Road -- Harold 'Jay' Sandefur, represented by Jeffry Bellamy, seeks a Variance to allow a camping, fishing, boat slip, recreation and small-scale outdoor event location, with accessory  sale of fishing and camping supplies and limited storage of off season RVs, campers and small boats, with leasing of canoes and kayaks, and including treehouse cabins, rustic cabins (tiny house style) and a recreational zip line, and to provide for a 6 foot tall fence in the front yard.
[STATUS] 2018-UV1-010 The Civic Council voted to OPPOSE this petition. This petition was approved the BZA on June 5.

5020 & 5050 W. Epler Road -- Kirk Farmer requests a modification of commitments made when this property was rezoned in 2005.  He wants to change the requirement of on 1800 sq. ft. house per 2 acres to add a second house of 1200 sq. ft. minimum AND to terminate the requirement that hany house be built on the west side of the creek.
[STATUS] 2018-MOD-003  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition. This petition was approved the BZA on May 24.

7336 Trotter Road -- Michael Else requests a Variance to allow him to build a detached garage with a smaller setback than required and which would sit beyond the front line of the house.
[STATUS] 2018-DV1-008  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition. This petition was approved the BZA on May 1.

5320 West Ralston Road - Martin and Malia Knapp, represented by Dustin Dale, seek a variance to allow for the construction of a 22.33-foot tall pole barn in front of the building line alonf Ralston and Mann Roads.
STATUS: [2017-DV1-084]   The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition. This petition was approved the BZA on March 6.

 

The Petitioner files a zoning or variance request in City Hall.  They must notify, by mail, all owners of lots either within 2 parcels from the one affected, or within 660 feet - whichever is less.  They must also notify all registered Neighborhood Associations that claim the petitioner's land in their territory.

The Petitioner is invited to meet with the Decatur Township Civic Council Land Use Committee.  If we hear of the project before the Petitioner files, we may begin our discussions early.  It is the intent of the Land Use Committee to review the proposal, discuss its impacts on the immediate neighbors and the Township as a whole.  We may possibly engage in negotiating with the Petitioner about their proposal in the expectation that something better for our community might emerge.  The Land Use Committee decides what position it will recommend the full Council take on the Petition (support, not oppose, or oppose).

The zoning or variance petition is heard by the full Civic Council at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  We hear the proposal from the Petitioner and comments for or against from any neighbors.  The Land Use committee recommendation is stated, along with the reasons for that recommendation.  Anyone in attendance may ask questions.  All those who have been members of the Civic Council for 90 days, votes by paper ballot - either 'support', 'not oppose', 'oppose', or 'abstain'.  The official position of the Decatur Township Civic Council is that which receives a majority of the votes cast.

The petition is then heard downtown at the City-County Building (200 E. Washington St).  A zoning request may first be heard by the Hearing Examiner and then by the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC).  A variance request is usually heard by one of three Boards of Zoning Appeals (BZA).   The Land Use Committee sends representatives to these hearings to give a presentation on the reasons for the Civic Council position.

Depending upon the Petition, there may be an appeal to the City-County Council of a decision by the MDC or BZA.