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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 June 25:

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 This petition is sceduled to be heard by the BZA on July 3.

 

8133 & 8215 Camby Road -- Westport Homes, represented by Brian Tuohy, seeks the rezoning of 45.6 acres from agriculture to D-3 (about 3 units per acre).
[STATUS] 2018-ZON-057  This petition is scheduled to be heard by the Hearing Examiner on June 28.

 

 

In discussions with Land Use Committee

 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 This petition is sceduled to be heard by the BZA on June 5.

 

8133 & 8215 Camby Road -- Westport Homes, represented by Brian Tuohy, seeks the rezoning of 45.6 acres from agriculture to D-3 (about 3 units per acre).
[STATUS] 2018-ZON-057  This petition is scheduled to be heard by the Hearing Examiner on June 28.


 

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 2018

The committee meeting schedule for 2018 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)

 

  June 14 July 12
August 9 September 13 October 11
November 8 December 13  
  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:

 

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

 

The Civic Council voted to oppose these petitions:

 

Decided

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.

3641 S. Lynhurst Dr - Thomas Fifer requests a variance to allow an expansion of the existing building within 10 feet of the south lot line.
STATUS: [2017-ZON-083]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  This petition was approved by the Hearing Examiner on 
December 28.

5500 Mendenhall Rd - Paul McIntyre seeks a variance to allow a tree service and landscape business to operate with outdoor storage of vehicles, equipment, logs, woodchips, mulch and compost.

STATUS: [2017-UV3-019]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  This petition was approved by the BZA on December 19.

 

5644 & 5802 Flight School Rd - Talented Traders, LLC, represented by Russell Brown, seek a rezoning to allow an apartment complex to be built on the site between Culvers and Country Inn & Suites, currently occupied by a vacant restaurant building.

STATUS: [2017-ZON-087]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  This petition was approved by the Hearing Examiner on January 11.

 

4810 Southport Rd - Zach and Alicia Crutcher, represented by Mark and Kim Crouch, seek a variance to allow a 9360 sq. ft. horse barn which is not allowed because it is larger than the house.
STATUS: [2017-DV2-029]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  This petition was approved by the BZA on October 10.

 

3740 S. Lynhurst Dr - SBA Communications Corp, represented by David McGehee and Matt Price, seeks a special exception to allow a cell tower to be erected on the SW corner of this parcel.
STATUS: [2016-SE1-001]   The Civic Council voted to NOT OPPOSE this petition.  This petition was approved by the BZA on October 10.

 

9001 Camby Rd -  Earth Images, a landscaping company, represented by Justin & David Kingen, seeks a variance in order to grow sod and build office and storage buildings.
STATUS [2017-UV2-003]  This petition was withdrawn.

 

3240-3426 S. Lynhurst Dr - Exeter Property Group, represented by Joe Calderon, seeks to rezone 31 acres from airport to medium industrial (I-2S) so that warehouses can be built. Because this land used to include a small subdivision, the plat for those homes must be legally removed.
STATUS: [2016-CZN, CVC-840]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  This petition was approved by the Hearing Examiner on May 25.

 

4106 Tincher Rd - Robert Matthew Waddell seeks a variance to allow the construction of a porch with a 15 foot setback.

STATUS [2017-DV1-025]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  The BZA approved this petition on  May 2.

 

7951 Cedar Dr (7902 Ralston Rd) - multiple owners, represented by David Retherford, seek to divide a 9 acre parcel into a 3 acre and 6 acre parcels, neither of which would have the required 250 street frontage.
STATUS [2017-DV1-016]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  The BZA approved this petition on  May 2.

 

4822 Mann Rd - Storage Express Holdings, represented by Patrick Riley, seeks to modify commitments from 2013 to allow storage units on the entire site (parcel 1 now limited to C-3 uses).

STATUS [2017-MOD-007]  The Civic Council voted to SUPPORT this petition.  The Hearing Examiner approved this petition on April 27.

 

8025 Paddock Rd - Tena Allen seeks a rezoning of 27 acres from agriculture to a special use to allow for a cemetery, funeral home, mausoleum and crematory.
STATUS [2017-ZON-002]  This petition was WITHDRAWN on April 13.

 

 

 

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.