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APC MEETING March 10, 2014

The White County Area Plan Commission met Monday, March 10, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Second Floor, County Building, Monticello, Indiana.

Members attending were: Charles Anderson, Jim Annis, Mark Bentlage, Richard Lynn, Jim Mann, Mike Smolek, Dave Rosenbarger, Dennis Sterrett, Dave Stimmel, Brad Ward, and Donald Ward.

Also attending were Attorney Abigail Diener, Executive Director Joe Rogers, and Building & Planning Dept. Secretary, Tina Cronkhite.

Visitors attending were:  George Loy, Ron Burkhardt, Brian & Julie Wood, David Diener, Everett R. Shafer, Richard W. Oberlander, John Froehling, and Monticello Mayor Ken Houston.

The meeting was called to order by President, James Mann.

 

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Opening Business:

Minutes: There was a motion by Dave Stimmel and a second by Mike Smolek to approve the meeting minutes of 01/13/2014 as written; so moved.

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Rezones: #1015– Dennis A. Mathew (1/2) & Robert Armond Mathew Rev TR DTD 10-29-12 (1/2) Request for a rezone from I-2, Heavy Industrial District to I-3, Industrial Park District.

This property is part of the Mid America Commerce Park Corridor.  The location was chosen for construction of a spec building and is being purchased by White County Economic Development.  The rezone request was applied for by the White County Commissioners and White County Area Plan serves as the representative to seek approval.  See Exhibit E-Resolution No. 14-02-03-01

George Loy, White County Attorney, spoke in favor of the rezone on behalf of the White County Commissioners, White County Redevelopment Commission, White County Economic Development, and Dan Zuerner with Garmong Construction Services.  David Diener, White County Commissioner addressed the importance of creating uniformity to protect existing property owners, as well as the investors in this project.

Everett Shafer, abutting property owner in Jasper County, approached the APC with concerns regarding water drainage in connection with construction of the spec building on this parcel.  Mr. Shafer was informed that all drainage plans must be approved by the White County Drainage Board prior to the Building & Planning Dept. issuing any building permits.  Mr. Shafer seeks consideration of the Drainage Board to the drainage plan in correlation to his property.  An additional question was if there could be signage to ban truck engine brakes from being used.  Mr. Shafer was informed to contact the State Highway Dept. with those concerns.

Richard Oberlander, Jasper County, spoke as a representative for additional adjoining property owners.  These property owners would like to provide input to the White County Drainage Board on the drainage plan for this project.  Mr. Oberlander formally requested that adjoining property owners receive prior notification of the next Drainage Board Meeting that relates to the development of this property.

Joe Rogers noted that rezoning the property to I-3 provides for better control & development standards than I-2, which it is currently zoned.

White County Surveyor, Brad Ward, offered to meet Mr. Oberlander at the site to discuss concerns and share those with the developers.

Joe Rogers confirmed that a formal notification request would be submitted to the White County Drainage Board, through the White County Commissioners, that property owners shall be notified in advance of the Drainage Board hearing in relation to the development of this property.  See Exhibit A – Notification Request

There being no additional questions or comments, ballots were passed to board members by Ms. Diener.

Ballot Summary:

1. The proposed rezoning is consistent with the goals, objective, and policies of the White County Strategic Plan and any other applicable planning studies and reports, as adopted and amended from time to time.  10 agree; 0 no opinion; 0 disagree

2. The proposed rezoning is compatible with current conditions and the overall character of existing development in the immediate vicinity of the subject property.  10 agree; 0 no opinion; 0 disagree; Comments: Drainage should be looked in to.

3. The proposed rezoning is the most desirable use for which the land in the subject property is adapted.  9  agree; 1 no opinion; 0 disagree

4. The proposed rezoning will not have an adverse effect on the value of properties throughout the jurisdiction.  9 agree; 1 no opinion; 0 disagree; Comments: Look into drainage for surveyor.

5. The proposed rezoning reflects responsible standards for growth and development.  10 agree; 0 no opinion; 0 disagree

President, Jim Mann announced the results, as follows: 10 votes cast; 10 in favor - 0 opposed.  Rezone request will be certified to the appropriate legislative body with a “Favorable” recommendation.

Other Business:

Monticello TIF District Expansion Review: Approve/Modify/Deny: Vice President, Charles Anderson read the following:  “On behalf of the Area Plan commission, let it be entered into the record that Jim Mann has recused himself from the Monticello TIF District portion of this evenings meeting due to a possible conflict of interest.  Mr. Mann has stepped down from the Commissioner’s table and will refrain from participating in the discussion and decision of this matter.” Charles Anderson served as head of the expansion review discussion.  George Loy, White County Attorney, was present to represent the TIF Expansion as part of the Monticello Redevelopment Commission. (See Resolution-Exhibit B).

The TIF Expansion will allocate where tax dollars are distributed.  Tax dollars which are assessed as a result of “New, Non-Residential” improvements after the TIF effective date would go to the White County Redevelopment Commission for infrastructure service improvements in that area.  Some of the infrastructure improvements include, but are not limited to:

1. Multiple sewer projects

2. Roads/Curbs

3. New road development

4. Relocation of the city Fire Department

Monticello Mayor, Ken Houston, spoke in favor of the expansion as a representative for the City of Monticello.

There being no additional questions or comments, ballots were passed to board members by Ms. Diener.

Ballot Summary:

1. Does the proposed Declaratory Resolution and Economic Development Plan conform to the White County Area Comprehensive Plan and any other Pre-Existing Plans for Development in the area?  10 yes; 0 no

2. Do you approve or disapprove the above said resolution and plan as proposed? 10 approve; 0 disapprove.

Vice President, Charles Anderson announced the results, as follows: 10 votes cast; 10 in favor - 0 opposed.  Expansion request will be certified to the appropriate legislative body with a “Favorable” recommendation. President, Jim Mann returned to head the remainder of the meeting at this time.

Meadowbrook #2 Fund Dispersion: Joe Rogers requested authorization to disperse funds to the Area Plan training budget to allow for ArcGIS software training for the Area Plan staff.  Jim Annis made a motion to authorize dispersing $2400.00 to the Area Plan training budget, with a second from Mike Smolek.  Motion is granted, with all in favor.

Mid America Commerce Park Rezone Discussion: Joe Rogers informed the APC Board Members that the Area Plan Dept. is anticipating a resolution in the near future from the White County Commissioners to rezone a segment of this property to I-3.

Subcommittee Review:

a) Split Zoning Subcommittee – 02/11/14 – See Exhibit C

b) Board Expansion Subcommittee – 02/13/14 – See Exhibit D

Discussions are ongoing on both subcommittee issues.

Closing Business: Joe Rogers highlighted a topic on Bee Population Control.  The current zoning ordinance is structured to prohibit bee hives/colonies in most residential zones.  After some discussion on whether to consider changing the standards, the APC determined that more research was needed on the topic.  Joe Rogers will provide some additional research on the topic at a later time.

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There being no further business, Jim Annis moved that the meeting be adjourned; Dave Stimmel seconded and with all in favor, Vice President, James Mann adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Donald W. Ward, Secretary

White County Area Plan Commission

Joseph W. Rogers, Executive Director

White County Area Plan Commission

Document Prepared By:  White County Area Plan Assistant, Tina Cronkhite “I AFFIRM, UNDER THE PENALTIES FOR PERJURY, THAT I HAVE TAKEN REASONABLE CARE TO REDACT EACH SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IN THIS DOCUMENT, UNLESS REQUIRED BY LAW.”   


WHITE COUNTY AREA PLAN COMMISSION

PUBLIC NOTICE OF REGULAR SESSION

 

March 10, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.

2nd Floor Conference Room

White County Building

Monticello, IN  47960

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AGENDA

6:00 P.M.:  The White County Area Plan Commission will meet in Regular Session pursuant to Indiana’s Open Meetings Law, I.C. 5-3-1-2 (b):

READING OF THE MINUTES – January 13, 2014

REZONINGS –

1. #2015 – Dennis A Mathew (1/2) & Robert Armond Mathew Rev TR DTD 10-29-12 (1/2) - Rezone from I-2, Heavy Industrial District to I-3 Industrial Park District

BUSINESS –

1.   Monticello TIF District Expansion Review: Approve/Modify/Deny

2.   Meadowbrook #2 Fund Dispersion – Approximately $2,400

3.   Mid America Commerce Park Rezone Discussion

4.   Subcommittee Review

a) Split Zoning Subcommittee – 02/11/14

 

b)  Board Expansion Subcommittee – 02/13/14

 

See Area Plan Office for hard-copy Exhibits A-D.