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BZA MEETING MINUTES THURSDAY JULY 15, 2010

The White County Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Second Floor, County Building, Monticello, Indiana.

Members attending were: Gerald Cartmell, Charles Mellon, David Hall, David Scott and Carl Hites, Jr. Absent: None. Also attending were Attorney Ben Diener, Director Joseph Rogers and Secretary Gayle Rogers.

Visitors attending were: Brian Pogue.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gerald Cartmell. Charlie Mellon motioned and Gerald Cartmell seconded to accept the minutes of June 17, 2010 as written. The motion passed with a 5 – 0 vote.

#2843 Rockland Wood Products, LLC; That part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 17, Township 28 North, Range 4 West in Monon Township, White County, Indiana containing 24.466 Acres, more or less. ALSO: That part of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 18, Township 28 North, Range 4 West in Monon Township, White County, Indiana containing 25.427 Acres, more or less; commonly described as 8089 N 200W, Monon, IN.

Violation: None

Request: Front setback of 48’ to construct two storage buildings. The required front setback in an I-2 zoning district is 80’ from the state road right-of-way

Director Rogers gave an overview of the request. Rockland is moving production from Georgia to Indiana requiring additional facility space. In manufacturing, the layout is critical for efficiencies for the company to be competitive. The office has received no feedback from the public regarding this request. Brian Pogue was present to represent the request. He further explained that Rockland purchased an importing company in LaGrange, Georgia and intends to move the manufacturing to Monon. Much of what is imported is seasonal so they purchase large supplies and need room to store it. They operate under an FIFO (first-in-first-out) inventory system. A wider, shorter building would add to their cost and decrease their ability to move product efficiently, therefore reducing their competitive edge. Rockland’s future plan is to bring more business to Monon and expand on their lot to the west of this parcel. There is currently water standing on that westerly parcel. The state is intending to install a drainage tile to alleviate that situation. Mr. Pogue spoke with all surrounding neighbors prior to applying for the variance except Carol McGill who was out of town. He has since spoken with her and she has no objections. The sole neighboring concern was Mr. Bradfield who was afraid the new construction would route the standing water to his property. Mr. Pogue assured him Rockland will be required to have a drainage plan so that will not happen. Mr. Bradfield was content with this solution. Dave Scott motioned to vote on the request; Shaker Hites seconded. Result: five votes cast; 5 grant; 0 deny.

Findings of Fact

  1. The variance requested does not essentially alter the character of the surrounding area. 5-0
  2. The granting of this variance will not be injurious to the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community. 5-0 Comment: drainage
  3. The use and value of the area adjacent to the property included in the variance request will not be affected in a substantially adverse manner. 5-0
  4. The granting of the variance is necessary for the preservation and enjoyment of a substantial property right possessed by other property owners in the same vicinity and district but which is denied to the property in question. 5-0
  5. The strict application of the terms of the zoning ordinance will result in practical difficulties in the use of the property, provided that the situation is not self-imposed or that the need for the development standard variance is not based on a perceived reduction of, or restriction on, economic gain. 5-0
  6. The granting of a variance would be a minimal departure from the strict application of the provisions of the zoning ordinance. In other words, the variance will be the minimum necessary to permit a reasonable use of the land and building. 5-0

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As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

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Respectfully submitted,

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Gayle E. Rogers, Secretary

Area Board of Zoning Appeals

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Joseph W. Rogers, Director

White County Area Plan Commission

Document Prepared By: Gayle E. Rogers, WCAP “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.”____________________________