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 The White County Area Plan Commission met Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Second Floor, County Building, Monticello, Indiana.

 Members attending were: Charlie Anderson, Jim Mann, Don Ward, Richard Lynn, Dave Scott, Dennis Sterrett, Gerald Cartmell, Greg Bossaer.  Absent:  Dave Rosenbarger, Mike Smolek

Also attending were Attorney Ben Diener, Executive Director Joe Rogers, and Secretary Gayle Rogers.

 Visitors attending were:  Don Gabower, David & Beth Girtz, Connie Neininger, Michael Triplett 

 The meeting was called to order by President Charlie Anderson. The meeting minutes of August 9, 2010 were approved as written.   
#986  Executive Director Joe Rogers/ White County Commissioners/ Girtz Investments, LLC; requesting a rezone from A-1 (General Agriculture District) to I-1 (Light Industrial District) to correct an error in baseline zoning.

Part of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 32, Township 28 North, Range 3 West, Liberty Township, White County, Indiana, containing 12.73 acres; more commonly known as 5262 N East Shafer Dr.

President Anderson read the request.  Director Rogers was present to explain the request and answer any questions the board may have.  He stated that in 1972, when White County Area Plan started up, a company named Stanley prepared zoning maps for the entire county.  Though Liberty Township did not adopt the County Zoning

Ordinance until 1993, the map from 1972 was adopted.  This administration has no insight as to the resources utilized to determine the zoning for the initial maps.  Those maps show the parcel that houses Girtz Industries as being zoned A-1, General Agriculture.  Since 1993 there have been a minimum of seven building permits issued for

the parcel, all of which show the zoning as I-1.  Director Rogers requests the board recommend the parcel be rezoned to I-1, Light Industrial, to match the use and avoid possible future complications should the owner wish to acquire a building permit.  Should the property remain A-1, future building permits would not be allowed as the

Ordinance prohibits the expansion of a nonconforming use.  The Area Plan office received several phone calls from property owners along Girtz Drive inquiring as to whether the rezone would allow Girtz Industries to expand their campus toward the lake properties.  Upon receiving explanation of the rezone, no one opposed it.  Dave Scott

moved to vote.  Gerald Cartmell seconded.   Result:  8 votes cast; 8 grant


Findings of Fact:
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.  8 agree
2. The proposed rezoning is compatible with current conditions and the overall character of existing development in the immediate vicinity of the subject property.  8 agree
3. The proposed rezoning is the most desirable use for which the land in the subject property is adapted.  8 agree
4. The proposed rezoning will not have an adverse effect on the value of properties throughout the jurisdiction.  7 agree; 1 no opinion
5. The proposed rezoning reflects responsible standards for growth and development.  8 agree
The favorable recommendation will be heard at the White County Commissioners’ Meeting at 8:30 am on October 18, 2010 for a final decision.

Amendment to Chapter 11 of the Zoning Ordinance

            Membership of the APC and BZA boards
Director Joe Rogers explained that the amendment is strictly to bring our Ordinance in compliance with state statute.  The current Ordinance does not describe membership of the APC board and has one error regarding membership of the BZA board.  Don Ward motioned to approve the amendment as written.  Greg Bossaer seconded. 

The motion passed with a unanimous 8 – 0 vote.  The amendment will be presented to the County Commissioners at their October 18th meeting.

Annerino Subdivision

Joe explained to the board that Mike Annerino wishes to change some property lines on his subdivision plat and change the zoning on one parcel.  Mr. Annerino had someone scheduled to be at the meeting tonight but that person backed out this afternoon.  Director Rogers agreed to represent Mr. Annerino at the meeting.  No lots have as

yet been sold.  The parcel to the south of the subdivision put up a fence on SFLECC land (with the proper SFLECC permit) that obstructs the lake view of one of the lots in the Annerino subdivision.  The lines have been redrawn to assure each lot lake frontage and a view.  Also, the northernmost lot (lot 1) is not on the water and can not

be zoned L-1.  Mr. Annerino requests the zoning on that lot be changed to R-2.  The new plat reflects all changes.  Don Ward moved to approve the new Annerino Subdivision plat.  Greg Bossaer seconded.  The plat was approved with a vote of 8 – 0.

2011 Meeting Schedule

Director Rogers requested the board go to meetings every other month rather than monthly.  He said people are okay with the two month hiatus (February and December) and we don’t get enough rezones and subdivisions to justify meetings every month.  Gerald Cartmell suggested keeping the same schedule as 2010 with the office

attempting to schedule people out if possible to accomplish Joe’s proposal.  Unnecessary meetings would be cancelled, as has been done this year.  All agreed.

Amendment to Chapter 10 Signs
The Advisory Committee has completed its task and submitted a new proposal for Chapter 10 to the board.  Director Rogers pointed out some of the areas that would change if the proposal is accepted, such as yard signs and disposable signs will be addressed; some signs being allowed in the right-of-way; political signs and what can

and can’t be regulated.  Jim Mann mentioned the new proposal appears to be more enforceable than the current Ordinance.  Joe suggested the board address the proposal at their next meeting so he could go out and take photos of signs that would still be a problem and provide a visual presentation for the board.  This approach was

agreeable to all members.

There being no further business, Gerald Cartmell motioned for adjournment; Jim Mann seconded; the vote was unanimous and the meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.




Respectfully submitted,


Donald W. Ward, Secretary      
White County Area Plan Commission        


Joseph W. Rogers, Exec. Director
White County Area Plan Commission

Document Prepared By:  White County Area Plan Secretary, Gayle E. Rogers