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BZA MEETING MINUTES THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2011

 The White County Board of Zoning Appeals met in a Special Session on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Second Floor, County Building, Monticello, Indiana.

 Members attending were:  David Hall, Shaker Hites, Gerald Cartmell and Richard Holmes.  Absent:  None.  Also attending were Attorney Ben Diener, Director Joseph Rogers and Secretary Gayle Rogers.

 Visitors attending were:  Steve Burton, Mike Souligne, Pat Murphy

 The meeting was called to order by Chairman Gerald Cartmell.   

#2848  M.E.M. Ventures, LLC; Beginning at the intersections of the center line of State Roads #53 and #18, and thence North on the center line of State Road #53 two hundred seventy-seven and 5/100 (277.05) feet; thence West One

Hundred eighty-six and no tenths (186.0) feet; thence South two hundred Seventy-eight and 25/100 (278.25) feet to center line of State Road #18 thence East on center-line of Road #18 One hundred eighty-eight and no tenths (188.0) feet

to the point of beginning.
The above described land in the Southeast Quarter of Southwest quarter of Section eighteen (18), Township Twenty-five (25) North, Range five (5) West, in Round Grove Township, White County, Indiana and contains 1.19 acres.

COMMON DESCRIPTION:  Property is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of State Road 18 and US Highway 231, more commonly known as 9976 S US 231, Brookston.

 Violation:  None
 Request:  Front setback variance to extend the current facility.  The required front setback in a B-2, General Business zoning district is 80’ from the road right-of-way. 

Director Rogers explained that the request for a 39’ setback from US 231 was
 indirectly granted with a past rezone.  The applicant wishes to build an addition to their facility and the proposed location appears to be the most practical for production.  Mike Souligne, contractor and Pat Murphy, owner were present to

represent the request.  Steve Burton was present as a neighbor to show support for the variance request.  Shaker Hites asked why the applicant does not add on to the southwest corner of the building instead.  Joe Rogers mentioned they

would still require a variance to do so.  Mike Souligne pointed out the impracticalities with roofline and storage space desired of such an addition.  Dave Hall motioned to vote and Shaker Hites seconded.    Result:  Four votes cast; 4 grant;

0 deny

Findings of Fact

1. The variance requested does not essentially alter the character of the surrounding area.   4-0
2. The granting of this variance will not be injurious to the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community.   4-0 
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.   4-0
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.   4-0
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.  4-0
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.   4-0
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Chairman Cartmell stated for the record this was a special meeting for the sole purpose of hearing variance request #2848.  No other business was presented or discussed.  The meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm on a motion by Dave Hall and

second by Shaker Hites.

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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.”____________________________