Minutes of Zoning Commission Meeting held May 8, 2012.
I. Call to Order. Meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Commission members present were Susan Nelson, Dean Tjaden, Tami Vetter and Dennis Carney. Also present were Jeff Sherman, Zoning Administrator, and Misty Day, Assistant Administrator. Roll call of Commission members was taken and four (4) out of five (5) members were present with Board Member Glen Zubrod being absent and Board member Dean Tjaden coming in after roll call. Benny & Shirley Goddard, Shawn Goddard, and John Whalen were also present for the hearing.
II. Approval of Agenda. A motion to approve the Agenda as presented was made by Dennis Carney and was seconded by Tami Vetter. The motion was unanimously approved.
III. Approval of Minutes. A motion to approve the April 10, 2012, minutes was made by Tami Vetter and was seconded by Dennis Carney. The motion was unanimously approved.
IV. Old Business. No old business.
V. New Business.
A. A public hearing on a request by attorney William Baresel on behalf of Benny Goddard who has filed an application with the Floyd County Zoning Commission for approval of a Final Minor Subdivision Plat for a 3.59 acre lot located in the NE¼ NW¼ & NE¼ of Section 34, Township 95 North, Range 15 West of the 5th P.M., Riverton Township. Benny Goddard spoke on behalf of the request. Mr. Goddard stated that he wanted to split off a parcel to sell to his nephew, Shawn Goddard, to build a new home. Commission members reviewed maps and the staff report provided by Assistant Day. Chair Susan Nelson asked whether the staff had anything to add. Assistant Day made her staff report a part of the record and explained that the proposed Minor Subdivision was located in a “grandfathered” subdivision that existed prior to the subdivision ordinance being enacted in 1984. Although this original subdivision did not have to go through the platting procedures that are in place today, since this proposed lot was not identified as an existing lot in the “grandfathered” subdivision, they now had to go through the platting process. Assistant Day also talked about a portion of the parcel being located in the Floodplain and that there was adequate room to build outside of the Floodplain, but in the event Mr. Goddard wanted to build in the area that was in the Floodplain he would need to obtain a Floodplain permit and potentially elevate the structure. Shawn Goddard stated that he had already obtained an elevation from the DNR and there were no issues in the location he planned to build. Assistant Day added that the parcel and surrounding parcels were already zoned R-1 Single Family Residential and that the proposed parcel was not prime Agricultural ground.
There were no letters and no one present to speak in support of or opposed to the request.
A motion to approve the request for approval of a Final Minor Subdivision Plat for a 3.59 acre lot located in the NE¼ NW¼ & NE¼ of Section 34, Township 95 North, Range 15 West of the 5th P.M., Riverton Township was made by Tami Vetter and seconded by Dean Tjaden. Roll call vote was held and the motion was unanimously approved.
VI. Staff Comments.
A. Assistant Day spoke to the Commission regarding a potential amendment to the Floyd County Zoning Ordinance. Assistant Day explained that the old Ordinance allowed for temporary asphalt plants and other plants associated with mining as a conditional use in the Agricultural district, along with mining itself. The new ordinance only allows mining as a conditional use in the Agricultural district and asphalt and redi-mix plants are only allowed in the Industrial district. Allied/Greene Limestone have a lot of temporary asphalt plants that get set up in their quarries during road construction season and since we have always allowed this in the past, it seems to make sense to amend the new ordinance to allow these temporary plants to go hand-in-hand with mining in the Agricultural district. Assistant Day stated that she wanted the Commission to be thinking of other things they may like to see amended so that they are not opening up the ordinance for one single amendment. Chair Susan Nelson asked Assistant Day to put together a red-lined amendment and present that at the July meeting.
VII. Adjournment. A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Dean Tjaden and seconded by Dennis Carney. The motion was unanimously approved.
Jeff D. Sherman