Tuesday, July 26, 2005

25 July 2005 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

25 July 2005 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

Present: Jeff Hughes, Acting Chairman, Mike Hall, Jane Ohlmansiek, Nick Held, Robert Laws, and Dennis Kraus, Jr.
Absent: Mark Mitter, Patrick deMaynadier, and Tarry Feiss
Also present: Travis Miller, Plan Director, Mark McCormack, Enforcement Officer, and Arnie McGill, Attorney.

Primary approval of 1- lot replat for Cooper Run Estates in Harrison Township off Johnson Fork Road was approved unanimously.
This subdivision consists of 31 lots plus a lot for access to the next property. It was originally approved in 1991 and is an Ag subdivision on 71.37 acres. No public commented though there were about 8 people present.
Once the access to the collector was revised, the staff had no problems with this replat.
Hall motioned and Held 2nd to approve. All ayes. Dennis Kraus Jr. did not vote- he stepped outside for this presentation as his father Dennis Kraus Sr presented the application.


The Plan Commission approved a draft of a letter that Travis Miller presented with some slight corrections to be sent in response to the county residents who were informing the Planning office of their objections to being forced to hook onto St. Leon Sewers. Even though the plan Commission has no jurisdiction in this matter, they did want to explain their position to the residents who have been sending them letters.
Mike Hall mentioned that Mel Davis from Lawrenceburg Utilities had asked him if the county would be interested in becoming the central governing figure in the sewer plans rather than L-bg. This would not affect the St. Leon Sewer decisions however.

Jeff Hughes brought up the idea of an area Plan Commission rather than an advisory one like we have. This would include municipalities. Travis will prepare an updated executive summary of this- pros and cons- for the next Plan Commission meeting. Mike Hall noted that he didn’t see the bigger cities and maybe not even the towns wanting to give up jurisdiction. “They want our help (administratively) but they want to keep final word on decisions.”
St. Leon will be ready by early 2006 with their intergovernmental agreement on county planning services.

Travis Miller presented the general structure of the Future Land Use Map Committees and wanted to make the August 18th meeting at the Adult Center on Tate Street a kick off meeting rather than a working session. They plan to resurrect the advisory board for the master plan as a part of this and also have 4 focus groups on Commercial/Industrial, Residential, Agricultural, and Open Space/Parks. They also plan to invite members of the municipalities including their utility managers. Letters will go out soon for this. The plan is to have the map finished by the end of 2005 for recommended approval by the plan Commission and then the Commissioners.

Travis met with the US 50 Collaborative last week (cities, towns county council, and Bischoff and Nugent, etc) to propose a scope of services to study the land uses next to US 50 Corridor. The US 50 Study that INDOT is doing does NOT have Land Uses in it’s scope of services- they are only concerned with traffic flow.
[NOTE: This seems shortsighted, since traffic flow is directly related to the type of land uses that feed into the road!]
Because the US 50 study is stalled at the “order to proceed” stage, the Collaborative felt that this might be an opportune time to get this done concurrent with it. Lawrenceburg may have dollars to fund this land use study to the tune of possibly $300,000. OKI has helped considerably with this as well.

NOTE: The meeting on August 18th 7-9 PM at The Tate Street Adult Center on the FUTURE LAND USE MAP FOR THE COUNTY is open to the public.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

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