Present: Mike Hall, Chairman, Tarry Feiss, Nick Held, Ken Nelson, Robert Laws, Dennis Kraus, Jr., and Ralph Thompson.
Absent: Mark Mitter and Patrick DeMaynadier
Also Present: Mark McCormack, Planning Director, Mike Ionna, Assistant Planner shared with West Harrison and St. Leon, and Arnie McGill, Attorney. Absent: Kate Rademacher, Enforcement Officer
1.Variance for driveway spacing to allow direct access to Lake Tambo Rd (a collector)was granted to Eugene and Melanie Cappel for 31.5 acres for their son to build a home on the family farm I Jackson Township. Dennis Kraus , Jr. stepped down for this item and his father, Dennis Kraus Sr. presented the case for the Cappels. Sight distance was 1000 ft in each direction and the driveway access was needed in this area to prevent using up space for eth soybean fields and accessory barn. Thompson motioned and Nelson 2nd to grant the 137 ft variance because it met all 4 criteria though Thompson questioned the one about “public morals.”
Nelson also asked for clarification on the difference between subdivision ordinance variances and dimensional variances.
2.Proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance were discussed:
Section 1640 changed the language to allow more than one person to decide whether a change to a development plan was major or minor- it is now proposed to have tech review look at them rather than just the Planning director. More examples of minor changes were discussed and it was noted that minor changes can have a cumulative effect- therefore they were only going to allow one per year- if more they have to go to PC. Most of these used examples of issues with Sugar Ridge, where they did some changes and considered even the lawns on each lot as part of the “open space” requirements in a so -called minor change. Thompson motioned and Feiss 2nded to do more review on this. All ayes.
Section 315 on conditional use permits – particularly multi-family housing was approved to go to the commissioners with Thompson motioning and Feiss 2nd all ayes. It includes language encouraging concept development plans for these cases. These uses go to both PC and BZA. There will eventually be more residential divisions in the code. As an aside it was noted that Farruggia had lost their options on the Stateline Road property for Classic Properties, a case where this multifamily use might have been used.
Sewage and water supply ordinance was discussed with a presentation from John Grace of the County Health Dept. This was difficult to follow without seeing the actual language changes and Grace’s presentation had some VERY SMALL text. The PC members were given written copies.
Ewbank had prepared a version of this ordinance at Hughes’s request and the PC had 60 days to act upon it. There was concern that the commissioner’s version was not legal as it was less stringent than the state requirements.
Grace stressed that the Health Dept works with people to allow time to fix their septic tanks and leach fields. He also noted that there is NO GRANDFATHERING of older approved systems that are no longer approved by the health dept. There have been numerous issues with requests to remodel homes, build pools, or pole barns where NO ADDITIONAL LOAD is put on the septic system and yet the permit requires the system to be checked to get the permit. The Health Dept recommended they leave the ordinance as is or use #2, #3 with setbacks changed to 50 ft on the downhill side of the leach field, or develop another option with Plan Dept, Health Dept, and Building dept. input. Grace also cited Ind Adm Code Rule 410 and bulletin SE 11.
Thompson was concerned they would use reviewing septic supply to force people onto sewers. Grace said that in areas with small lots there were no options except costly ones.
Thompson motioned and Laws 2nd to do option #3 as proposed by the Planning Dept with changes to be 50 ft on the downhill side of the leach field as a minimum distance for the building. Passed to go to commissioners for approval.
Thompson also suggested they look at SDRSD and Greendale in particular to see how public sewer systems should be built.
Staff is working on grants to help Bright Fire Dept get water tanker. Hoping to get $100,000 from Lawrenceburg for this as the increased development in the area has overloaded Bright’s ability to handle it all financially.
Margaret Minzner (GIS) also helped them with their FEMA grant.
There was a vague question regarding someone approaching the PC next month and whether or not it should be on their agenda.
The future land use material will be available around the end of June and the PC plans to have the public hearing in August or September to be sure to set it at a time where most people are NOT on vacation.
McCormack also noted there was some talk at the last Advisory Board Meeting for the Master plan about getting outsiders to help with maps. He noted historically this has not been successful with Corradino and HNTB plans failing and more recently the Capital Improvement Plan and parts of the Sewer Study even. He wanted the PC to let him know if they wanted to pursue this or if they wanted staff to change their approach. Thompson told him that he wanted to commend staff on how they handled the planned and the data they produced. He asked that they not feel the frustrations of the committee were addressed to them specifically. PC members seemed to concur with this- nodding as he said that.
The fiscal impact model is being considered with OKI and the County Extension office as sources.
Staff is also working on amendments to the zoning districts.
Staff requested a change in the code to upgrade costs for certified mail to reflect new postal rates. Granted.
Two places were open for a seminar on Tuesday evening on Historical and Preservation Codes. Plan members will let Cathy know if they can attend.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM
Christine Brauer Mueller