Tuesday, July 01, 2008

30 June 2008 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

30 June 2008 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

Present: Mike Hall, Chairman, Kraus, Jr., Beiersdorfer, Lansing, Thompson, Lehman, Laws, and Nelson.

Absent: County Extension Agent- position to be filled soon.

Also present: McCormack, Plan Director, Rademacher, Enforcement Officer, McGill, Attorney, and Listerman, Transportation Director.

From Executive Session:
Plan Commission voted to proceed with settling the bond situation on 5 subdivisions. Three sections of Seldom Seen are included.

Phasing of Major Subdivisions text revision was forwarded with a unanimous Favorable recommendation to the commissioners.

Dead End Streets, and Cul de sacs text revisions were forwarded to the commissioners with a Favorable recommendation with one Nay from Laws who still has issues with 1200 ft for the length of a dead end street.

The language on waivers vs. variances was not advertised and will be discussed at the next meeting instead. They are clarifying language to show that waivers are granted by the PC for subdivisions. Variances are granted by the BZA. McCormack noted that state law is being considered for revisions to clarify this point better also.


1. The fee schedule was approved with revisions and also language to make certified letter fees be dependent upon postal rates.

2. The Ag extension position will be filled by Aug- Sept. to replace Nick Held on the Commission.

3. Fifty four applied for the assistant planner position and three are returning for second interviews. McCormack hopes to fill the position in July.

4. Manchester Ball field and West Harrison and St. Leon are receiving aid from the Planning Dept in obtaining grants.

5. The OKI Fiscal impact analysis is proceeding with requests for county budget and sewer budgets. They will test the beta model in August.

6. County depts. are working on a concept design for frontage roads along US 50 to see if the collaborative is interested.

7. Maxwell sent a letter acknowledging that Whitewater Pointe won’t be developed as planned.
They are seeking a small extension of Chappelow Ridge to create a turnaround and then put in a private street for a total of 8-9 homes. There is NO FORMAL PLAN yet. They will be at the Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.


Plan Commission members engaged in a discussion of the Ag definition in article 27 and the table in article 25. They will be getting examples of minimum lot sizes from other counties for further review. This issue is tied to creating more zone levels in Ag and R and to the master plan map amendment. Discussion of that also involved the tabling of that amendment and the law that allows it to be there indefinitely. McCormack was instructed to check with the state to see why the 90-day rule doesn’t apply to this also- as it does to zone changes. When asked if Hughes was still surveying the public on the master plan, Thompson said no.

I asked the commission if all this conversation behind the scenes with commissioners might be appropriate to be out in public. Perhaps this needs to be on a commissioner agenda to see what their issues really are now and get this aired for review. For that to happen it needs to be a public discussion.

There was also some discussion of green systems for septic treatment that might come in the future.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller
Lawrenceburg Township

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