Monday, April 22, 2013

22 April 2013 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

22 April 2013 Dearborn County Plan Commission Meeting Notes

Present: Mike Hall, Chairman, Dennis Kraus Jr., Russell Beiersdorfer, Mark Lehman, Mike Hornbach, Art Little, Jake Hoog, , and Ken Nelson. BZA members Jane Ohlmansiek and Phil Darling.

Also Present: Mark McCormack, Plan Director, Nicole Dailey, zoning administrator, and Troy Frasier, assistant planner.

ABSENT: Dan Lansing

Overview of Recent Changes to Development Standards( 2012)

Zoning ordinance- Parking Standards Updated

Plot Plan Standards Streamlined – eliminated repetitive requirements. Variances were defined to reflect state code.

ADA Standards Updated

Subdivision Control Ordinance

ADA Standards Updated also for curbs etc.

Subdivision Exemptions Added such as right of way exemptions for fees in some instances. Integral services such as sewers, water, etc. also.

Discussion of Proposed Zoning Ordinance Changes

Landscaping and Buffers- McCormack went over all the proposed changes to Section 22. The person responsible for maintaining buffers was outlined.  It includes having the Technical Review Committee review things that were previously just the Plan Director’s decision. Landscaping along frontages was changed to encourage parking to be in the back of buildings and not the front. Parking in the front increases the landscaping requirement. Bufferyard levels were outlined in a table for each of the zoning types. There are options for alternate options and also options for the developer to have considered also. Some species of trees and shrubs were eliminated due to invasiveness, maintenance difficulties, obnoxious fruits, etc.  The new ordinance changes reduce the plant stock from the previous requirements, as the previous list actually had so many that as they matured, they could not be kept alive. Fences have to be appropriate materials for front yards. Chain link fences were discussed in front yards of residential developments.

Comparison of existing and proposed regulations- setbacks and minimum lot sizes were changed.

Zoning districts- proposing 3 residential districts. Rural residential, single family, and multifamily. B-1 stays the same. Highway interchange is being eliminated and absorbed by B-2. Manufacturing districts were renamed Industrial districts. I-1, I-2, I-3.

Review proposed changes- A few sections of the zones had revisions reflecting fire protection, and agricultural use protections such as fencing. 16 dwelling units per acre was considered too dense. In fact the fire department could not protect that density out in the county per a couple plan commission members. They recommend 10 perhaps. McCormack will research something between 8 and 12 per acre. He will also look at whether DNR has to approve dry hydrants or not.


Comprehensive Plan Update- looking at updating charts, maps, and demographics. The staff is in the process of updating this now. Probably having a kickoff meeting in the fall for this. They plan to look at Industrial and commercial areas in the floodplain. Advisory members for the master plan will be advised of progress on this and also when the public hearing for the amendments to zoning will occur.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 PM

Christine Brauer Mueller

Lawrenceburg Township.



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