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BZA postpones Big Long Lake pier requests


All five requests for piers on Big Long Lake in the Long Lake Park area were postponed by the LaGrange County BZA Tuesday evening, as requested by each of the five petitioners.

The requests to postpone come as the county looks at removing “piers” and “docks” from its list of auxiliary uses. The recommendation to remove those items from the county’s list will be heard at the June 19 county plan commission meeting. If approved, it will go on to the county commissioners for action on July 2.

The requests will be postponed to the June 25 BZA meeting to see what action the county plan commission may take.

Requests for piers that are not contiguous to the primary lots were made by Jeffrey and Holly Spaw, Mark and Patricia Lorntz, Jordan and Sara Spaw, and Gary and Nadene Ward and Carol Ensley. James Morris requested the placement of a DNR approved pier.

In other business:

The BZA denied an application for side yard and driveway setbacks for a proposed home at 4410S 930E. The proposal was for the demolition of an existing home and the construction of a new home for John and Sarita Hench.

The neighbor to the north, where the Henchs had requested a 3 ft. setback, opposed the request based on a loss of privacy with the homes that close, and loss of value. The neighbor, Mike Schwanz, noted that the proposed placement would hinder his access to the lake along that property line.

The BZA denied the request, but will allow the Henchs to refile next month with an amended plan that would center the home on the lot.

The BZA approved a request by Richard and Karna Krull for a roadside setback of 35 ft. for a garage addition at their lot on Fish Lake.

Beth Snider had an application for the placement of a solar panel array approved for her lot at 2703N 900W in Shipshewana.