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BZA seeking new member


The LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is seeking a new member after Delonda Young announced that she would have to step down from the board due to conflicting schedules.

The citizen member spot is appointed by the county commissioners and candidates for this position must be Republican. Applications can be picked up at the county auditor’s office.

Planning Administrator Bob Shanahan said Young has been a great BZA member and they would “welcome her back any time.”

In other business:

The BZA heard that an appeal has been filed by Martin and Deborah Heiny regarding a decision made by the BZA at its Oct. 16 meeting. The BZA had approved a lake lot width variance request for Joe Retterbush, allowing a front lot line width of just over 55 ft. where a 100 ft. width is standard.

At the meeting, attorney Bill Eberhard, representing the Heinys, told the BZA that they felt that a hardship had been created by the property owner who was asking for the relief.

Attorney Fred Hartz, representing Retterbush, told the BZA at the time that the variance was for the minimum amount needed and that the hardship had been created out of good intentions previously when Retterbush and previous owner Mark Leu traded property. The hardship was also peculiar to the site, Hartz told the BZA.

The appeal has been filed in the LaGrange County Superior Court. No date for a hearing has been set.

Also on Tuesday evening, the BZA approved a developmental standard variance for James Ball on the north end of CR 215E in Wolcottville. The variance was for a 25 ft. lakeside setback, 21 ft. roadside setback and 7.5 ft. side yard setback on one lot, and 28 ft. and 13 ft. lakeside setbacks and 7.5 ft. side yard setback on a second lot.

LaGrange County REMC had two variance requests approved to place 140 ft. radio communications towers at two sites – CR 450N and CR 250W in Howe and US 20 and CR 1150E in LaGrange.

Agra Feeds at 1065N 625W in Shipshewana had a variance request for a phone and scales shack 35 ft. from the centerline of CR 625W denied. The standard is 80 ft. The BZA felt there was ample room for the shack to be placed at the full setback distance.

Alpha Building Center at 855 N. SR 5 in Shipshewana was approved for a free-standing 24 ft. tall advertising sign where the maximum is 15 ft. The variance also allows them to exceed the total allowable 150 sq. ft., with total signage of 347 sq. ft.

Carl Gaines of 7050S 125E in Wolcottville had a variance request approved to place an attached garage three feet from the south property line.





Olen and Loretta Yoder had a land use variance request approved to build and operate a law furniture business 947 ft. south of 100S on the east side of 1100W in Middlebury.