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BZA tackles full agenda

After taking a month off in December, the LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals had a full slate to run through Tuesday evening.

The board began with a developmental standard variance for Greg Mathias at 3390N 920W. The request was for a four-foot side yard setback on the north property line. The standard in an L-1 zone with sewer is 10 ft. The board was told that Mathias’ contractor had started to build a new deck on that side of the house, moving the deck three feet closer to the line. The addition was reportedly being done to allow better wheelchair access in the future, the board was told.

Construction was stopped last year when it was found that no permit had been issued and that the new deck would require a variance.

The board approved the variance request for the setback.

Two other developmental standard variance requests were heard:

Clete and Nancy Schenkel of 6155S 970E, and their neighbors, Thomas and Donna Christy of 6145S 970E, had side yard and roadside setbacks approved for a pair of garages to be built on adjoining back lots. The Schenkels had side yard setbacks of four and five feet and a roadside setback of 18.4 ft. approved. The Christys had two side yard setbacks of 5 ft. and a roadside setback of 18.7 ft. approved.

Thomas and Regina Hare of 5632S 980E were denied a variance for a 25 ft. lakeside setback for a deck. The standard is 45 ft.

The BZA then turned to several land use variance requests:

Ryan and Jessica Neff of 0060S SR 3 were approved to use a section of a residential structure for an office for their trucking and fertilizer business.

Tower King had a variance approved to erect a 340 ft. cellphone tower with antenna array at the corner of SR 3 and CR 300S.

Yoder Woodworking received approval for a woodworking manufacturing and metal powder coating business east of 280 E. North Village Drive in Shipshewana. The lot is zoned B-2.

Richard and Mary Lambright of 6495W 450N were denied a variance for a retail store in an A-1 zone.

Lavern and Rachel Miller of 1450N 1150W were approved for retail sales of novelty woodworking items manufactured at that location.

Clara and Elvie Frey were approved for a business to repair and manufacture refrigerators and freezers at the intersection of North Village Dr. and Taylor Dr. in Shipshewana.

Sheldon and Myra Hochstetler were approved for a retail store at 3715 North SR 5. The location is zoned A-1.