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Commissioners approve 77-acre Shipshe rezone


LaGrange County Commissioners approved the rezoning of a 77-acre tract of land at the north edge of Shipshewana at Monday’s meeting. The land is owned by Alvin Miller and Levi King and had been zoned for a PUD (planned unit development) some 10 years ago.

    The rezoning approved was for 56.8 acres to B-2 and 20.2 acres to agriculture. The B-2 zoning allows for the construction and development of business and residential units according to Robert Shanahan, county plan director. “Technically, this land is in LaGrange County and that requires the approval of commissioners,” he said.

    The plan director explained that the area will be served by both water and sewer and the owners have agreed not to resist annexation to the Town of Shipshewana. A street will be built extending from North St. in Shipshewana to the road through North Village. There will be no entry to any of the 12 lots in the subdivision from SR 5.

    The 20.2 acres of land zoned for agriculture are on the east side of the property and the developers hope to sell this land to adjacent property owners, according to Shanahan.

    Shanahan also told commissioners that the plan commission will be considering a text amendment to the zoning ordinance at their next meeting. The amendment will be to eliminate the words “pier and dock” from the zoning ordinance.

    Highway Superintendent Jeff Brill announced that his department will be working on widening the intersections of CR 25N and CR 200E within the next two months. Money was approved for this project last month from the Bloomfield Township TIF (tax incremental financing) fund.

    Commissioners approved a revised Comprehensive Emergency Plan (CEMP). The 233-page document was directed by FEMA and has been in the making for some time. This is one of the documents that must be kept up to date for the county to receive funding for up to one-half of the cost of the local emergency plan director’s salary.