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Plan commission okays Howe rezone


The LaGrange County Plan Commission gave its approval to a request for a rezone in Howe at their Tuesday evening meeting.

The request by Richard Frischkorn was to rezone the east portion of the block that has the Kingsbury House from U-1 to B-1. The remainder of the block with the business, including two restaurants, is already zoned B-1 and Frischkorn was requesting the rezone so he can restore an old barn on the lot and install a pottery studio.

The rezone will not affect the southern portion of the block, which will remain U-1 for residential.

In other business:

The board approved a Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) for a 2,000-head weaned to finish hog barn. The request was from Calvin and Darlene Schlabach, 7450S 200W in Topeka.

Wayne and Lena Fry of 4365W 700S in Topeka had a site plan for an Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) approved. The plan called for a 76x34 barn for 100 head of replacement dairy heifer calves. The commission requested that the plan include a compost site.

Marvin and Annie Schwartz applied for an AFO for replacement dairy heifer calves as well, which was approved by the commission. The site at 3665N 1150W includes a covered feeding area and will have four paddocks for the calves to rotate through. The commission requested the additional of a mortality pit.

Andrew, Harley and Ernest Mast were approved for an AFO near CR 200N and CR 300W for newborn replacement dairy heifer calves. The site will consist of three “hoop” barns and hold a total of 294 calves, and are meant to replace the small calf “huts” that are normally placed in open fields. The commission was told that the site may come back with an application for a CFO with the possible addition of three more barns.

Tim and Rhonda Miller had a site plan for a wholesale leather goods shop approved. The building will include a small section for a residence. The site is just east of CR 450W on CR 200N and will be situated just over 700 feet north of the road.

The board was told that INDOT had approved the driveway area at the Trading Place Antique Gallery in Shipshewana without any changes for the construction of a pavilion at that location. Construction on the building had started, following the notification by INDOT.