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Plan commission sends greenhouse back to plat committee


A proposed 27,000 sq. ft. greenhouse in Shipshewana was referred back to the LaGrange County Plat Committee by the LaGrange County Plan Commission Monday evening after the commission felt there was not enough information finalized to be approved.

The plan for the greenhouse on the proposed Morton St. extension north of the town hall was submitted by Noah Miller, and would sit in the first lot of the Miller-King Subdivision which is currently being developed.

However, the commission noted that the developer has not provided a letter of credit that would help guarantee the completion of the planned road extension. The developers are currently in discussion with both the Town of Shipshewana and the county to help fund the work for the road extension, and the amount needed for the line of credit may change, the board was told.

Other questions about the look of the building and materials used in the parking area were also raised.

Commission member Steve Engleking made the motion to return the plan back to the plat committee for further review. “It needs to be done right,” he said. “But I’m not opposed to a greenhouse here.”

In other business:

A site plan by Johnathan and Ida Sue Miller for an AFO at 1910S 400E was approved. The site plan called for a 52x120 ft. calf barn that would hold up to 290 calves. The property’s neighbors to the east asked for the barn to be moved further north, citing concerns over odor. The commission approved the site plan as submitted, noting that it appeared to be far enough north as planned.

The commission approved a site plan for a 7,200 sq. ft. commercial greenhouse at 2190S 900W in Topeka.

Countertops Plus, located at 2230N 500W in LaGrange, had their site plan for a 60x80 ft. commercial addition approved.

Indian Trail Furniture at 1850W 450N in Howe received approval for a 50x50 ft. furniture manufacturing addition.

 North Central LP at 0955W US 20 in LaGrange received approval for a commercial canopy to add a second pumping island, conditional on a letter committing to INDOT standards regarding the driveway at that location.

Butcher Bob’s was approved for a commercial cooler and loading dock at their location at 409 S. Railroad St.

The commission voted to cancel their December meeting.