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Public hearing set for boat dock regulations

 

The LaGrange County Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, in the county office building as it considers whether or not to make changes to the county’s zoning ordinance relating to docks and piers.

The proposed changes would remove language that puts docks and piers under the accessory use listing, as well as an amendment to the definition of “marina.”

The plan commission will also accept written comments concerning the proposed changes at 114 W. Michigan St. in LaGrange.

If passed, the amendment would go on to the July 2 LaGrange County Commissioners meeting for action. If the commissioners pass the amendment, the change would mean that the county would no longer require those wanting to put piers or docks in to seek a variance from the county, only an Indiana DNR permit. The county would not regulate the placement of piers, if the amendment passes.

At their May 29 meeting, the LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) postponed five separate variance applications for piers on Big Long Lake. The postponements were requested in order to see what action the county would take on the proposed amendments. If the plan commission does not pass the amendments at the June 19 hearing, the applications will be brought back to the BZA at their June 25 meeting.