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Shipshe rezone gets okay from plan commission


The LaGrange County Plan Commission forwarded a rezone request for 77.1 acres on the north side of Shipshewana with a favorable recommendation at their Tuesday evening meeting.

The request was made by Alvin Miller and Levi King, who are beginning to make plans to develop the land that sits just north of North St. along SR 5. They came to the plan commission to ask for rezoning from Planned Use Development (PUD) to B-2 and A-1.

The rezoning request was made to put the land back into a more “traditional zoning,” said Engineer Loralee Taylor. “With a PUD, they have to have everything planned and developed according to only what is planned.”

With the change in zoning, the developers can adjust the lots and usage as needed. The B-2 zoning allows a “long list of allowable uses,” Taylor stated. “It’s a resident-friendly zoning.”

The development plan shows Morton St. being extended to North Village Dr. A second street may be added to the east, the commission was told.

The developers agreed to limit the A-1 by restricting it to no Confined Feeding Operations (CFO), Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). The A-1 area would be developed for homes with enough area for a horse pasture.

The use of the undeveloped land in the B-2 area and whether or not it could continue to be farmed until sold and developed was questioned. Plan Commission member Steve Engleking noted that the zoning ordinance does not technically allow ag usage in a B-2, but felt that the county should be in favor of allowing that until the lots are developed.

The rezoning request will next be heard by the LaGrange County Commissioners at their meeting on Monday, May 21.

In other business:

The commission approved a site plan application from Nature’s Comfort for a 60’x128’ warehouse at 3790N SR 5 in Shipshewana.

Glen Bontrager of 1225N 626W in Shipshewana, was approved for a 9,000-head liquid duck barn.

Amos and Leroa Hochstetler’s site plan for a 51’x520’ free range layer barn at 2390S 900W in Topeka was approved.

Anthony and Mary Lou Yoder of 5545S 1125W in Millersburg received approval for a 50’x100’ woodworking ship addition.